Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Northeast Region (B)
Pennsylvania District
Chapter D • Wing Nuts
Cranberry TWP., PA.

Rides from Tom Banks' Archives

Tom Banks was a member of Chapter D along with his wife Marilyn.  Tom passed away December 17, 2011.  Tom was an advid motorcycle rider that usually put more miles on his white Gold Wing Trike than many of us do in our automobiles.  Tom was also meticulous in documenting any ride that he and Marilyn took on their trike or any ride that he led for the chapter.  With Tom, you didn't need a GPS.  He was the GPS.  He knew how long it would take to go from point "A" to point "B."

After Tom's passing, Marilyn gave the chapter all his routes that he created.  Those routes/rides are now being made available to you for your riding enjoyment.  I know Tom would want you to enjoy them.

Ride Mileage Ride Mileage
Avella/Breezy Heights 131.2 Brady's Bend Overlook 1 87.5
Brady's Bend Overlook 2   Breezy Heights 203.1
Carlisle Area 208 Catskills Leaf Tour 834
Chicora Little Amy's   Chimney Rock 270
Clay Haus 325 Claysville 78
Conneaut Lake 195 Cooks Forest 264
Covered Bridge Festival 110 Covered Bridge 244.3
Cyprus Clock 155 Eagle Hotel Restaurant 182.7
Green Cty Covered Bridge 1 160 Green Cty Covered Bridge 2 255
Kinzua 348.7 Kinzua Jakes Rocks  
Kittanning 185 VA & WV Leaf Trip 995.5
Geneva on the Lake 103 Catskills & Letchworth  
Oakherst Tea Room 185 Ozarks Knoxville Wing Ding A lot
Pig Roast 2011 162.8 Pymatuning 114
Tail of the Dragon 385 Scenic ride from Ashville, NC 237
Scenic Water Falls Ride 296 Shaker Woods 194
Shakleyville 226 Shenandoah Apple Blossom 572
Smuckers 248.8 Somerset Area 1 125
Somerset Area 2   Cherohola Skyway 615
Tripoli Launch Ride 314 Wooden Nickel 120
Yankee Peddler 112    

Between May 19, 2010 and June 21, 2010, Tom and Marilyn took a 9272 mile (give or take a couple hundred) trip across this great country of ours.  His route cue sheets are in the below file.  Tom's meticulous route calculations matched the computer generated layout I used to plot their route to being either spot on or within five miles of the daily route.  I have included a screen shot from Google Earth showing their route.  Each colored section represents one day's route.

This is a file containing the cue sheets.  The file is a little more than 5MB.  Cross Country Trip

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