We spent all day Sunday (8/23/2015) with some of our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy group motorcycle riding friends. 2 Scoop CycleTherapy is a group of friends who meet at 6:00 pm Tuesday evenings and choose a motorcycle ride destination for an ice cream cone and return back before dark when possible. We look for scenic paved back roads, ride as a group and rarely ride faster than 50MPH. The group goes on longer rides, occasionally, as well.
For Sunday’s ride we gathered at Slagle’s Speed and Sport bike shop on State Street in North Warren, PA for a ride to Jim Challingsworth’s vintage bike meet and ride. The bike meet and ride is an annual event. This was the 13th annual meet and ride. It was the first year that Bob and I attended this event. We left Slagle’s Speed and Sport at 10:30 am and rode about 50 miles to Ridgway, PA. I counted 12 motorcycles in our group, some vintage bikes and some newer bikes, and one car. The car pulled a trailer, which held a vintage bike.
We arrived at the meet location (13374 Boot Jack Rd in Ridgway, PA) around 11:30 am. We walked around the property looking at the vintage bikes on display, chatting with our friends and other attendees who had arrived from other locations and enjoying the coffee and donuts provided by the Challingworth’s. The dozen photographs that follow were taken while walking around the property.
At approximately 12:45 pm we left on a scenic 90-mile round trip ride of the area.
Here is a map of our route.
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We followed U.S. Route 219 North for a short distance and turned right onto PA Route 948, which we followed through Kersey, PA to PA Route 255.
Leaving Kersey, we turned right onto PA Route 255 East, which we followed past Rose’s Hilltop Diner on the left (great place to eat!), to Caledonia Road.
We followed Calendonia Road to the end, where it intersected with PA Route 555.
En route Driftwood, we passed through Medix Run, PA and Benezette, PA.
We made a fuel stop at the Benezette Store. Bob and I have visited Benezette many times. Benezette is known for being the best location to catch a glimpse of Pennsylvania’s elk herd, the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. We have seen elk during past visits. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any elk during this trip.
We followed PA Route 120 East to the village of Sinnemahoning, PA.
After an approximate 10-mile ride on PA Route 2001 we reached Quehanna Highway (PA Route 2004), which we crossed over to enter the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.
I noticed this gentleman, while at the bike show before leaving on our ride. I did a double take then, amazed by his resemblance to Elvis Presley. I saw him again during our fuel stop in Benezette. I even pointed him out to friends and asked if they thought he resembled Elvis Presley (they thought so too). Well, during our stop at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area, I could no longer contain my curiosity. I walked up to this man and said: “I have to ask you a question. Has anyone ever told you that you look like Elvis Presley?” He chuckled, pulled out his wallet and handed me a business card.
Leaving Hoover Farm we turned left onto Quehanna Highway (PA Route 2004). Several miles later we, once again, crossed over the Sinnemahoning Creek at Medix Run and turned left onto PA Route 555.
We returned from the approximate 90-mile ride around 4:00 pm and enjoyed a meal of hot dogs, baked beans and pasta salad provided by the Challingsworth’s.
We left for our ride back home about an hour later.
Leaving Sheetz, we picked up U.S. Route 219, which we followed through Johnsonburg, PA. In Wilcox, PA we picked up PA Route 321, which we followed to Longhouse Drive. We followed Longhouse National Scenic Drive to Pennsylvania Route 59. We turned left onto Route 59 and made a rest stop at Kinzua Point.
We made a rest stop at Kinzua Point.
Are you wondering what Paul (on the left) is pointing to?
Notice, too, that Scott and Donna are looking in the direction to which Paul points.
Wait until you see what we saw VERY SOON after our stop ….
We didn’t see only one C-130 airplane pass over either!
We returned home around 7:00 pm. We had a very good time. I am happy that Bob and I decided to attend Jim Challingworth’s vintage bike meet and ride. We enjoyed the round-trip ride from Warren, PA to Ridgway, PA with our friends. The bike meet was well attended, with lots of very nice and well cared for vintage bikes on display. I especially enjoyed the 90-mile scenic ride. Many of the places we passed through on the ride were places I had heard of only from wildlife and nature photographer friends. I am already planning a return trip to explore the area in a more leisurely fashion, which means lots more stops to enjoy the wildlife and beauty of the area!