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Pennsylvania 2019 River of the Year

I read today that the Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania was voted the state’s 2019 River of the Year.

Here are a few photographs that I have taken over the past few years of the Clarion River.

Clarion River, August 2013

Clarion River, March 2014

Clarion River, April 2016

Clarion River, April 2016 on the First Day of Trout Season

Clarion River, April 2016. We enjoy riding the motorcycle on River Road.

Clarion River, May 2017 in Hallton, PA.

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.

Sunday Drive: Warren to Benezette

Bob and I went for a drive yesterday.  We were gone all day and covered a little more than 200 miles.  We drove along the Clarion River; through Brookville, DuBois and Reynoldsville; saw elk in Benezette and ate an early dinner in St. Marys before heading back home.

This blog post shares photographs taken during our drive from our hometown (Warren, PA) to Benezette, PA.  This portion of our drive is highlighted in the following map.

According to a Wikipedia article, the Clarion River is formed at Johnsonburg at the confluence of the East Branch and West Branch Clarion rivers. It flows generally southwest for about 110 miles, past the towns of Ridgway and Clarion, to join the Allegheny River. The name Clarion was given by surveyor Daniel Stanard in 1817 who thought the water sounded like a distant bird of the same name.

Clarion River, as seen from Rt. 899 bridge
in Clarington, PA

Clarion River
en route Cooksburg, via River Road (Rt. 2002)

Rt. 36 bridge over Clarion River
Cooksburg, PA

Clarion River
Cooksburg, PA
(looking away from the Rt. 36 bridge)

From River Road we drove over the Clarion River and continued following Rt. 36 to Brookville, PA.

I took this photograph of the Jefferson County Courthouse, as we were driving through Brookville.

 

From Brookville we followed Routes 322, 950, 219, 255 and 555 through Reynoldsville, DuBois, and Penfield to Benezette.  The only stop we made, before reaching Benezette, was in Reynoldsville.

Abandoned ARCO fuel station
Reynoldsville, PA

I was able to remove the utility lines in this photograph.  Also, I made an attempt to give the photograph an authentic “feel”.

 

Close-up photograph of one of the fuel pumps

My next blog post will highlight the final leg of our day trip, Benezette to Warren.

A Drive Along the Clarion River

Bob and I went for a drive, yesterday, alongside the Clarion River. It was nice to be out of the house for a few hours, see nice scenery, and get some fresh air.

Helen Iron Furnace

Our first stop, en route Clarion River, was at the Helen Iron Furnace. Helen’s Furnace is located about 8 miles north of Clarion.  According to a sign at this site, this cold blast furnace was built in 1845. It was operational until 1857. In 1856, within a 26 week period of operation, the furnace generated 1,000 tons of iron. The furnace is 32′ high, 12′ across at the top, 30′ across at the bottom, and had an 8′ bosh.

About 10 minutes after leaving the Helen Iron Furnace, we passed by an interesting sight. Bob kept driving, although I remarked “hey look at that!”. A few seconds later Bob asked if I wanted him to turn around. I said “yes, please”. Bob turned around and found a place to pull off the road across from what appeared to be a collection of junk, or perhaps an antique shop. The area was roped off and several no trespassing signs dotted the landscape.

An antique shop (?) along Route 36 near Leeper, PA.

The remaining photographs were taken during our drive alongside the green (yes green!) Clarion River. The river and the roadway are extremely busy in the summer months. On this early Spring day we enjoyed a peaceful drive along River Road.

We lucked out, arriving at River Road after 1:00 PM. The road had been closed until noon as runners participated in the Cook Forest Half Marathon.

River Ride

This past Friday afternoon (July 10th) we went for a motorcycle ride along two rivers — the Allegheny River and the Clarion River.

Allegheny River
View from West Hickory Bridge (Rt. 127 off of Rt. 62)
Looking up river

Bob on River Road; Clarion River in background

While riding alongside the Clarion River we enjoyed watching people wading and swimming in the water, sunning themselves on large flat boulders, and rowing canoes or floating lazily in inner tubes on the river.

Before returning home we ate dinner at The Farmers Inn in Sigel.

The Farmers Inn

It was a beautiful day for a ride, sunny and warm. Our round trip river ride added about 123 miles onto the odometer. Click here for the route that we traveled.

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