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Memorial Day 2017 Ride

This past Tuesday an announcement about a Memorial Day ride was posted on the 2 Scoop Cycletherapy Facebook group page. The announcement read that we would meet at the Tractor Supply parking lot at about 11:00 am and ride to The Farmers Inn in Sigel for chicken BBQ. Our return route would include an ice cream stop.

As planned, we met at Tractor Supply in North Warren at 11:00 am yesterday morning.

_XZ91099Tractor Supply Parking Lot

We left en route Farmers Inn at 11:30 am. Our riding group was made up of five motorcycles, nine riders and Bob and I riding shotgun in our car.

_XZ91104En Route Farmers Inn

We arrived at The Farmers Inn at 12:30 pm.

_XZ91109Arrival at Farmers Inn

I think everyone, except for Bob and me, ordered BBQ chicken. Bob and I ordered burgers and onion rings. We ate outside the ice cream parlor, the building in which we ordered our lunches.

_XZ91111Eating Lunch at Farmers Inn

We spent about two hours at The Farmers Inn…eating, shopping, chatting and watching the goats.

_XZ91113This is Mark; he planned our Memorial Day ride.
I caught him shopping at the Bulk Foods and Candy Store.

_XZ91114This is Debbie.
It looks like she had a successful shopping experience at the Bulk Foods and Candy Store.

_XZ91116I found Scott checking out the melons at the Bulk Foods and Candy Store.

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The melons were a handful.

There are lots of goats at Farmers Inn, and they were fun to watch.

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We left The Farmers Inn around 2:50 pm.

_XZ91131Leaving Farmers Inn

Our next stop, after The Farmers Inn, was at nearby Beartown Rocks. Beartown Rocks is located in Clear Creek State Park.  I think Paul and Debbie and Bob and I were the only ones who had previously visited Beartown Rocks. I should have taken a walking stick with me. I was unsteady making my way on the trail over the rocks. I made it safely to the overlook and back to the car, without incident. I am thankful there were plenty of hands and shoulders available to provide assistance, when needed.

_LG21926Rod and Beverly at Beartown Rocks Overlook

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Bob at Beartown Rocks

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Scott and Donna at Beartown Rocks

_LG21933All of us at Beartown Rocks

We departed Beartown Rocks around 3:40 pm. Our next stop was in Hallton. I am not certain of our route. I do know that we had the Clarion River alongside us for most of the way.

_LG21935I think where we parked used to be the grounds of the Hallton Sawmill.

_LG21938Kevin’s family hailed from Hallton.  He discussed the history of Hallton with us.

_LG21939Hallton History Sign

Looking away from the signage, there was a picturesque view of the Clarion River.

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Clarion River

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Too bad I didn’t have the long lens on my camera.  I might have captured a photograph of an eagle, as it flew along the river!

We departed Hallton at 4:22 pm. We passed through Lolita and turned left onto Route 66 in Mariensville. In Leeper we turned right on Route 36 and followed it to Tionesta, where we hopped on to Route 62. We followed Route 62 to Tidioute, where we stopped for ice cream.

_XZ91132Tidioute, PA
Ice Cream Stop

Everyone wondered why Mark hadn’t made an ice cream stop sooner. We passed by a couple ice cream stands before arriving in Tidioute. We jokingly said that Mark’s backside must be made of iron.

_XZ91133Standing in line at the ice cream stand

Leaving the ice cream stand, we took Route 337 home.

_XZ91136Leaving Tidioute

It started to rain on our way home, but not hard and not for very long. We arrived home around 7:10 pm. Faye posted on Facebook that we rode 170 miles.

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Shortly before 7:00 this morning I saw a post shared on a friend’s Facebook page “Friend just texted me about a fire at FI. What is going on and how bad. She didn’t know which building.” A quick search uncovered the fact that there had been a fire at The Farmers Inn early this morning. The restaurant and gift shop, as well as the ice cream shop, are gone. Thankfully, no animals or people were harmed. This loss saddens me greatly.  Bob and I go to The Farmers Inn at least once a year, most years more than once.  We took our granddaughters there last year and planned to take them again this year.  I hope that the owners are able to rebuild.

5 Responses to “Memorial Day 2017 Ride”

  1. DeniseinVA

    That is so sad about the fire, but I am glad no one was hurt, and the goats were okay too. Dreadful thing to lose their livelihood. Sad for everyone involved. Your photos on a lighter note are wonderful! Did I miss something? I noticed you and Bob weren’t riding and that you mentioned you had a stick? Hope all is well with you.

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    • Linda G.

      All is well with me. Thanks for asking. The walking stick is a hiking pole. I find myself getting unsteady on uneven walkways, as I get older. We didn’t ride, as My arthritis has been acting up.

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  2. seniorhiker

    It sounds as if you had a wonderful Memorial Day ride, but it’s a shame about the Farmers Inn. I hope they can soon rebuild.

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  3. Lorraina

    Aww such a shame to hear about the fire. When you have a history with a place it always hurts more to hear of it’s demise. Just glad that nobody was killed or injured. Take care of that old bugger Arther Ritus Linda; I am visited by him quite often too, every morning in fact he wakes me with my leg frozen in the straight position. It takes a while to painfully thaw it out and be able to bend it. It’s the result of a bout with gout a couple years ago that wasn’t treated early enough and now nothing can be done for it. Gout is a form of arthritis.

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  4. Donna Anderson

    It was a very nice day for a ride. Good food with some awesome people. We had a great day! Sad to wake up this morning to see that Farmers Inn had burned. 😦

    Reply

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