Dual sport riding in and around the PA Grand Canyon
Photos and descriptions by Jim Montanus, Rochester, NY

Collection of some of my photos of adventure riding in and around the PA Grand Canyon from 2004 to present.

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This scene is between Wellsboro and Leonard Harrison State Park. Unfortunately, they cut down these trees so this scene no longer exists.

Beulah Land is a place referenced in the bible. And Beulah Land Road, pictured here,
is a little piece of dual sport riding heaven.

The legendary PA Route 6.

A little side road running along the Pine Creek Gorge near Slate Run.

Overlooking Kettle Creek

Owassee Road, a nice little diversion near Colton Point State Park.


Oil Well between Bradford and Allegeny Reservoir.

The low water in Allegheny Reservoir revealed an old road submerged back in the 60's when the Kinzua Dam was first built.

Kettle Creek State Park

Beulah Land Road between Cedar Run and Waterville near Okome.

Scene along Route 6 between Mansfield and Wellsboro

Galeton, PA at dusk


Wellsboro still uses real gas lamps

A little dirt road I found along the Susquehanna

Pine Creek Gorge near Cedar Run

The famed Kinzua Bridge, once the largest bridge of it's type in the world, reduced to rubble after an F1 Tornado blew it down a few years ago.

Clay Mine road where it meets Stoney Fork Road

Ultra Clear viewing conditions make stargazing a nice pasttime in the PA Grand Canyon. This 15 minute time exposure shows one of the spiral arms of our own Milky Way Galaxy and due to the star trails, illustrates the earths rotation


Big Run Road running out of Blackwell


Barn near Stoney Fork

Waterville Hotel before they ruined it by remodeling it extensively. It had so much character.

Colton Point State Park

Rt. 414 between Blackwell and Cedar Run

Dave Kessler and family are pictured here. He is my dual sport guru, having turned me on to the PA Grand Canyon, GPS and a lot more.

My poor Accord is a lot rustier now, but going on 400K miles and still running like a champ

Little bar near Sinnemahoning

North Bend

The Susquehanna River Valley is like a whole other PA Grand Canyon, only with no roads running through it.

Exploring little side roads near Stoney Fork

Friday night lights - I came across this football stadium nestled among the mountains on a cool, crisp fall night. It was quite a sight. Blossburg, PA - home of the North Penn Panthers.

Cedar Run

Wanna make your woman happy and have an excuse to ride too? Here's your answer. The Cedar Run Inn. She'll love you for it. Plus, there are unbelievably sweet dirt roads running in every direction.

Here's one picture that wasn't taken in PA. This was the view from the top of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This is down in the PA Grand Canyon itself. I brought my mountain bike and rode the rail trail. Here's something you can do to make the whole family happy. USA Today called it one of the top ten places in the country to take a family bike ride.

Miscellaneous photos

Spectacular Lightning Display over Lake Ontario‏ Incredible storm that passed by in August 2011
Todd Clemens jetskiing on Lake Ontario From riding in epic storms to getting big air, this cat can fly!
Highlights from my best fishing season ever 2011 was a banner year for bass and pike in Lake Ontario
Sunrises and Sunsets over Lake Ontario Miscellaneous collection of shots, summer 2011
Aerial shots of Lake Ontario Shoreline Photos by Neil Montanus Fall, 2009
Neil Montanus career retrospective Highlights from the epic photographic career of Neil Montanus
Yosemite National Park photos Collection of Neil's best photos from his years in Yosemite
Backroads of Pennsylvania Collection of my adventure riding photos 2004 to present
Fireworks along Lake Ontario 4th of July, 2010, 2009 and 2008
Sky Lodge A magnificent Lodge nestled in the hills surrounding the Finger Lakes
My new Acura TL She poses in front of various landmarks around Rochester
Bruce Peninsula, Ontario Canada The pure, pristine waters of the Georgian Bay
Underwater Photos in 1000 Islands Taken with Jacques Cousteau's original camera! August '06
Thousand Islands 2008 Scuba diving, fishing and boating with Allison
Riding through the PA Grand Canyon Allison gets on the back of my dirtbike for an incredible adventure
Videos and photos from Siesta Key Florida, '09 The pure, pristine quartz sands of the finest beach in the world
Rochester in Bloom The amazing flowering Magnolia Trees along Oxford Street in Roch.
Old Vintage Photos of the Neighborhood Bell bottoms were in, and fun was the order of the day...
Cedar Run Inn, PA Quaint B&B nestled in the Pennsylvania mountains
Blue Angels Photographed at the Rochester International Air show
Rainbow River in Ocala, Florida The clearest, most pristine river in the US, with 150 visibility!
Seven Wonders of Orleans County The Great Shoe Tree, the Culvert - still a work in progress
Jet-skiing on Long Pond 1-1-07 Tod Clemens goes Jet-skiing on New Year's Day, 2007
Christmas with the kids Christmas, 2008
Toronto  April 12-15, 2007 For Allison's Birthday
Horse Carriage Ride Ride through the PA Grand Canyon with the kids

James Montanus' Motorcycle Adventures
"Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive."
~ Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Suzuki DL1000 'V-Strom' Rides (God rides a V-Strom - check it out!)
Ride to the BuckTail Trail in Pennsylvania 660 mile ride through the mountains of PA in August of '06
Ride along the Oatka Trail, Genesee Valley I tried to follow the Oatka Creek to it's source and discovered some beautiful places along the way.
Wolcott to Olcott (and Oswego too!) Nice ride along Lake Ontario shoreline with Tony Orr
'05 Fall Foliage tour of White Mountains Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Mt. Washington, more...
First Ride on the new V-Strom! 435 mile ride through Finger Lakes area, Lake Ontario shoreline
Labor Day ride through PA Mountains PA Grand Canyon, Bucktail Trail, Lock Haven, etc.
Nice ride with Bob M. through the Finger Lakes Two bikes. Seven Finger Lakes. Eight hours. 253 miles.
Ride to the eco-disaster site, Love Canal Being interested in the history of Love Canal, I ventured out to see what was there today. The results were interesting.
Dual Sport Rides - Honda XR650R
Dual sport ride with Tommy Barlow Nice 130 mile ride through the PA Mountains for some late foliage
Best of PA Grand Canyon ride photos Collection of adventure riding photos since 2004
Awesome PA Grand Canyon Ride Dual Sport ride in and around the Pine Creek Gorge (Fall 2006)
 Yet another PA Grand Canyon Ride This is really getting to be a habit (Fall 2007)
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Adventure Dual sport motorcycle ride, 9-24-04
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Adventure Another dual sport ride, 10-7-04
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Adventure My very first PA Grand Canyon ride courtesy of Dave Kessler
Hancock, NY AMA National Dual Sport Ride Sweet (but gruelling) dual sport ride through Catskill Mountains
Southern Tier Enduro Riders Trail ride Organized dual-sport ride in Jasper, N.Y.
Ride to Majestic Trails, Kinzua Bridge Dual sport ride to Majestic Trails to the Historic Kinzua Bridge
Vermont/Mass.Fall Foliage Tour Dual sport ride through Berkshire and Green Mountains
Revisiting the MX Glory Days at Zoar Dave Box returns to the site of the original Zoar Valley Motopark.
Zoar Valley Tour Fast paced tour of Zoar Valley and Cattaraugus County 10-31-04
  Bruce Peninsula Motorcycle Tour Dual Sport ride on Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Nooby rides through the Finger Lakes in '07 Vine Valley, Italy Valley, Prattsburg, Naples, Springwater, etc.
Nooby does another Dual Sport Ride! Watkins Glen, FLNF, Connecticut Hill, etc.
Finger Lakes National Forest Exploration of the FLNF - dual sport ride
Rattlesnake Hill to Angelica on 6-12-04 (dual sport exploration ride)
Another Fantastic Naples to Hammondsport Ride on 6-6-04 (dual sport ride)
Beautiful, scenic Southern Tier Ride On 5-29-04, Naples, Springwater, Cohocton, Vine Valley.
Klipnocky?? What the hell is that? Southern Tier dual sport ride
Tour De Finger Lakes A 190 mile dual sport ride (GPS map only-not pictures)
Finger Lakes National Forest Exploration of the FLNF - dual sport ride
Tug Hill ride Dual Sport ride on 6-20-03 from Osceola to Timber View
California Rides
My Epic California motorcycle adventure Road ride on a Honda VFR 800, summer of 2002, through Norcal
The second California Adventure from 2002 With Todd Fess - road ride, Honda VFR 800's along PCH
Riding a Harley on the Pacific Coast Highway Riding a rented Fat Boy, San Francisco, October, 1999
Fun Stuff, etc.
Four Wheeling through the California Desert In a rented Ford Explorer - Death Valley, Mt.Whitney, etc.
Sophisticated Red-Necks ride Highly cultured Red Necks on dirt bikes, Naples, Kueka Lake, etc.
The WHEELIE Files Wheelie pictures of me at Braddocks Bay State Park
'Where's Timmy 2001' A Tug Hill Odyssey (dual sport ride)