Mother-Daughter Bike Adventure: Exploring Wilderness Lands of Pennsylvania

‘We’ve got gravel!’ This film highlights all the joys of route planning, exploring, and bikepacking in a new place — all through the lens of a mother-daughter team.

Directed and edited by mother-daughter duo Emily and Willow Zebel, “The Mysteries of St. Anthony’s” takes place in Stony Valley, just north of Harrisburg, Pa.

Originally called Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, Stony Valley is part of the second-largest roadless wilderness tract of land in Pennsylvania.

“After recently moving to the area, Emily and her daughter, Willow, venture out to explore their new backyard, and uncover some of the valley’s hidden gems along the way,” teased Kitsbow. (“The Mysteries of St. Anthony’s” won one of Kitsbow’s 36 Hours grants this year.)

The duo’s 33-mile route follows and intersects old railroad tracks, historic sites, Stony Creek crossings, and even the Appalachian Trail. There’s bikepacking, yes, but also singing, fishing, and child’s play too.

Runtime: 8 minutes

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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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