Our First Motorcycle Ride this Year
Yesterday Bob and I went on a motorcycle ride, our first 2 up ride this year. We rode to Sigel, PA to have lunch at Farmer’s Inn. About an hour before we departed home, I posted on Facebook that we would be riding. I received several comments about riding safe and to have a good day. One particular comment came to mind several times during the day. Tim, one of our Vulcan Rider & Owner’s Club friends, wrote that he and Dee would be “riding to Danville, In. to have lunch at the ‘Mayberry Cafe’. Will be riding with you in spirit.” I thought of Tim’s comment throughout the day.
Tim’s comment brought to mind that our VROC friends, though we see them infrequently, are our friends for life.
We didn’t ride straightaway to Farmer’s Inn. We rode through Cook Forest State Park, alongside the Clarion River (River Road) to Route 36.
We turned right onto Route 36 and rode the short distance to Fire Tower Road. We followed the dirt/gravel road to the parking lot for Seneca Point. We hiked up to the Seneca Point Overlook, from which there is a breathtaking view from more than 850 feet above the Clarion River Valley.
Seneca Point Overlook
view of Clarion River from Seneca Point Overlook
As we were leaving Seneca Point Overlook, exposed tree root(s) caught my eye.
Isn’t it amazing how little dirt is needed for a tree to grow?
Before leaving Seneca Point, we walked over to the fire tower.
Bob climbed up the fire tower.
The enclosed structure at the top of the fire tower was locked.
Bob saw only the top of trees from the fire tower. The view would be spectacular in the autumn. From Seneca Point we returned to Route 36, turning right, and followed it to Route 949. We turned left onto Route 949 and rode the short distance to The Farmer’s Inn.
Goats at The Farmer’s Inn
Llama at The Farmer’s Inn
Goats at The Farmer’s Inn
What? You don’t have any food for me?
After watching the llama and goats for a short time, we went inside The Farmer’s Inn to eat lunch. The Farmer’s Inn opened up for the season on Friday. The restaurant will be open weekends only, until Mother’s Day. We both ordered burgers and onion rings. For dessert we split an apple dumpling, with soft serve vanilla ice cream. It was 1:30 pm, when we departed Farmer’s Inn en route home. We had the choice of two routes to ride home: PA Route 949 through Ridgway or PA Route 949 back to PA Route 36 through Marienville. We chose the shorter of the two routes, the route that took us through Marienville.
In Marienville we made a bathroom stop at Kwik Fill. Who do I see, when I walk out of the bathroom? We are 30 miles from home and find a neighbor who lives two blocks away!
Bill and Bob
Bill was returning home from a motorcycle ride. He rode with us back to Warren.
When we were a few miles from home, we passed by Dairy Delite. I spotted our friends Jesse and Karen in the parking lot. I waved at them, just before we almost got creamed by a van pulling out of Dairy Delite. I am thankful that the van stopped and that Bob hit his brakes. Bob said it happened so fast that he had no time to blow his horn. In the past week I have read of multiple motorcycle accidents. I am thankful that we were not a statistic!