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An All-Day Motorcycle Ride

In the late afternoon on Friday, July 24th, a friend posted a status in the 2 Scoop CycleTherapy Facebook group, asking if anyone wanted to go to Springville, NY to the vintage motorcycle museum at Northeast Vintage Cycle. Bob and I said that we would go. We left home at 8:30 Saturday morning and departed from Herb’s house in Scandia at 9:00 am.

20150725_140129302_iOSWe rode to Springville, making one brief stop (a stretching break) along Route 219 in Ellicottville, NY.

 

135939541_140029266_140105519_portrait-advantage-06 8x10There was a pretty flower bed near where we stopped in Ellicottville.

We located Northeast Vintage Cycle without any difficulty. Unfortunately the store/museum was closed and will be closed for the next two Saturdays, while the owners attend vintage motorcycle shows in the area.

We turned around and rode back to Ellicottville. Prior to reaching Ellicottville, we stopped at Griffis Sculpture Park (Rohr Hill Road Site) in Ashford Hollow.

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We walked among the towering sculptures set in fields and woods just off the road.

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It was Herb’s first visit to Griffis Sculpture Park, and he enjoyed the visit. A question that kept coming to mind, while he walked in the park was “why?”.  This Wikipedia article provides the following explanation for “why”.

“The idea for an outdoor sculpture museum came to artist Larry Griffis while he was touring Italy with his family. While watching his children play on the ruins of Emperor Hadrian’s villa, Griffis realized the value of interactive art. As Simon Griffis recalls, his father said, “This is absolutely remarkable. Look at my kids. I’ve taken them to the finest museums and galleries but they’ve come alive in this environment where they can interact and they can smell the flowers and they can touch things.”

Upon returning to the United States, Larry Griffis looked at many possible sites for the park, but had a vision that included site-specific terrain. He required a combination of valleys, woods, lake and open space. Kissing Bridge Ski Resort and Lewiston’s Art Park were possible candidates for the vision, but were passed over by the artist.

In 1966, Griffis purchased 100 acres…of Ashford Hollow in the Southern Tier of Western New York and placed 15 of his own 25 feet…welded steel works on a hillside along a country road. The Ashford Hollow Foundation acquired another 325 acres…and drummed up commissions for additional sculptures.”

 

We made a fuel stop in Ellicottville, and then continued on Route 219 to Bradford, PA. In Bradford we turned onto Route 346 and headed toward the Allegheny Reservoir.

We stopped briefly at Marilla Reservoir.

20150725_165928514_iOSMarilla Bridges Trail

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It was Herb’s first visit to Marilla Reservoir.

 

From Marilla Reservoir we stopped for lunch at the Giordano’s Corydon Hotel. We planned to stop at The Willows, but the place was packed FULL of motorcycles and motorcyclists participating in the annual Kids & Cancer Benefit Run. Lunch at the Corydon Hotel was a good choice. Herb and I enjoyed our burgers. Bob enjoyed his Cajun Chicken Salad.

Our last stop before parting ways was at Kinzua Dam.

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Kinzua Dam

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Herb headed home via Dorcan Road. Bob and I decided to take a ride to the other side of Kinzua Dam.

_LG17001 4x6We got up close and personal to the dam, the closest I have ever been!

We returned home at 4:00 pm. We rode 196 miles. It was a beautiful day for a ride. The ride was most enjoyable, even though its original purpose was not realized.

Mother’s Day Ride

Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride on Sunday. This was my second motorcycle ride of the season. On my first ride, we rode 65 miles. We rode 135 miles on Sunday. I’m working my way up to a longer ride in July.

We rode to Ellicottville, NY, where we ate lunch at The Gin Mill. We’ve enjoyed a lunch of burgers (and the service) at The Gin Mill in past rides. Yesterday was no different. The burgers and service was great!

From Ellicottville we drove through Allegany State Park and along the Allegheny Reservoir, a ride that we have made numerous times. We made a few photo stops in the park and at Kinzua Dam.

Allegany State Park
Fisherman at Red House Lake
Red House Administration Building in background

Allegany State Park – Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge

Do you see Bob and the motorcycle at end of bridge? The visor on my helmet came undone. Bob was fixing my visor, while I was taking photographs.

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Here’s a picture of the creek that flows under the covered bridge.

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Here’s a daisy that was growing near the covered bridge.

Our last stop before returning home was at Kinzua Dam.

My Mother’s Day was an enjoyable one. I hope that each of you had an enjoyable Mother’s Day as well!

Taste of Ellicottville … By Chance

Bob and I decided this afternoon to ride to Ellicottville, NY. We didn’t have any reason to go to Ellicottville. We just wanted to go for a ride. When we arrived in Ellicottville, we found ourselves in the midst of “Taste of Ellicottville”. More than 20 Ellicottville restaurants were set up on the streets, offering samples of their food.

Admission was free, but you had to pay for food and drinks. Purchases were made by ticket only. Tickets cost $1.00 each. Generally 3-4 tickets would purchase large items. You could purchase side portions for 2-3 tickets. Soft drinks could be purchased with 1 ticket. We bought ten tickets and sampled Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, Cookies and Pop.

It is a good thing that we carry our rain gear with us. We got rained on while returning home.

We rode approximately 115 miles today. Click here for a map of our route.

Griffis Sculpture Park and Lunch in Ellicottville

We spent the morning and part of the afternoon of April 26, 2009 on a Sunday drive. Even though it was a beautiful summer-like day, I didn’t feel like riding the motorcycle. I know that Bob would have rather ridden the motorcycle; however, he agreed to take the Nissan.

Our destination was Griffis Sculpture Park, which is the largest outdoor sculpture park in the United States. For over 42 years, the steel sculptures of Larry Griffis, Jr. and other international artists have been residing in the woods, fields, and even ponds of Griffis Sculpture Park. The 400 acre park is located eight miles outside of Ellicottville near Ashford Hollow, NY (Cattaraugus County). Griffis Sculpture Park is split into two sections, the Rohr Hill Road Site and the Mill Valley Road Site. We had hoped to visit both sections of Griffis Sculpture Park; however, the Mill Valley Road Site was not yet open. That section of the park opens on May 1st. The Rohr Hill Road Site, where a majority of the sculptures are visible from the road, is open year round. We wandered about the meadow and the woods of the Rohr Hill section of the park, while I snapped pictures of many of the sculptures. Who would have thought that you could find something so beautiful in a meadow in the middle of nowhere!

We stopped in Ellicottville, for lunch, on our drive back home.

Ellicottville is home to two ski resorts, Holiday Valley and Holimont. I was surprised to see that there was still snow on the ski slopes.

We ate lunch at The Gin Mill, a full service bar and restaurant. We both ordered one of the day’s luncheon specials — bourbon burgers and french fries. We ended our delicious lunch with dessert — apple pie for Bob and chocolate peanut butter pie for me. Here’s a couple photographs of The Gin Mill. The first photograph shows the bar; the second photograph shows Bob surfing the Internet on his iPOD.

After lunch, I took a few more pictures of Ellicottville before continuing our ride home.

Ellicottville Town Hall and Park

Daffodil in Town Hall park

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The Gin Mill, where we ate lunch, is located behind the last two motorcycles on the right.

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