Motorcycling and coal burning: correlation?

PostBy: stockingfull On: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:44 pm

Between this and the other thread, looks like the DS stable in NE PA could support all riders on this board, whether from near or far!

But, apart from whether we can ride on the slagpiles, how about a sport-touring-type ride/meet? That is, enjoy the ride to the Poconos, learn a little about the coal which has brought us all to this board, then enjoy a ride or two more on the way home.

Can I get an amen?
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PostBy: Matthaus On: Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:42 pm

stockingfull wrote:.... how about a sport-touring-type ride/meet? That is, enjoy the ride to the Poconos, learn a little about the coal which has brought us all to this board, then enjoy a ride or two more on the way home.

Can I get an amen?


Count me in! I have been wanting to take a tour of the Anthacite Museum in Scranton for some time now (even though I live 20 min away for the past 6 years, haven't done it yet).

I own a townhouse in the Big Boulder area of the Poconos that sleeps 10, can offer it up for some cheap lodging as long as I know in advance so it isn't rented or otherwise committed. http://www.homeaway.com/USA/Pennsylvani ... 149073.htm

My problem is no time to organize something like this, can help though. Who else is in? :)
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PostBy: Cap On: Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:00 pm

Cap is in. I'd like to vist the Scranton Museum too.
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PostBy: cheapheat On: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:45 pm

I wouldlove to be in for the trip but I dont have a bike :( I am willing however to cut the roof off my taurus and drive with a helmet on, Will that get me in? Ive been looking at micro-breweries in PA to visit this summer anyway. My whole dream scenario involved the family on a camping trip to PA and some brewery visits then on the return leg home picking up 5 ton of rice coal at the summer-time discount price. The best part of my dream was when I overloaded the trailer and had to leave the wife in PA. So how about it should I sawzall off the roof tonight ? :) Jim
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PostBy: Cap On: Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:49 pm

I see a lot of holes( no pun intended ) in your plans.

1. Likely would be on a w/e. Not sure you can buy from a breaker on a w/e.
2. You could take the yeungling tour. In fact, part of the tour takes you into a hole in the side of a mtn in pottsville. Open on w/e's
3. Micro brews in PA? I know of one. The Brew works in Bethlehem, PA. Not much more than a restaurant with bad beer.
4. You may find a few in Scranton along with some holes in the sides of hills where strip mining occurs.

We'd love to have you, the family & convertible along for the ride. You can drive hold up the rear!

':twisted:'
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PostBy: stockingfull On: Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:06 pm

Now we're gettin' somewhere!

If the museum is considered a good one, maybe that's the place to start. And, although Yuengling was considered rotgut when I was a kid, I think they're now sort of a poor-man's Sam Adams; I've been a fan for several years. That tour would be fun too, as long as we don't have to ride afterward.

So, how 'bout early June? Weekend of 6/8, 9, 10 work? That'll give our Finger Lakes brother time to cut up his car.... :transformer:
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PostBy: cheapheat On: Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:21 am

It looks like rain for the next couple days so im not cutting the roof off yet. Stoudts brewing in Adamstown has a microbrew festival three times this summer starting June 9th, Why couldnt I have married a women who appreciates fine beer. Ill drink anything twice but I dont consider Yuengling a microbrew. Ive allready told the wife that touring coal country was high on my list this summer, you should have seen her face when I was trying to explain the underground coal fires. Seriously though this all sounds cool as long as I got the time off and there was a good campground nearby I probably wouldnt follow you guys on bikes to well but I would enjoy touring the sights. Jim
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PostBy: coal berner On: Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:26 am

hello all i do not have a bike any more but if you would like to take the yuengling brewery tour i would ment you there and when the tour is over i will take you to all of the breakers you want to see i grew up in pottsville pa and now i live 4miles east of potts. we can go to at lease 6 to 7 with in 10 to 22 miles of brewery and i can tell you a little history about them and which ones are the good deep mined coal and which are stipped mined coal and if any of you seen the coal mine on the the discovery channel dirty jobs i can take you there also it is at the other end of pottsville 5 min away from yuengling when i was young and dumb myself and a few friends went down inside the mine there was a few years when it was not operating so we plug in the coal car and went for a ride down in it and endated up derailed and walking out about a 1/4 mile or so boy that was fun??? so if you all are up for a tour of yuengling and coal breakers let me know it would have to be on a saturday tours are open and breakers are open until 12:00 noon and some until 3:00 pm here is the brewery site http://www.yuengling.com they have 3 tours on a saturday any one can p.m. me for more info hope to see you all take care
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PostBy: stockingfull On: Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:37 am

Now coal berner's got the concept I originally had in my feverish head: real mines, real breakers, real riding and real brew, all real close together. (Actually my stoker comes from a defunct mfr out of Orwigsburg, which looks like little more than walking distance from Pottsville.) Looks like Yuengling's right in P-ville, tours at 11 AM, noon and 1 PM -- and they've got a Rathskeller, vintage 1936! :occasion5:


http://www.yuengling.com/tour.htm
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


And looks like weekend of June 9 won't be terrible either, although Adamstown (and the Stoudt brewery) is further south.

Suppose, for example, we meet at the Yuengling brewery for the 11 AM or noon tour, have lunch and a couple beers in or near the brewery at midday, then head out on the mine circuit as soon as we're fit to ride in the afternoon. We'll have a late sunset so we can stay on the mine trail as long as there's light and anything to see, then hole up someplace for dinner, and easily ride back toward our homes on Sunday, maybe after a little morning riding and/or mine-peeping.

At that time of year around a town the size of P-ville, shouldn't be hard to find economical lodging (since we'd be pretty far south of Matthaus' ski lodge).

All the above is just one idea for the ride plan. Feel free to toss in amendments or alternatives.

This'll be fun. "Rice berners" unite! :wav:

(And I think we ought to be ecumenical and welcome non-riders. Hell, this doesn't even have to be a ride at all. When I looked at the ale and porter at the Yuengling site, the first thing I thought of was to take the car! But it's great riding country, so ya takes your choice.)
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PostBy: coal berner On: Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:01 pm

orwigsburg pa is 6 miles from my house and 8 miles from pottsville pa there are 2 motels with in 1/4 to 1/2 miles from pottsville / yuenglings now as far as drinking to much at yuenglings not a problem they only give you 1 or 2 beers after the tour but there is a ton of bars in and around pottsville and lots of eating places he are the names of the motels if any one needs info pottsville motor inn and fairlane motor inn and the roads to the breakers are two lanes and lots of curves and twisty black top and dirt roads you will have lots of rideing in when the day is over i have it all map out and if any one would like to go to the pioneer tunnel coal mine for a tour we can do that to it is in ashland pa 20 miles from pottsville it would be on the breakers tour at the end if any one needs more info p.m. me
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PostBy: stockingfull On: Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:40 pm

OK, we got all the ingredients in a compact radius, even a local "coal berning" tour guide; what more can you ask for???

Many thanks to c.b. for the generous offer to share his local expertise.

So, let's get on this, boyz!

Anybody who can't do the June 8-9 weekend?
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PostBy: Matthaus On: Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:27 am

I second the sentiment of welcoming all fellow coal forum members (and nonmembers/family/friends) regradless of mode of transportation. :idea:

That weekend works for me, lets do this!! :director: :occasion5:
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PostBy: Yanche On: Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:10 am

Don't own a bike. Can I make the tour in a pickup? Maybe I can be the service vehicle/canteen. :-)
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PostBy: stockingfull On: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:13 am

Come one, come all! This board ain't big enough yet to be exclusive. :grouphuuug:

As of now, we've got 8 riders on the board, but only 3 so far who've weighed in on this trip. Plus 3 non-riders. Gotta be more interest than that here.

So I'm thinking that, even though I'm a rice stoker, I ought to "shake the grate" a little bit to flush people out before we pack this link away for the summer.

So look for a new thread, which I'm thinking will be something like "Rice Berners Tour Coal Country June 9" or such like.
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PostBy: Matthaus On: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:52 am

Yanche wrote:Don't own a bike. Can I make the tour in a pickup? Maybe I can be the service vehicle/canteen. :-)


Yanche, we definitely want your company! Come in whatever you want to drive. :)
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