We went to Erie, PA yesterday afternoon. I had thought myself in the mood to do some shopping. I was mistaken. After eating a late lunch at Old Country Buffet, we turned around and headed back home. On our way back home we stopped briefly in Findley Lake, NY. As we approached the lake, I noticed the launching of long rowing boats. If we had arrived a few minutes sooner, I would have been able to capture wonderful close-up pictures of the rowing boats.
We attended Erie’s third annual “Roar on the Shore” motorcycle rally. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. In August 2007 more than 10,000 people attended “Roar on the Shore”. Proceeds benefited the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund. In July 2008 more than 25,000 people attended “Roar on the Shore”. Proceeds benefited the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, PA. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit returning Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families. Not only the local charity benefits from “Roar on the Shore”. An estimated 30,000 people turned out for this year’s “Roar on the Shore”, infusing an estimated $18 million to $25 million into local businesses, according to the YourErie.com article entitled “Roar on the Shore an Economic Boom”. “Roar on the Shore” is a 3-day event (Thursday-Saturday) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.
We left home around 10:30AM, en route Erie. We rode to Erie via Waterford, PA. It was slow going getting through Waterford. This weekend is Waterford’s annual Heritage Festival. Traffic was backed up getting through town.
We made two stops before arriving at Perry Square in Erie. Our first stop was within 10 minutes of our departure. We stopped in Youngsville to fill the fuel tank. Our second stop was in Erie at Wegmans on Peach Street for a bathroom break. We arrived at Perry Square around 12:30PM.
The first thing that we did when we arrived at “Roar on the Shore” was get something to eat. There were several food vendors from which to choose. Bob ordered an Italian sausage sandwich. I ordered chicken tenders with french fries. We shared the french fries, as well as a lemonade. While eating lunch, we shared a picnic table with a young man and an adolescent girl. I do not know the girl’s relationship to the man. She could have been the young man’s younger sister, his daughter or another relative. The girl was very polite. I told the girl that her hair, which was beaded, was very pretty. In response to my compliment, the girl said “thank you”. I told the girl that the corn dog that she was eating looked good. She said “thank you” and told Bob and me that our lunches looked and smelled good too. The girl was quite a talker; the man was quiet. The girl reminded me of my niece and my next door neighbor’s daughter when they were younger. Both girls could talk your ear off! I didn’t take a picture of the man and girl while we were eating. I did, however, take a picture of the girl later while she was playing in water at Perry Square.
After lunch Bob and I checked out the variety of vendors who were peddling biker-related merchandise. We ran into our neighbors, Tina and Scott, while inside one of the vendor’s tents.
We also checked out some of the thousands of motorcycles that were parked on State Street.
Later in the afternoon we watched The Patriot Ride parade. The parade departed the Erie Veterans Affairs parking lot on East 38th Street at 3:00PM and headed to Perry Square. Our friends, Susan and Dave, rode in the parade.
We met up with Susan and Dave after the parade. We took each others’ photographs on State Street in front of the sea of motorcycles.
We visited with Dave and Susan, while drinking coffee and smoothies at Starbucks. When we left Starbucks, we ran into two other people whom we know — Bruce and Laurel.
Bruce and Laurel walked over to check out our new (to us) motorcycle. Bob and I left Erie soon afterward.
We rode back home via Findley Lake, NY. When we arrived in Findley Lake, Bob rode the motorcycle onto a boat ramp.
When we rode into Findley Lake, I noticed a wedding party across from the lake. As we departed Findley Lake, I snapped a picture of the wedding party.
We returned home around 7:30PM. It was a good day. We enjoyed riding the motorcycle and attending “Roar on the Shore”.
Click here for a map of today’s route.
I got home from work on Saturday a little after 1:30PM. As we were eating lunch, Bob asked what my plans were for the day. I didn’t have any. It was a warm Spring day so I thought Bob might want to go for a motorcycle ride. Instead Bob asked if I still wanted to go to Erie (I had asked Bob on Friday if he would be interested in going to Erie the next day to shop and get something to eat. Bob didn’t know then whether or not he wanted to go to Erie.) I said yes, i would like to go to Erie if he wanted to go.
As we finished lunch I mentioned to Bob that the miniature tripod I used on Friday to take close-up pictures of flowers was not sturdy enough to hold my camera. I had to hold onto a leg of the tripod to keep the camera from falling forward. Bob mentioned that I might be able to find a Gorillapod at Van Tuil, the camera store where I had purchased my monopod a couple years ago. Here’s a photograph of a Gorillapod.
Our tripod discussion reminded me that we had spent the night in Erie in a hotel near that camera store. I said to Bob “wouldn’t it be nice to spend the night in Erie?” We could go shopping, get something to eat and perhaps spend a few hours the next day on a photo shoot. Bob agreed that an overnight stay in Erie would be nice.
I made a hotel reservation at Comfort Inn – Presque Isle, the hotel at which we had stayed two years ago. We packed an overnight bag and tossed that bag, our computers and my camera bag into the car. We were on our way to Erie in under 30 minutes from the time we decided to make the trip. I love how we sometimes do spontaneous things like this. It is nice to be able to just pick up and go.
We arrived at the hotel around 3:45PM and checked into our room. After relaxing in our hotel room for about 1 1/2 hours we went shopping at Millcreek Mall and had dinner at Ruby Tuesday. Oh, and I did look up Van Tuil on the Internet, checking for its operating hours. Van Tuil is open only until 4:00PM on Saturdays and is not open on Sundays. A quick look at its website showed me that Gorillapods were not one of the products available through Van Tuil. I did see a heavy duty table tripod, but I prefer the flexibility of the Gorillapod. I’ll shop online later for a Gorillapod.
The next day, Sunday, we got up around 8:00AM. We took showers, got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast. The Comfort Inn provides a full breakfast for its guests. Breakfast selections included Belgian waffles, eggs, sausage, muffins, bagels, juice, fruit, tea and coffee. After breakfast we hung out in our hotel room for a few hours, checking out the store inserts in Sunday’s newspaper and surfing the internet. A bonus feature of spending Saturday night at Comfort Inn – Presque Isle is a free Erie newspaper on Sunday.
We checked out of the hotel around 10:30AM and drove to Presque Isle, which was only a couple miles drive from our hotel. We spent about 1 1/2 hours driving leisurely around Presque Isle. We made a few stops along the way.
Our first stop was at Perry Monument, where Bob was a bully. He chased the geese and made them fly into the water.
Perry Monument and Me
We drove along Coast Guard Road to the North Pier Lighthouse. Prior to arriving at the North Pier Lighthouse we stopped at Horseshoe Pond so I could take pictures of the floating houses. The floating houses are so cool! I have seen houses floating on water only on Presque Isle. I was curious, too, if these floating houses stay on the pond year round. I found my answer via a quick Google search. These floating houses do stay on the pond year round.
Upon reaching the end of Coast Guard Road, we parked our car and walked to the end of the concrete pier, where we got up close and personal with the North Pier Lighthouse.
North Pier Lighthouse
Our next stop was at Presque Isle Lighthouse. I walked to the beach to get a good view of the lighthouse. I was surprised by the amount of sand erosion on the beach. The ground just drops off. I was surprised, too, how well I walked in the sand. I’ve been experiencing a great deal of leg pain and knee instability. My knee felt solid while I waked in the sand. I was careful as I walked; however, my leg didn’t hurt at all while I walked on the sand. I don’t know what to make of that? I did feel like I had a workout, though, when I got back to the car.
Presque Isle Lighthouse, Beach View
After completing our drive around Presque Isle we went to Tim Horton’s for a snack. Tim Horton’s was just up the road from our hotel. It was around 12:15PM when we pulled into Tim Horton’s.
After we finished our snack at Tim Horton’s we started on our way home, making several stops along the way. We stopped to shop at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Millcreek Mall, as well as at Kmart further up the road. We bumped into friends, Susan and Dave, while in Kmart. We always seem to run into someone whom we know from our hometown while shopping in Erie. It never fails to astonish me. We stopped at the casino in Erie. Bob received $10.00 slot play in the mail. Bob played that $10.00 and his own $10.00, losing both. I played my own $5.00 and left the casino with $5.00 more in my pocket.
Our next stop was in the small, picturesque village of Findley Lake, NY.
Findley Lake Anchor and Me
Findley Lake Waterwheel and Bob
Findley Lake Waterwheel and Me
Route 426 through Findley Lake
Our last stop before returning home was at Country Foods, in Corry PA, where we enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked meal. We returned home between 4:30 and 5:00PM. All in all we had a fun, relaxing weekend.