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Vintage Bike Meet and Ride

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.

This is the vintage Honda that traveled by trailer with our group from Warren.
One day I believe this young boy will ride this bike.

Checking out the vintage bikes on display

I like the paint job on that second bike!

Here is a closer view of the bike with the nice paint job.

 

 

A young boy accompanied us on our ride.

 

The newer bikes were parked out back.

 

 

At approximately 12:45 pm we left on a scenic 90-mile round trip ride of the area.

Our ride leader

 

You may view a detailed map of our ride at Google maps by clicking here.

 

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.

Turning right onto PA Route 948 South

Riding through the small community of Kersey, PA

 

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.

Passing by Rose’s Hilltop Diner

We are on Caledonia Road.
This picture shows some of the riders behind us.

Caledonia Road is a narrow, two-lane twisty road.

We followed Calendonia Road to the end, where it intersected with PA Route 555.

Caledonia Road and PA Route 555 intersection

We turned left onto PA Route 555 East and followed it for 23 miles to Driftwood, PA.

En route Driftwood, we passed through Medix Run, PA and Benezette, PA.

Medix Run

 

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.

Fuel Stop at Benezette Store

Leaving the Benezette Store, we turned right on PA Route 555 and continued our ride to Driftwood.

The scenery along PA Route 555 is beautiful.

Another scenic vista, while on PA Route 555.

the borough of Driftwood
Crossing over the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek
Picturesque view of creek, railroad bridge and hills beyond

the borough of Driftwood
nearing the end of PA Route 555

the borough of Driftwood
PA Route 555 ends here; PA Route 120 begins here.

We followed PA Route 120 East to the village of Sinnemahoning, PA.

This is the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge.
We crossed over the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge and
followed Wycoff Run Road (PA Route 2001) to the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.

Crossing the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge
I am happy that it was a sunny, dry day.
I do not like crossing this type of bridge on a rainy day!

PA Route 2001, from Sinnemahoning to the Quehanna Highway, is a nice road
with lots of sweepers and beautiful scenery.

 

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.

We made a rest stop at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.
We didn’t walk into the woods to look for any wildlife.

Some of our friends at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area

“The King” joined us on our ride. 🙂

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.

Riding Quehanna Highway

Quehanna Highway ends in Medix Run, PA.

We turned left onto PA Route 555 in Medix Run.

The approach to PA Route 555 was a bit challenging, due to the steep incline!

 

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.

We made a fuel stop at Sheetz in Ridgway, PA.

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.

Johnsonburg Paper Mill

Approaching PA Route 59 from Longhouse Drive

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 ….

 

 

 

 

This is not something one sees everyday at the Allegheny Reservoir!

We didn’t see only one C-130 airplane pass over either!

A second C-130 airplane!

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!

Tuesday Night Ice Cream Ride

We went on a motorcycle ride Tuesday evening (Aug. 18th) with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy group friends.

As usual, we met at the North Warren playground parking lot and departed from there at 6:00 pm.  Our group consisted of eight motorcycles and 15 riders.

 

 

 

Our first stop was at the Tom Erlandson Overview Park in Frewsburg, NY.

Erlandson Overview Park

From the Erlandson Overview Park we rode to the Busti Victorian Hall for ice cream.

 

As always, time spent with this group of friends is time well spent!

 

Ice Cream Ride to The Igloo

Yesterday evening Bob and I went for a ride with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy friends.

We gathered at the North Warren Playground parking lot, with an expected departure at 6:00 pm.

 

We rode into Russell and then took Fox Hill Road into Scandia.  We followed Warren-Onoville Road to Gurnsey Hollow Road to Oak Hill Road.

Uh-oh! Pavement ends!

Oops!  Before reaching Oak Hill Road, though, we took a wrong turn and encountered a Pavement Ends sign.  Last year we followed the leader down a road, with the same sign.  Paul, who was our leader on this ride as well as last year’s ride, didn’t lead us down this road!  We turned around!  Soon after we turned around, Paul relinquished his leader status to George 🙂

Conversation at Intersection
From this point on, George (on the right) led the group.

George led us up Oak Hill Road to the Tom Erlandson Overview Park.

We had a good turnout for our Tuesday night ride.

From the park we rode to The Igloo in Frewsburg, NY for ice cream.

It was a very good ride on a very nice evening.  I am looking forward to the next ride!

Here, to the best of my recollection, is a map of our ride from our starting point in North Warren to The Igloo in Frewsburg,

An Unexpected Photo Opportunity

Yesterday evening Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride with our 2 Scoop Cycletherapy friends. We met at the North Warren playground parking lot at 6:00 pm.

the staging area for Thursday night’s ride

It was a nice night for a ride, and we had a good turnout. There were eleven bikes and 18 riders. We rode to Mayville, NY (not a direct route) and stopped at the Lakeside Park. There was a Kiss tribute band performing at the park, which provided an unexpected photo opportunity.

Donna and Scott with “Gene Simmons” from the KISS Tribute Band, Mizzbehavin’

The KISS Tribute Band, Mizzbehavin’, was good.  We learned that there is music in the park during the Summer each Thursday night, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Oh, and I captured a group picture of all of us, too, at the Mayville Lakeside Park.

Group Picture

From Mayville we rode to Busti, where we stopped for ice cream at the Busti Victorian Hall. The Victorian Hall serves Perry’s Ice Cream. I tried a new-to-me ice cream flavor – Rocky Mountain Raspberry (white chocolate ice cream, almond raspberry fudge chunks, and raspberry swirls). It was very good; I will order that flavor again. We returned home at 9:30 pm.

Ice Cream Ride to Kane, PA

We went on a motorcycle ride with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy friends on Thursday, July 2.

North Warren Playground parking lot

We departed the North Warren Playground parking lot at 6:00 pm. Paul usually leads our ice cream rides; however, sometimes another member of the group volunteers to lead.  On this particular ride Steve, who is new to the group, led the ride. Our ice cream rides end before dark, with very few exceptions.  Thursday’s ride was longer than usual. This map is my best recollection of our route.

We rode almost to Chapman Dam State Park on back roads, on roads that Bob thought were gravel roads but had been paved. Before reaching Chapman Dam, we turned in the opposite direction.  We rode into Clarendon and followed U.S. Route 6 to Cherry Grove Road.  Before reaching Pennsylvania Route 666 we rode past the Minister Creek Recreation Area, where a 15-year-old girl was killed recently when she was struck by a falling tree during a thunderstorm.  Bob and I didn’t realize we were in that location until later.  At the time, we made the comment it looked like a tornado had come through the area.

We kept thinking we would head into Sheffield and get ice cream at the Frosty Chalet, which would be on our way back home. We rode all the way to Kane to Texas Hot Lunch! We pulled into the parking lot, but only to say bye. We bailed on the ride at this point. We weren’t the only ones who bailed on the ride. Another couple bailed on the ride before reaching Texas Hot Lunch.  We returned home at 8:45 pm. We wouldn’t have returned home until well after 9:00 pm, if we had not bailed on the ride.

The highlights of the ride included the gorgeous scenery on roads less traveled and when we saw two bears at Blue Jay Creek. I saw only one bear, standing on Blue Jay Creek Road. There was another bear in the woods that I didn’t see. Both bears had been in the creek. There were paw prints on the road. Someone else saw yet another bear earlier on the ride!

It is good that we bailed on the ride when we did. We wouldn’t have wanted to get home any later than we did. We had locked ourselves out of the house! We had to borrow our house key from our neighbor who watches Patches when we are away!

Day Old Soup

We met Paul and Debbie, Scott and Donna, and Bob and Barb at the North Warren playground parking lot at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 19th. The eight of us rode to Tidioute PA via Route 62. While in Tidioute, we ate dinner at the Hotel Tidioute and listened to the three-man band, Day Old Soup, at the Picture Park on Main Street.

Service at Hotel Tidioute was a bit slow, owing to the fact that the waitress and cook were overwhelmed by the number of people in town for the Day Old Soup concert, who came in for food / beverage to eat in or take out. We didn’t mind the slow service, though. The waitress was very personable, and we just spent the wait time socializing with each other. Our food, when it arrived, was hot and very good. Bob ordered the Shrimp Basket; I ordered the Haddock Fish Fry.

Our evening had more to it than just getting together and enjoying some music together. Sonny, who is Paul and Scott’s cousin, paid for the band to attract awareness to his new antique store. Boondocks Antiques & More is located across the street from the Picture Park and was open late. We attended the concert to show our support to Sonny.

Day Old Soup played mostly classic rock, and the music was good.

We departed Tidioute around 9:00 pm and rode Route 337 home. We knew we would see deer on our way home, and several deer did cross in front of us. We kept a diligent watch, and everyone returned home safely.

Sunday Dinner Ride

We spent the afternoon and part of the evening of Sunday, June 14, riding with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy friends. We met Paul, Debbie, John, Carol, Scott, Donna, Mark, Faye and Bill at the North Warren Playground parking lot at 12:30 pm.

We put on our rain gear, as it started to rain shortly before our 1:00 pm departure time.

Carol getting a little help from John in putting on rain gear.

Our final destination was Sprague’s Maple Farms, located in Portville NY.

We made one stop, in Eldred PA, on our way to Sprague’s. A few of the ladies used the stop as a potty break. It didn’t take long for us to reach Sprague’s from that stop.

Eldred PA stop

It was 3:30 pm, when we were seated and our dinner orders placed. Bob ordered a pork chop dinner. I ordered a breakfast entree: scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes. The pancakes were unlimited. I couldn’t even finish the three pancakes that came with my meal!

After dinner we started our ride back home.

Getting ready to leave Sprague’s Maple Farms

We stopped at Marilla Reservoir in Bradford PA, where I planned to take a group picture of the eleven of us at the covered bridge.  We got sidetracked, though, when we saw an eagle in a tree.

Eagle in Tree

We heard thunder, while at the reservoir, and changed our planned route home. We backtracked a short way and took Songbird Lane to Route 770 to Route 59. This was a faster way home than taking Route 346 to Route 321. It rained on our way home. I had taken off my rain gear when we arrived at Sprague’s.  I did not put the rain pants back on, when we left Sprague’s.  I got wet and cold.  As soon as we returned home, I took a long, hot shower and went to bed.  The next morning I awakened with a sore throat, runny nose, a cough and a hoarse voice.  It took the better part of the week to feel better!

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