ABAL - Intermediate/Expert
August 16-20, 2023...The Allegheny Backcountry Adventure Loop (ABAL) is a 5 day, 4 night moto-camping Guided Tour covering diverse western Pennsylvania terrain. Big hilly panorama to dense forest, vista views to river valleys, twisty pavement to dirt roads, small town charms to wilderness. And on this Intermediate-Expert version, 100 miles of trails spread out over the ride including parts of 4 of the 5 ANF OHM Trails and historic rail trails! Our favorite ride in the arsenal, the ABAL was developed over 5 years to find the best the area has to offer!
The ABAL covers amazing terrain in Western Pennsylvania including McConnell Mill State Park, Moraine State Park, Allegheny & Clarion River Valleys, Allegheny Plateau, Oil Creek State Park, Allegheny National Forest (ANF), Hickory Creek Wilderness, National Natural Landmark Cook Forest, and many interesting places in between. We will pass through beautiful scenery, historic sites such as ghost towns including camping in one on our last night of the tour, oil relics and old rail lines, small towns with mom-n-pop's, and a great mix of pavement, gravel, dirt, and 2-track. There are only 3 traffic lights during the entire 5 day tour, and they are all on day 1!
An ANF Trail Pass will be required to complete the ABAL. Please purchase this pass ahead of the Tour, we will not pass a Ranger Office/Vendor prior to our first set of trails. The ABAL tour is limited to 10 participants!
On Wednesday afternoon an easy going scenic ride of the McConnell Mill/Moraine State Parks is available. A local campground will serve as our starting point for the ABAL as well as a meet & greet moto-camp dinner on Wednesday evening. Trucks/trailers can be parked here for the duration of our tour. Each night we will camp at a different location including a dispersed camp at my favorite spot in the Hickory Creek Wilderness of ANF. A ghost town will serve as our accommodations on the final night. Besides Hickory Creek, all other nights of camping will have amenities including vault and/or flush toilets, shower house, drinkable water, and is included in the price of the tour.
Along with dinner on Wednesday, cost of the tour also includes breakfast on Thursday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday from head chef Mama Wags as well as full guiding services. Cost does not include gas, refreshments/meals (with the exception of those noted above), ANF OHM Trail Pass, or guarantee of the weather. Part of riding on a Group Tour is working as a team, it is recommended that we pull together to make dinner for the group at our dispersed camp on Thursday evening. Friday the group will have the option to stop at a local establishment for a sit down meal prior to heading to camp.
You must use your own motorcycle or that of a friend’s, at this time Appalachian ADV does not have rental bikes. Please check Riders Share for motorcycle rentals. We will not have a support truck, we will live off of our bikes for the duration of the ride to make this an authentic ADV experience (I will have a couple volunteers helping me out with food prep on Wed evening as well as Sat-Sun meals noted above).
THE BEST RIDE in the Appalachian ADV line-up! Our ABAL Tour has been used by previous adventurers to prepare for tackling a Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR). Use this ABAL version as a test ride for tackling a longer BDR or multi-day or multi-week trip living off the bikes! It is a great opportunity to test out your packing, gear, bike handling while loaded, living off the bike, camp set-up/break down, etc. Some of our new friends have taken the experience they gained on the ABAL and tore up the MA, NE, ID, CO, AZ, & UT. Let Appalachian ADV help prepare you for your next BDR adventure!
Participants will receive email communications prior to the event with more information.
Appalachian ADV is a Recreational Promoter Charter with the American Motorcyclist Association. Membership is not required to attend our Sanctioned events but we do encourage you to give them a look and join!
Friends of the ABAL
- 5-Day guided tour of amazing terrain in Western Pennsylvania including off road terrain on Thursday through Sunday
- 2 Dinners (Wednesday & Saturday)
- 2 Breakfasts (Thursday & Sunday)
- Tent camping at some of Appalachian ADV's favorite spots
- Truck/Trailer parking
- Rider support including rider coaching, GPS tracking/communications for the family at home, Ride Lead certified in first aid/CPR as well as AMA Road Captain and Trail Boss, a set of general tools (metric), tire repair/tubes/air, tow strap, siphon, etc. for roadside repairs as well as assistance in obtaining recovery services, if needed
- One Tour T-Shirt
- The ABAL Photo Dump...Appalachian ADV sets up a shared folder so ride participants can upload and download shared pictures!
What's Not Included:
- Dinner on Thursday & Friday
- Breakfast on Friday & Saturday
- Personal insurance and incidentals
- ANF OHM Trail Pass
Please review our FAQs for answers to common questions including our definitions of ADV Skill Levels and Terrain Ratings.
Appalachian ADV is an outfitters and guides permit holder with the USDA USFS ANF.
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Disclaimers: Participants of Appalachian ADV Rallies and Group Tour events must be a minimum age of 18 years old. Waiver forms will be made available and completion is required prior to participation. Appalachian ADV events are an all-weather affair, we like nature and everything it throws at us. A minimum 50/50 tire is required but Appalachian ADV strongly suggests a more dirt-oriented tire that includes some level of knobblies. Appropriate armor for your body and bike as well as the appropriate skill, mental toughness, and attitude are also required! The goal is to challenge yourself and have fun! So, be prepared to pick up your bike with a smile!