Sunday we got a bit more ambitious and took on the mountain road from Mingoville, down to Brush valley, the back roads to Centre Hall (where a calzone lunch was had) then down valley to Blackhawk gap and back on State Forest Gravel roads and old abandoned logging roads along Little Fishing Creek. An excellent 25+ mile loop with 2,700+ ft of elevation gain. I'm pretty sure K will never believe me when I say we are just going for a little ride up the hill again. :) I think she's planning payback with 25 mile, mainly paved road, rides that my mountain bike will lag on.
It's actually a surprisingly awesome ride, starting right at the homestead. There is a challenging hill climb to start (same height, but steeper than Purdue Mountain a popular biker hill climb just down the valley), then a gravel mountain road, then valley backroads by Amish and English farms. A good break spot in Centre Hall at a recently remodeled Brothers Pizza and then pretty rapidly back up the mountain and into State Forest, ending with a wonderful, remote feeling, beautiful, stream gap.