Centralia, P.A., Abandoned town...any riding??


22 replies to this topic
  • Punchy

Posted July 02, 2008 - 06:51 PM

#1

It seems this town is abandoned because of a underground coal fire, I'm betting there's got to be some trail ridding going on there. Anyone know the scoop?

  • bil2303

Posted July 02, 2008 - 08:54 PM

#2

An underground mine fire has been burning for almost fifty years, causing the population to dwindle to just a few people.

  • DuaneW

Posted July 03, 2008 - 04:40 AM

#3

They keep having giant sinkholes that swallow roads houses etc from the coal being burnt up underground. The idea of having the ground collapse and swallow you into a burning coal vein is a little scary. The ground litterally is smoking in areas it is a freaky place.

  • Kitchener

Posted July 03, 2008 - 05:46 AM

#4

Doesn't the Reading Anthracite Company's riding permit they sell include this area, or close to it?

  • yamazuki20

Posted July 28, 2008 - 06:54 PM

#5

the reading anthracite permit covers areas close to centralia but theres a couple of other coal companies in the area directly around centralia. The town isn't abandoned there are still a few people living there (around 17 i think not positive on the exact population). There are some trails in the area but the police dont want you there and most of the people around there dont either. The police are now patroling alot of the mining land around there so riding there is not a good idea. There also building windmills above centralia and which cut off anyway of getting there from the reading anthracite land.

  • eddwinn

Posted July 29, 2008 - 12:30 AM

#6

place sounds wonderful

  • 657pinkKTM

Posted July 29, 2008 - 06:35 AM

#7

i heard it was wayyyy too dangerous to even think about riding there.

i googled that place and read about it. ****ing creepy shit

  • eddwinn

Posted July 29, 2008 - 07:30 PM

#8

yea after we go riding here I know a nice place in Russia called chernobyl. Great riding no one there :0

  • kawinj

Posted July 30, 2008 - 03:38 AM

#9

I heard the carbon fumes give you superhuman powers.

  • Kitchener

Posted July 30, 2008 - 12:11 PM

#10

yea after we go riding here I know a nice place in Russia called chernobyl. Great riding no one there :0



Funny you should mention that. A few years back, someone emailed me a series of photos taken by a young Russian woman who biked through there on a Kawasaki Ninja. It's been a while so I can't remember the exact details, but she had some version of a Geiger counter. She found the buildings themselves trapped unsafe levels of radiation (so she couldn't just walk into the buildings but she could photograph their interiors from through the windows).

As I recall, she had to stay as close to the center of the roads as possible. But the pictures... were startling. Just what you'd expect -- everything left as though it was just left a moment ago. Laundry hanging from wash lines, elementary school classrooms with papers/whatnot on the desks.

Of course, like you, I was left wondering just "how safe" it was for her anywhere in the vicinity. But it was quite a series of photos, and I wouldn't be half surprised if you could find the photos if you tried a couple google searches.



EDIT: Well, that didn't take long. I googled it myself. Looks like I remembered it pretty well, mostly. Here's a couple links, and a couple of quotes of her descriptions riding through there. I'd forgotten it's essentially an abandoned city, not just town.

http://www.kiddofspe.../chapter24.html

http://www.kiddofspe.../chapter21.html

"Our journey from here is a gradually darkening picture of deserted towns, empty villages and dead farms."

"The roads are blocked for cars, but not for motorcycles. Good girls go to heaven. Bad ones go to hell. And girls on fast bikes go anywhere they want."

"Here, we entering the area of Chernobyl. I check the fuel reserve and tire repair kit. I don't want to be marooned in the middle of nuclear desert."

"Each time I pass into the zone, I feel that I have entered an unreal world. In the dead zone, the silence of the villages, roads, and woods seem to tell something at me....something that I strain to hear....something that attracts and repels me both at the same time. It is divinely eerie - like stepping into that Salvador Dali painting with the dripping clocks."

"The readings on the asphalt paving is 500 -3000 microroentgens, depending upon where you stand. That is 50 to 300 times the radiation of a normal environment. If I step 10 meters forward, geiger counter will run off the scale."

"At first glance, Ghost Town seems like a normal town. There is a taxi stop, a grocery store, someone's wash hangs from the balcony and the windows are open. But then I see a slogan on a building that says - "The Party of Lenin Will Lead Us To The Triumph Of Communism"......and I realize that those windows were opened to the sping air of April of 1986."

"It is safe to be in the open air in Ghost Town. It is inside the houses where the real danger lies. One must be especially careful in houses with open windows facing the Atomic Power Plant. Taking such a walk with no special radiation detecting device is like walking through a minefiled wearing snowshoes."

"This was the town in the early 1980's..... ...This is how it looks now. The park is the most radiaoactive section of town because it is directly in front of the reactor. On the day of the disaster, the North wind brought the first clouds here and it is said that people ran for their lives as they searched for their children in the atomic smoke...... "

"Standing on the roof of the highest building in this empty town brings a feeling of being completely alone in the world - like this whole town is."

I'm not sure I'd lay odds on this girl enjoying a long life. Curiosity can kill the cat.

  • eddwinn

Posted July 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM

#11

o man just looked at that..wat about these two quotes...

The park is the most radiaoactive section of town because it is directly in front of the reactor. On the day of the disaster, the North wind brought the first clouds here and it is said that people ran for their lives as they searched for their children in the atomic smoke......

This is the highest building in town. On the day of disaster, many people gathered on this roof to see the beautiful shining cloud above the Atomic Power Plant.

  • Kitchener

Posted July 30, 2008 - 03:15 PM

#12

The photo of the empty, still-open firetruck bays at the firehouse, and her comment about the firefighters, not knowing what they were headed into, probably all dying, was also pretty memorable.

"The fire engines never returned in their garages, and the firemen never returned to their homes.
The firemen were the first on the scene, and they thought it was an ordinary fire. No one told them, what they were really dealing with."

http://www.kiddofspe...d/chapter6.html

  • mihylo33

Posted July 31, 2008 - 01:44 AM

#13

yea after we go riding here I know a nice place in Russia called chernobyl. Great riding no one there :0


Chernobyl isn't in Russia, it's in Ukraine. Don't get the 2 mixed up in the wrong crowd, both parties find it extremely offensive.

  • Kitchener

Posted July 31, 2008 - 06:11 AM

#14

Chernobyl isn't in Russia, it's in Ukraine. Don't get the 2 mixed up in the wrong crowd, both parties find it extremely offensive.


Considering the history of their relationship, I'd say especially the Ukranians!

  • CRAZYWOLF

Posted July 31, 2008 - 11:09 AM

#15

lots and lots of trails .. all boot leg ..coal companys dont bother you unless your in an active area....but still illegal .locals everywhere jeeps 4 wheelers mt bikes etc....but be warned illegal.. oh yea 1 part time cop mostly asleep..and if u see smoke out off ground ride around it

  • eddwinn

Posted July 31, 2008 - 11:18 AM

#16

wow so people actually ride here

  • Wimpy525

Posted July 31, 2008 - 02:04 PM

#17

Just moved about 10 miles from there. Been temted to ride there but dont want to ride it alone.

  • yamazuki20

Posted July 31, 2008 - 06:10 PM

#18

I have ridin there for years but as of a month or two ago the police got permision to patrol most of the land around there.

  • Jeekinz

Posted August 01, 2008 - 08:08 AM

#19

I read that whole Chernobyl article a couple years ago. Some good reading there.

I would definately ride Centralia. Heck, you only live once. And I like all that abandoned town crap.

Check out Asbury Park I live about 20 minutes from there. The city is rebuilding the boardwalk to try to mimick it's former glory.

  • fixnfly

Posted August 01, 2008 - 01:00 PM

#20

Gotta love Pa:thumbsdn:
A few years back we were the number 1 importer of garbage in the country and now this. And don't anyone dare to ride your bike or atv here because you will be destroying the enviroment:cry: Everyone in my area has some type of water treatment system because the mining industry has ruined the underground water supply.





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