Featured Event: unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley – by Guitar Ted
The Pennsylvania countryside in Fall is supposed to be a beautiful thing, or so I have been told. I would know, but an unfortunate family health issue prevented me from attending the second unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley event. Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes. The good news is that the team there in Pennsylvania has decided to do it all again this coming Fall. So, I have a second chance at this. Perhaps it will be your first? I hear it is a good time.
unPAved is held in Lewisburg, home of Bucknell College, (which will be on break the weekend of the event, by the way), and is also the site of the Lewisburg Fall Festival. Riders are invited to come in on Friday, the weekend of the event, and enjoin in frivolity on a pub crawl dubbed “Get unGravelled”. Saturday is rider sign in during the Fall festival, of course. There will be good food and drink there, so some good “getting to know one another time” is sure to be happening there.
Saturday will also feature a slew of family oriented activities, bike vendors, and fun social rides starting at Hufnagle Park. That evening riders are invited to Campus Theater to walk the red carpet into the rider’s meeting.
unPaved’s promoters, Dave Pryor and Mike Kuhn, promise that these roads the event will take in are some of the best gravel riding Pennsylvania has to offer. Course distance choices are 120 miles, 90 miles, 54 miles, or a recreational 30 mile ride is offered for family and friends who aren’t as crazy as you might be.
The event proper is on Sunday where riders will take off on their adventures in the Pennsylvania Amish and mountain country. Aid stations, fully stocked and manned by friendly volunteers, await those taking the challenge. Those who roll back into Lewisburg at the end of the day are invited to the after-party, dubbed “DONEpaved”, where adult beverages, fun, a tasty meal and whoopie pies from the Cornerstone Cafe await the tired cyclists.
unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley happens on October 11th, 2020. Registration opens April 4th at 9:00am EST.
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