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!
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.)