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Guided Dual Sport Rides

We’re super proud to have the Del Val Trail Riders as our partners, helping us create amazing dual sport routes for this year’s Over And Out! The DVTR team knows the area well, and has not only helped us create banging routes, but key members will be supporting us as guides and sweeps!

For riders with plated dirt bikes, enduros or dual sport bikes, these rides will go out from the OAO event space and explore some awesome off-road routes in the local area. Reminder: you must have an event ticket to sign up for the dual sport rides! Get one here.

Learn all about this year’s rides and sign up below!

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THE GUIDES

Our amazing guide this year is Marika Pamart, a passionate rider and coordinator of all-women’s track days. Marika will be leading the pack, flanked by experienced dual sport sweeps from the DVTR. You’ll be in excellent hands on this ride, 1000%!

Marika is super passionate about female riding experiences, and just as Over And Out was created to provide cross-exposure for women who ride enduro vs. dual sport, Marika also created a program called Ruts To Racelines that has the same philosophy - exposing asphalt track riders to dirt and vice-versa!

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THE RIDES

FRIDAY 1 - 5pm | THE GHOST TOWN

Friday’s route will go out from OAO to the town of Centralia, PA, once a populated coal mining town until an uncontrollable underground fire broke out in the mining tunnels back in 1962, still burning to this day!

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The town went into decline, and in the 90’s the town’s buildings were condemned and the zip code officially eliminated. Since then the ground has continued to fissure and shift making it an eerie sight. The town was the inspiration for the design of the psychological horror game, Silent Hill.

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What was once PA Route 61 has over time come to be known as The Graffiti Highway. Here’s a nice article about The Graffiti Highway on Forbes. And, here’s a hilarious one from Buzzfeed.

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SATURDAY 9am - 4pm | MOUNTAIN OF THE SLEEPING BEAR

The town of Jim Thorpe was originally named Mauch Chunk, meaning “Mountain of the Sleeping Bear”. Nestled between beautiful ridges full of foliage, it has been referred to as “The Switzerland of America” and consistently named one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America!

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Saturday’s dual sport ride will depart from the OAO event and cover a wide range of terrain: farm roads with sweeping views, dirt trails through the woods, rocky haul roads and more. You’ll stop along some beautiful overlooks for fun photo ops before making your way into the town of Jim Thorpe.

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This ride will stop in town by about 12pm to grab lunch at Molly Maguires (lunch is not included). The restaurant is named for the Molly Maguires - a 19th century Irish secret society known for activism, but whose members were accused of crimes and executed right in the town of Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe. This history remains a big piece of local Pennsylvania lore.

And on the way back you’ll stop for ice cream! haha.

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GUIDELINES

  • These routes are for plated, registered and insured bikes, low to mid-range cc.

  • We recommend a max of 650cc, flexible to what you are comfortable on.

  • You must have a license and wear a DOT helmet, familiarize yourself with hand signals.

  • We strongly encourage full protective riding gear - armored jackets, boots, gloves.

  • Please read ALL the guidelines, requirements and recommendations on the Eventbrite registration page.

  • Please be prepared at your time of departure with a full tank and an empty bladder :)

And, of course, have a frickin’ BLAST!!!

Dirt Bikes and S'mores and Bears, Oh My!

This year, Over And Out is in a brand new event space, and a whole extra day, so we know that ladies rolling in on Friday are going to dive right in to get the lay of the land and braaaap their hearts out!

Come Friday night, as the sun sets on our first day of riding, we’ll be joined by environmental education specialist, Robin Tracey, from our neighbor to the north, the Tuscarora State Park. Robin will join us around the fire to tell us all about local furry “friends”, and my own personal spirit animal: bears!

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Part of living an adventurous lifestyle is acknowledging the responsibility that comes along with venturing into the natural habitats of bears and other animals.

Both Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer a wide variety of environmental education, recreational, and interpretive activities, like guided walks, and evening programs. Through these activities, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural resources.

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Robin will tell us all about bears of the world, and of this region, their habitats, as well as feeding and sleeping habits. We’ll also discuss what you should do if you encounter a bear in the wild. (I’m torn between running away screaming vs. trying to feed it by chucking it some of my Honey Stingers. I’m sure Robin will advise.)

Here’s a picture of baby bears, just because…

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Robin’e Bear Talk will be happening on-site at Over And Out Friday 6/21 at 7:30pm. We’ll light the bonfire (weather permitting), bust out the s’mores and get our bear-ings! ;P

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For anyone who isn’t necessarily riding a motorcycle the entire time at OAO, you can also join Robin for an educational hike through the Tuscarora State Park:

Saturday 6/22 at 10:30am - Hike through the Tuscarora State Park’s Crow, Lake View and Spirit Trails. The hike is 9 miles in length, and moderate in difficulty. Meeting place is in the Crow Trail parking lot. Shine only, and bring a lunch (and hiking-worthy shoes obvi) Specific questions? Call Robin at (570) 467-2506.