RAC riding 2017

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Post by stretchride » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:45 pm

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stretchride wrote: Guys, is the riding 7 days/week/holidays etc? Yup

Are they really requiring insurance proof on a dirt bike? yes, but just send them the card for your Honda. I sent them the insurance card that listed all my bikes and my permit showed up in a week. The YZ wasn't on the card since I don't have coverage on it but its what will be ridden there. The permit you receive does NOT list your bike, just a number that gets pinned to you...

No provision to bring a guest I guess? No, each rider has to have a permit
Any camping allowed? No

Hey J, how long a drive for you from Mt. Airy? It would be a little over 2.5hrs to St.Clair. But there should be lots of options for truck pools.

So tempting....I need more riding in my life this year for sure... JUST DO IT!

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Thanks SJ, great idea on the Honda papers...
I am SURE to regret it if I don't do it.

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Post by stretchride » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:01 pm

Bucho wrote:
stretchride wrote: So tempting....I need more riding in my life this year for sure...

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Do it Ken!

I feel you about needing more riding in my life. While part of me, doesn't like the idea of paying $125 up front to go ride. I guess this is good motivation to go ride! It will drive me a little insane to spend that and NOT get my monies worth.

And I agree w/ J. If you have to, just send them registration/insurance info for your Honda. The permit is for you and not your bike.
Yeah you nailed it, it'll drive me insane too! So just gotta figure out honestly if I think I can get up there enough. Between the planned rides like Granville's, Kylers PA GT, the KY Trail Invitational (haha!), and the usual Cove/Shade/Greenbrier/King George/Michaux jaunts here and there, there's a lot I'd like to do (not to mention some of the enduros and the NJ rides and the Shenandoah which I've still never done).
I know, preaching to the choir right


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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by 2way2wheels » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:59 pm

I found SJ's TT guy - report on RAC trails.

His Saturday 3/25/17 report: MattMc and I rode up over Burma on the Big bikes today- It looks like 95% snow is gone! parking lot is clear and everything we could see was just about clear- a little snow here and there but nothing major- certainly rideable. I would have no problem riding Burma from today on- I would say Darkwater side will be clear by next weekend if not sooner. In short

GAME ON 2017 !!!!!!!!!!



I'm willing to go Thursday 3/30 if anybody can make it.

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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Skinny-J » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:34 am

That's great to hear the snow is gone! I can't make any mid-week rides until after Tax season but I hope you make it out. :thumbup:

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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Laoch » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:32 pm

Check yer mailbox. Big changes are coming.
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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by trialsrider » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:45 pm

What are the changes


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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Skinny-J » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:47 am

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Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:45 pm
What are the changes


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So it sounds like the Reading Anthracite Company (RAC) has realized there is $ to be made off this thing. After years of just collecting money for simple access, it appears to me they are going to try and step it up some. They have formed a new company called Famous Reading Outdoors (FRO) and TALK about marking trails and marketing the place more in general. I am not exactly sure what benefits WE will receive but THEY are raising the fee from $125 to $175 starting in 2018.

I am not sure how I feel about all this. I am definetly not excited about paying more, although they said if you have a permit for 2017, they will hold the price for 2018 to the same $125. But that's just a tease for one year. Marking the trails would be nice, and some trail maintenance could be helpful, but to me that's not worth another $50\yr as we seem to get by just fine without these things now. All I really see this doing is drawing in more Kwad-tards racing up and down the haul roads. Then again I don't like change so I guess I will have to try and keep an open mind and hope this doesn't turn into what Tower City did years ago...

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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Laoch » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:13 am

Skinny-J wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:47 am
trialsrider wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:45 pm
What are the changes


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So it sounds like the Reading Anthracite Company (RAC) has realized there is $ to be made off this thing. After years of just collecting money for simple access, it appears to me they are going to try and step it up some. They have formed a new company called Famous Reading Outdoors (FRO) and TALK about marking trails and marketing the place more in general. I am not exactly sure what benefits WE will receive but THEY are raising the fee from $125 to $175 starting in 2018.

I am not sure how I feel about all this. I am definetly not excited about paying more, although they said if you have a permit for 2017, they will hold the price for 2018 to the same $125. But that's just a tease for one year. Marking the trails would be nice, and some trail maintenance could be helpful, but to me that's not worth another $50\yr as we seem to get by just fine without these things now. All I really see this doing is drawing in more Kwad-tards racing up and down the haul roads. Then again I don't like change so I guess I will have to try and keep an open mind and hope this doesn't turn into what Tower City did years ago...

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Yeah. If they actually make a trail system of sorts that would be good. I'll probably go in again for next year, but after that :shrug:
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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Skinny-J » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:45 am

FRO (Famous Reading Offroad) has a new website up: https://readingoutdoors.com/tract-parking-entry-maps

The track boundaries on the map page is way cool; wish I could figure a way to overlay our GPS tracks on it else import the boundary lines into Mapsource....

They even have an on-line application process now.

...and I was concerned we weren't getting anything for the increase in the cost of the permit.... :shrug:

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Re: RAC riding 2017

Post by Skinny-J » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:20 pm

Ok, I was able to convert our GPS tracks into KMZ and merge them onto the FRO boundary map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit? ... 32612&z=14 (Ken, I tried to embed the google map here using the option on the menu but couldn't get it to work; maybe you can?)

I was really curious about the loop up in the north-east corner where we come across the State Game lands signs. It looks to me like we are off FRO property but just for a little bit before we are right back on for the entire rest of the trail; this makes me feel better. I was also surprised out on the very west end (not counting x-ing 901) we are actually off FRO property in a couple places....; oh well.

I thought it was pretty impressive that these trails cover a good majority of the available area, at least on the Darkwater side.

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