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Labor Day Motorcycle Ride

We enjoyed an all-day motorcycle ride with friends on Labor Day (September 4th).

We met our friends at 7:30 am at the Hog Wild BBQ just outside of Warren.

20170904_112444983_iOSOur ride began at the Hog Wild BBQ Co.

It was a chilly (and sometimes foggy) ride through lunch time. To prepare for the cold ride I wore the liner in my leather coat and leggings underneath my jeans.  I wore a long sleeved shirt underneath my leather jacket. A pair of gloves completed my cold weather wear.  Everyone else dressed warmly as well.  We removed layers, as it warmed up.  It was very freeing, when the last of the warm weather clothing was removed.  Donna and I were in agreement that doing so was freeing.  We could move freely once again!

We followed Pennsylvania Route 59 and U.S. Route 6 to Wellsboro, making one stop in Port Allegheny.

20170904_124800914_iOSWe stopped briefly at Sheetz in Port Allegheny, PA.

Debbie was inside Sheetz at the time I took the picture displayed above.  I wasn’t in that picture, because I took the picture.  Scott said I am never in any of our group pictures.  I handed Scott my iPhone, when Debbie came out of Sheetz.

20170904_124846909_iOSDebbie and I at Sheetz
(photo by Scott)

The purpose of our ride to Wellsboro was to see Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. It was the first time three of our friends had ever been there.  We enjoyed the view from both Colton Point State Park and Leonard Harrison State Park.

_LG24568Donna and Scott at Colton Point State Park

_LG24569Bob and our friends at Colton Point State Park

We even enjoyed (after the fact) an off-road ride on a slick, muddy trail at Colton Point State Park. The muddy trail was a bit treacherous riding on heavy street motorcycles!   Thankfully, there was no mishaps.  That is why I wrote that we enjoyed the off-road rode AFTER we successfully made it to pavement once again.

From Colton Point State Park we rode to Leonard Harrison State Park.

_LG24582A very nice young couple took a picture of all of us at Leonard Harrison State Park.

I reciprocated the favor by taking a picture of the two of them at this overlook.

We ate lunch at the Wellsboro Diner.  The diner was crowded, when we arrived.  It stayed busy for our entire stay.  We had hoped to get the big table in back, but we settled for two booths, one in front of the other.  I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch of an omelet, toast and home fries.  Bob said his roast beef club sandwich was good.  I heard nothing but praise for each lunch selection.

We made three stops on the way back home.  Our first stop was for fuel in Wellsboro.  Our second stop was at Sheetz, once again in Port Allegheny.  It seemed like it took longer to get here on the way home than it did on the way to Wellsboro!  The motorcycle riders sure needed a break to stretch.  A few of us needed caffeine and carbs to alleviate sleepiness!

20170904_190855783_iOS

Paul cheated at the Port Allegheny stop.
He put up the soft top on the jeep.
The jeep was pretending to be a motorcycle.

The wind was bothering Paul’s ears.  I suggested ear muffs next time.  Someone else suggested that Paul wear a helmet.

Our third stop was for ice cream at the Mt. Jewett Family Tastee Freeze.  We call our group “2 Scoop Cycletherapy”, and we always include an ice cream stop on our rides.

We rode about 260 miles, returning home around 6:00 pm. We had a fun day with our friends sharing beautiful vistas, laughs, conversation and food.  The ride was a great way to conclude the unofficial end of summer. I hope, though, that we get in a few more rides before the riding season ends!

 

9 Responses to “Labor Day Motorcycle Ride”

  1. Les

    I’m sure that you had a great ride. There have been many times in the past, that I wish we had my Goldwing again. A nice Fall ride was always a pleasure. Ride safe, Linda.

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  2. Betsy

    Looks like a great place to visit. It is my type of place. Great time with great friends.

    Hugs
    Betsy

    Reply
  3. Lorraina

    Looks like you had a great time and saw some beautiful scenic places. I am surprised if I understand it right that there’s no crash helmet law there! Or maybe some states do have it and some don’t? I’m sure every motorcyclist is aware of the stats on head injuries and how a helmet can save a life. I hope you and Bob both wear a helmet when riding.

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    • Linda G.

      We both wear a helmet, when riding. I haven’t noticed any of our group friends not wearing a helmet, when riding.

      Reply
  4. DeniseinVA

    I enjoyed the good natured teasing of Paul. Great photos Linda. Nice group shots especially the ones of you in them. Fantastic background, it sure is gorgeous scenery. We were there a few years ago. I remember the Wellsboro Diner, such a neat place and remember our food being excellent, though I can’t remember what we ate. Going to have to go back to check it out 🙂

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