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A Drive Along the Longhouse National Scenic Byway

Bob and I went for a drive on Saturday afternoon. It was warm enough to ride the motorcycle that day; however, we opted to travel by car. We don’t want anything to happen to the Nomad prior to April 25, when we plan to trade it in for the new motorcycle. We wouldn’t want our new motorcycle to be ridden after putting down a deposit on it, and I would think the dealership would rather we did not ride the Nomad needlessly.

Saturday’s travel destination was Forest Service Road (FSR) 262, which is part of the Longhouse National Scenic Byway.   Before reaching FSR 262, we stopped at Big Bend Recreation Area.

P4124244 4x6Saturday was the first day of trout fishing.  This man was fishing in the Allegheny River.  The release of Allegheny Reservoir water by the opening of Kinzua Dam gates the past week raised the level of the river significantly.

Our next stop was at Jakes Rocks.  The access road for Jakes Rocks is about a mile up FSR 262.  After parking at Jakes Rocks, we walked a paved pathway to an overlook of the Allegheny Reservoir.

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Returning to FSR 262 we made one more stop before leaving the Jakes Rocks area.

P4124256 4x6We stopped at an overlook of the Casey Bridge (Rt. 59) and the Allegheny Reservoir.

The next major stop along FSR 262 was at the Elijah Run Boat Launch.

P4124262 4x6View from Elijah Run Boat Launch

On our way back to the car from the boat launch we noticed a trail across the parking lot.

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This trail led to a fishing pier that I had seen from the boat launch, off to the left.

P4124265 4x6a fishing pier
Bob, making his way down to the shoreline

P4124267 4x6On the fishing pier,
looking back toward the boat launch area

 

From Elijah Run Boat Launch, we continued our drive along FSR 262.  At the end of that road, we turned right onto Route 321 and stopped at Bob’s Trading Post.

E4301179I took this photograph in April 2011.  I will take an updated picture of Bob’s Trading Post in a few weeks, with a photograph of our new motorcycle in front of it!

When we find ourselves at Bob’s Trading Post we usually stop in for some ice cream.  Both Bob and I watch our carbohydrate intake and were happy to find the availability of no sugar added butter pecan ice cream, which we asked for in a bowl.

After eating our ice cream, we went home by way of Gibbs Hill, Sheffield, and Clarendon.  All in all, it was a very nice Spring day for a drive!

2 Responses to “A Drive Along the Longhouse National Scenic Byway”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    What a neat place to visit. I especially like that overlook… NEAT….

    I’ll bet you just can’t wait to get your new motorcycle…. BUT–you are smart not to take the one you are going to trade…. Best to be careful… BUT–April 25 will be here soon….

    Our weather is turning COLD tomorrow/Wed…. GADS—hope we don’t lose any of our flowers…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  2. DeniseinVA

    A great series of photos Linda, looks like a wonderful trip out. The scenery was lovely and I enjoyed seeing photos of you and Bob. Have a great week!

    Reply

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