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A 175-Mile Round Trip Drive for Lunch

Bob and I went for a drive today.  We drove to Meadville, PA by way of Erie.  Our initial plan was to go to Erie, perhaps to Presque Isle State Park.  We would get lunch in Erie and then come back home.  We decided to bypass Erie and take Rt. 79 to Volant, PA, with a stop at the Iron Bridge Inn for lunch.  We didn’t quite make it to the Iron Bridge Inn or Volant, though.  We saw a sign for Hoss’s, while on Rt. 79.  It was 12:30 pm, and we were hungry.  We swerved off Rt. 79 and ate lunch in Meadville at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant.  Our change in plans was probably good, as it would have cost more money to eat lunch at the Iron Bridge Inn.  Undoubtedly I would have found something to buy at the Volant Village Shops,  and Bob may have purchased  a bottle of wine at Volant Mill Winery.  After lunch at Hoss’s, we drove through Spartansburg and Corry on our way back home.  All total we drove 175 miles, round trip, for lunch.

Not really 🙂  We didn’t drive 175 miles just for lunch.  Bob and I will be traveling later this year.  The plan is for Bob to ride the motorcycle and for me to drive the car.  I wouldn’t do well riding the motorcycle on a trip that would cover more than 1,200 miles.  Bob has done most of the driving, when we travel, for the almost 15 years that we have been married.   Today’s drive was to build up my driving stamina.  I will continue to do the driving on other day trips, until we leave on vacation.

Besides stopping for lunch we made one other stop during today’s drive.  On our way home, we stopped at Clear Lake Park in Spartansburg.  Clear Lake Park is set back from Main Street. The park provides a picturesque view of Clear Lake, as well as that of Clear Lake Dam.

P7061788 4x6Clear Lake Park Sign

Q7260226I took this photograph in July 2009, during another visit to Spartansburg.  The flowers were so much prettier during that visit than they were today.  So, I decided to show you this picture of the bridge crossing over Clear Lake rather than one I could have taken today.

Q7260231There was not much water falling over Clear Lake Dam today so, again, here is a picture that I took from our July 2009 visit.

P7061777 4x6I got down on my knee to take this picture.
I like the view from that perspective.

P7061785 4x6Clear Lake

We made it home in perfect timing.  I do not care to drive in the rain.  We parked the car in the garage and walked into the house.  Within moments it began to rain.  The rain didn’t last long, but still I would not have enjoyed driving in it!

7 Responses to “A 175-Mile Round Trip Drive for Lunch”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Well, Congrats…. You will do great driving on your longer trip, I’m sure… I don’t do much of the driving these days either —but George enjoys it (except when I get to be on the computer and he doesn’t)… ha

    Looks like you had a nice day –and a good lunch… Loved that next to the last photo showing the yellow day lilies with the lake in the background…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Eileen

    I usually do all the driving on our vacations and daytrips. Where will you be going, sounds like a far trip? I enjoyed these photos, it is a pretty place!

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  3. Fishing Guy

    Linda: I loved fishing in the Iron Bridge area of the Neschannock River. Your photos remind me of the beauty of the PA woods.

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  4. Denise

    That’s a nice start to building up to your long drive. Beautiful scenery and great photos Linda!

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  5. Willard Hill

    Beautiful photos, Linda. Good luck on the driving, I do not like driving on long trips or in areas I am not familiar with.

    Reply
  6. seniorhiker

    It sounds as if you had a wonderful day trip. I’m glad you could get in some practice driving before your big trip.

    Reply

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