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Motorcycle Ride to Barcelona

This past weekend was gorgeous! It was sunny and warm. Not a single drop of rain fell upon us the entire weekend! On Saturday Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride to Barcelona, New York. I think we make this ride at least one time each year.

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Our first stop was alongside marsh land in Jamestown, NY. These two pictures are for you, Harry H. Thank you for telling me about the goose on her nest!

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Our next stop was in Dunkirk, NY.

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This wooden sculpture of “ONG-GWE-OHN-WEH The Indian” is the work of Peter Toth. It was carved from the lower trunk of a dead elm tree.
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Our last stop, before heading home, was in Barcelona, NY. There are two main attractions at Barcelona Harbor — the Sea Lion and the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Sea Lion is a reproduction of a late 16th century British three-mast, square-rigged sailing vessel, faithfully built in the same manner as actual ships of the time. It was a multi-year, multi-person effort that culminated in its official commissioning on Chautauqua Lake in 1985. The ship was sold in 1992 to the Buffalo Maritime Society, where it was operated until it sank at its moorings in 1999. Local divers and other concerned citizens raised the ship in 2000, towing her back to Barcelona. The ship is dry docked while being restored. It is hoped that the Sea Lion will sail again. Barcelona Harbor’s second main attraction is the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Barcelona Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the world to be lit by natural gas.

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Barcelona Lighthouse
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the Sea Lion
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We rode a little more than 120 miles on Saturday. It was a good ride.

9 Responses to “Motorcycle Ride to Barcelona”

  1. Lisa RedWillow

    Oh Linda I love the Goose. So very beautiful. I saw one too but didnt capture it like this.What a wonderful day and ride you had.Loved your photos.

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  2. Betsy from Tennessee

    Looks like a fabulous ride, Linda… I especially love the lighthouse AND that Indian sculpture. Thought of you all today.. We went to the Smokies and came home over the Tail of the Dragon. Lots of cyclists out today.Hugs,Betsy

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  3. Denise

    Wonderful photographs Linda, I loved every one of them. The goose on the nest was beautiful in so many ways, just those those birds. Glad you had such a great ride and thanks for sharing it with us.

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  4. Corker2

    It's always great when you have nice weather for a ride. The Image of Mother Goose tells me that she's watching everything that's around her. That old ship is very colorful. Wonder if they will leave it the same color or change it.Ride safe, LindaLes

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  5. Anonymous

    Hello Corker2. As one of the crew that restored the Sea Lion Ship I guess at this time We arn't sure if She will stay the same color. I was told it had been repainted 7 times over it's short life. sealionprojectltd.com website will show some of it's history and photos of before and after She sank in Buffalo and the restoration. There is hope in the near future but just waitting on a Group that might totaly restore the ship. There is a chance it will be moving from Barcelona on a long journey. Our Group is hopeing this will happen to save the ship.

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  6. Rose

    I don't know where to begin…I like The Indian, and I like the light house and the ship. I wonder do you know just why the Sea Lion sunk? I wondered about that…I can't imagine taking off in one of them for a long trip, can you?

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  7. eileeninmd

    Hi Linda, looks like a great place to visit. I love that carved statue. And I just love seeing lighthouses. Wonderful photos from your ride.

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