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Adam’s Big Surprise

Bob and I are members of a local motorcycle group called 2 Scoop CycleTherapy.  We get together on Tuesday evenings, go for a ride, and stop for ice cream along the way.  We get together for rides other times during the week as well.

We met up with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy friends at 5:00 pm yesterday at the North Warren Playground parking lot.  At 5:20 pm we departed from the parking lot and rode together to Betts Park. The purpose of going to Betts Park was to surprise a teenage boy named Adam, who has special needs. Adam graduated high school on Friday, and his graduation party was held yesterday at Betts Park.  Adam loves motorcycles. His mother had asked Donna, who is a member of our motorcycle group and who works with Special Needs students, if she knew anyone who rides.  Boy! howdy! Does Donna know people who ride!  Donna invited members of the 2 Scoop CycleTherapy group to help her surprise Adam.

This was Adam’s expression, when he saw all the motorcycles.

Paul gave Adam a couple rides in his sidecar. The first ride was just Paul and Adam.

Adam, getting into the sidecar

Look how happy Adam is!

I captured a short video clip, as Paul and Adam returned from the first ride around the parking lot.

On the second ride Adam was part of a ride, as members of 2 Scoop CycleTherapy joined in on the ride around the parking lot.

Once again I captured a short video clip, when Adam returned back from the ride.

Adam, his parents and 2 Scoop CycleTherapy

It warmed each of our hearts to see how excited and happy Adam was to have received such a wonderful graduation present.

Barcelona Harbor

On Saturday, June 6th, Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride that added 190 miles to our odometer.  We left home around 11:00 am and didn’t return home until after 7:00 pm. We rode to Lake Erie State Park, where we enjoyed a picnic with a view.

From Lake Erie State Park we rode west along Lake Erie, via Route 5, en route Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. We made two photo stops. Our first photo stop was at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield, NY. There are two main attractions at Barcelona Harbor — the Sea Lion and the Barcelona Lighthouse.

 

The Sea Lion

The Sea Lion is a reproduction of a late 16th century British three-mast, square-rigged sailing vessel, faithfully built in the same manner as actual ships of the time. The ship building effort took several years and several persons to complete.  The Sea Lion was officially commissioned on Chautauqua Lake in 1985. The ship was sold in 1992 to the Buffalo Maritime Society, where it was operated until it sank at its moorings in 1999. Local divers and other concerned citizens raised the ship in 2000, towing her back to Barcelona. The ship is dry docked waiting to be restored.  I hope that the Sea Lion sails again.

Barcelona Harbor’s second main attraction is the Barcelona Lighthouse. The Barcelona Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the world to be lit by natural gas.

 

Barcelona Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s House

Our second photo stop was at Dobbins Landing in Erie.  I will share photographs from that stop in my next blog post.

Lake Erie State Park

On Saturday, June 6th, Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride that added 190 miles to our odometer.  We left home around 11:00 am and didn’t return home until after 7:00 pm. We rode to Lake Erie State Park via County Route 380. The park is located in Chautauqua County, a short distance northeast of the village of Brocton, NY.   Our New York State Empire Passport gained us free admission to the park. Without the passport, it would have cost us $6.00 to enter the park.

We parked on the day-use side of the park, as opposed to the campground side of the park.

From the parking lot you can see the bathhouse, which is available for wedding and party rentals.  To the right of the bathhouse is a small bridge.

We crossed over the bridge.

 

discovered a beautiful On the other side of the bridge we discovered a private picnic area atop a high bluff overlooking Lake Erie.

Even though it was windy and a little bit chilly on the bluff, we enjoyed a picnic lunch with a wonderful view.

 

After lunch we took a short walk along the beach.

We weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the beach that day.

Here’s a closer look at the bathhouse.

The bathhouse is available for wedding and party rentals.  It was a beautiful beach area.  Lake Erie State Park’s website, however, mentions that swimming is not permitted.

From Lake Erie State Park we rode west along Lake Erie, via Route 5, en route Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.  I will share photographs from stops along the way in my next blog post.

West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 6 of 9

On the morning of Thursday, May 13, we awakened at 6:15 am and were showered and dressed by 7:00 am.

We ate breakfast at Pop’s Grits & Eggs, which is located next door to A Holiday Motel.  At the time,  the restaurant had been opened for only a week. Laura F. and “Bassman” joined us for breakfast. The food and service were great, even though the waitress had called in to say she would be a no show that day.

Ready to Roll

We departed A Holiday Motel at 9:00 am en route Townsend, TN. I drove; Bob rode the motorcycle. Sandy R. accompanied me. Sandy and I were at the end of a line of motorcycles, led by “Skid”. We took U.S. Route 19 to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which we followed to U.S Route 441. Sandy and I got left behind when we made a bathroom stop at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located about 16 miles from Newfound Gap. We caught up with everyone at Newfound Gap.

Newfound Gap
on the North Carolina-Tennesee Border

Bob and Mike

Newfound Gap

 

From Newfound Gap we followed Rt. 441 and Rt. 73 to Townsend, TN. We ate lunch at Smokin Joe’s BBQ.

“Skid” and Sandy at Smokin Joe’s BBQ

Jaime and Phillip and their son, Caleb, met us at Smokin Joe’s BBQ.
“Skid” says hello.

Lunch at Smokin Joe’s BBQ

Lunch at Smokin Joe’s BBQ

Lunch at Smokin Joe’s BBQ

Lunch at Smokin Joe’s BBQ

Our lunch group took over a room inside Smokin Joe’s BBQ.

Lunch was very good.  I ordered ½ chicken with hush puppies, coleslaw and macaroni salad. Bob had a meat salad (and some of my chicken).

After lunch, Sandy and I parted ways with the motorcyclists. The motorcyclists left to ride The Tail of the Dragon. Sandy and I returned to Maggie Valley via Pigeon Forge and U.S. Route 441. We stopped at a couple overlooks and at a waterfall on our way back to A Holiday Motel.

Sandy at the Chimney Tops Overlook
Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Route 441-TN)

We made a second stop at Newfound Gap because I wanted to take additional pictures.

Sandy and I on the North Carolina-Tennessee Border

Newfound Gap view

Newfound Gap
Rockefeller Memorial and The Appalachian Trail

Sandy and I at Newfound Gap

 About 20 minutes after leaving Newfound Gap, we saw water rushing down a hill on the side of the road.

Waterfall along U.S. Route 411-NC

Sandy and I returned to A Holiday Motel around 3:50 pm.  Bob returned to the motel about 1 1/2 hours later. He enjoyed riding The Tail of the Dragon but said he would not have enjoyed it as much 2-up.  Bob said that I would not have liked it.

Bob “goin’ mad on the Dragon”
(Bob purchased this high-resolution digital image from killboy.com.)

We ate dinner at Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant with Candy and Karl R. This restaurant is located within walking distance of A Holiday Motel. Bob and I each ordered a taco salad with beef tips. The taco salads were delicious, and the service was good.  We were sorry to hear that Karl has not been feeling well.  He spent the day at the hospital…diagnosis: pneumonia in the lower part, I believe, of his lung.

We spent the evening of our 6th day of vacation, as we do so at every VROC rally … at the “kaw pasture”, sitting around a roaring campfire, listening to music and talking with our friends.

Ice Cream Ride to Youngsville Dairy Queen

Bob and I went on a motorcycle ride yesterday evening with our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy group friends.

 

The North Warren Playground parking lot provides an excellent staging area for our weekly ice cream rides.  There is a covered pavilion that provides plenty of sitting space and a large parking lot with plenty of space for our motorcycles.

North Warren Playground parking lot

Our initial plan was to stop for ice cream somewhere in Tidioute, PA.  This map shows the route that we rode from North Warren to Tidioute.  Our ice cream destination changed, while stopped at the Tidioute Overlook.  The Tidioute Overlook is located along Route 337, a short distance before reaching Route 62 in Tidioute.

This is the parking lot for the Tidoute Overlook.

Carol and I walked the short distance from the parking lot to the Allegheny River overlook.  We found Mandy back there, taking pictures of the view.

A decision was made at the Tidioute Overlook that we would go to the Dairy Queen in Youngsville for ice cream.  If we stopped for ice cream in Tidioute, it would be a cold ride back home.

We crossed over the Tidioute bridge and turned right onto Davey Hill Road, which we followed to U.S. Route 6 to the Dairy Queen.

Tidioute Bridge

This map shows our route from Tidioute to the Dairy Queen in Youngsville.

Youngsville Dairy Queen

Youngsville Dairy Queen

I had never seen so many employees inside Dairy Queen.  At the Youngsville Dairy Queen, you place an order at the counter.  A number is given to you.  One of the employees brings your food, hot or cold, to your table.

We saw a variety of animals during last night’s ride.  I counted at least 7 deer.  Two deer crossed the road in front of our ride leader.  Bob and I were two motorcycles behind the ride leader.  Apparently Bob and I missed seeing a deer standing on the road.  Everyone else saw it; we didn’t!  We saw a live porcupine on the side of the road;  a buzzard flew across the road in front of our ride leader; and two horses in their pasture trotted alongside our motorcycles.  I think it was Paul, our ride leader, who made the comment that we had been on a safari!

After enjoying our ice cream at Dairy Queen, we made our way back home.

West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 4 of 9

On the morning of Tuesday, May 12th, Bob awakened about 4:30 am and read the newspaper. I slept for another 45 minutes or so. We had showered, dressed and eaten breakfast by 6:30 am.

We talked about heading out for Maggie Valley, NC the day before. We had seen all we planned to see in the New River Gorge area by mid morning. Because of the strong possibility that we would hit rain if we departed West Virginia on Monday, we stayed put for a day. It was a good call! I read Jim “Skid” Robinson’s blog post about his and Sandy’s trip yesterday from Grove City, PA to Maggie Valley (They arrived in Maggie Valley a little after 6:00 pm.). “Skid” and Sandy drove through torrential downpours, thunder and lightning. “Skid” wrote he was happy to be trailering the motorcycle.

There was threat of rain, along our route, but only in the early morning hours. We departed the Comfort Inn Oak Hill (West Virginia) at 7:30 am, en route Maggie Valley, NC. We arrived at A Holiday Motel in Maggie Valley around 1:15 pm. We didn’t see any rain during our trip!

Welcome SEVROC 10th Year in Maggie Valley

A Holiday Motel is headquarters for this year’s Southeast Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (SEVROC) motorcycle rally, which begins officially on Thursday and lasts through Sunday. Our reservation was for 4 nights, Wednesday through Sunday. Rob and Gabi, motel proprietors, were able to accommodate us a day early. We did the same thing last year. We reserved a room for 3 nights and arrived a day early. We have the same room as last year, room 5, next door to the motel office.

We weren’t the first rally attendees to arrive at A Holiday Motel.  Several VROC friends arrived ahead of us.

Across the street from our motel is a country wedding chapel that I didn’t notice the previous two times we have attended SEVROC. I walked across the street and took a few pictures of the chapel and the waterfall behind it.

Miss Carolines Country Wedding Chapel

Miss Carolines Country Wedding Chapel is a nice setup for a wedding!

We ate dinner at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Waynesville. Besides the two of us, fifteen others ate dinner with us.

Dinner with friends (some of the 17 of us who ate together) at Sagebrush of Waynesville.

Bob and I chose to order from the 2 for $28 meal selections, which included several full-meal entree selections with an appetizer to start. For an appetizer we ordered Blossom Petals, crisp onion petals served with a tangy dipping sauce. Bob’s main entree was an 8 oz NY Strip Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Broccoli. My main entree was Tenderloin Tips with sauteed peppers and onions and a Side House Salad and a Loaded Sweet Potato topped with Cinnamon Sugar, Butter and Toasted Marshmallows. Service was very slow. Our meals arrived hot, whereas some other peoples’ meals arrived cold. No one sent back their meals, as no one wanted to wait any longer to eat.

Upon returning back to A Holiday Motel, we stood around talking about a variety of subjects with our friends for a while. Bob and I went to bed at 10:30 pm.

Ice Cream Ride to Peaches and Cream

My husband and I belong to a motorcycle group called 2 Scoop Cycletherapy.  We are a group of friends who like to ride.  Once a week in the spring, summer and fall months we ride for ice cream.  We ride together other times, too, but once a week our destination is always someplace that we can get a couple scoops of ice cream.

This past Tuesday (May 26th) we rode to Peaches and Cream in Randolph, NY.  The countryside that we rode through on our way to Peaches and Cream was beautiful.

En route Peaches and Cream

 

En Route Peaches ‘n Cream

En Route Peaches ‘n Cream

En route Peaches ‘n Cream

En route Peaches ‘n Cream

En route Peaches ‘n Cream

We rode for about 1 1/2 hours, before stopping at Peaches and Cream.

We have arrived at Peaches ‘n Cream.

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