Over the weekend, we celebrated the first ever Bicycle Times Adventure Fest on the shores of Raystown Lake in Central Pennsylvania. We were welcomed by more than 400 readers and new friends for blue skies, warm temperatures and endless fall colors through the hills of the Allegheny Mountains.
Trek Bikes hosted a huge fleet of demo bikes chosen from its touring and adventure lines, the first time they have ever hosted a demo event of bikes built for adventure riders. And what an adventure the rides were. There isn’t much flat land in this part of the country and a heartfelt congratulations is in order for everyone who tackled one of the paved or unpaved route options ranging from 13 to more than 100 miles.
The fun didn’t end when the ride did, though. We had a whole expo area with vendors and exhibitors from bike shops to coffee shops. If you needed something for you or your bike, Race Pace Bicycles came up from the Baltimore area and Rothrock Outfitters was on hand from nearby Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with some end-of-season deals. If you wanted to get out on the water you could jump in a kayak or paddleboard from Wilderness Voyageurs from Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.
After the adventure it was time to relax, with tunes from the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and free beer flowing from Happy Valley Brewing Company under an amazing canopy of stars.
Finally, we owe a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make Adventure Fest happen—we couldn’t have done it without you.