Snow Shoe Rails to Trails has attended the Tour De Forest for the past 8 years. This was a special year as Central Mountain ATVA also attended with us on their first Tour De Forest. The two day ride was led by Maintenance Director of SSRT, Eric Brooks.
We met early Saturday morning at Snow Shoe and traveled
to Brookville for breakfast. Then, on to Marienville Fire Company to
register. There was an atv & snowmobile raffle and lots of clothing
on sale from the local atv club.
Then, off to Forest Lodge to
meet up with Henry Sorgen and some of his crew which was already set up
for camping at the Forest Lodge. Frank & Sue (owners of motel and
campground) are like family to us. They go above and beyond for the SSRT
After riding out a few miles, the Fire Company is
set up for your lunch along the trail. There, we ran into a few of our
friends from Pittsburgh, Chad & Michelle. We rode the wooden
connector across the swamp-what a great idea for continuing the trail
& one that we enjoy each year.
Then, Sunday morning, we
rode directly from the Forest Lodge on our atvs to Marienville to the
Lions Club for breakfast. A great breakfast it was and they tried to
serve the large crowd as quickly as possible. Then, Eric Brooks led us
on the 2nd day of the forest traveling some of the trails that we didn't
get to the first day. We stopped at the huge glacier rocks for a
picture opp, and a few mud (play areas) where everyone in there was
having a blast. We rode the rest of the trail back to the Forest Lodge,
cleaned-up and back to Marienville to eat a great Italian meal at
A great turnout for the Tour De Forest and a great time had by all.
View photos from this event, click here.