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Ride to Benezette, PA

Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride on Saturday, June 25. We departed home at 9:30 am, en route Benezette PA. Our first stop was in Ridgway PA.

We parked on South Broad Street, beside the courthouse.

Parked on South Broad Street in Ridgway, PA

Elk County Courthouse
Ridgway, PA

As I do whenever we pass through Ridgway and have no time constraints, I telephoned a friend who lives in Ridgway. Gretchen answered my call, AND she was in Ridgway. She wasn’t at her house, though. She was at her parents’ house, which is in Ridgway as well. Gretchen gave us directions to her parents’ house. A few minutes later we crashed her dad’s birthday BBQ.

I LOVE this picture of Baby “A”, Bob and me. Baby “A” is Gretchen’s granddaughter. We crashed Gretchen’s father’s birthday BBQ so that we could meet this beautiful and precious baby girl and, of course, to see our friend. Baby “A” is 6 weeks old in this picture.  Thank you, Gretchen, for taking this picture of the three of us!

After a short visit with Gretchen and her family, we left for our next destination, lunch at Rose’s Hilltop Diner in Weedville, PA.

Rose’s Hilltop Diner

This diner was Dad’s favorite place to eat, while at his cabin in the “mountains”. I had hoped to see my cousin, Chrystle, who waitresses at the diner. We didn’t see Chrystle, as she wasn’t working that weekend. Bob ordered a Reuben sandwich with onion rings. I ordered a club sandwich. The food and service were excellent.

After lunch, we rode to Walmart in St. Marys. I purchased a lightning cable to charge my iPhone, while riding the motorcycle.  I had forgotten to charge my iPhone before leaving on our ride.  I am sure that the lightning cable will come in handy on other rides too.

From Walmart we rode to Benezette, to the old schoolhouse pavilion. We stopped at the pavilion to wish Cora and Dave congratulations on their marriage, which had taken place earlier in the day. Family and friends were gathered at the pavilion to celebrate their wedding.

Cora and I knew each other only via Facebook, via the Benezette Elk Camera Club group. We became Facebook friends in May 2012. We met in person for the first time at her wedding celebration.  I walked up to Cora, soon after she arrived at the old schoolhouse pavilion.  I said hello to Cora and asked if she knew who I was.  It didn’t help Cora identify who I was, when I said that I was a member of the Benezette Elk Camera Club.  The camera club has over 300 members, and Cora has not met everyone in the club.  When I said that I lived in Warren, I could tell there was recognition on Cora’s part.  She asked tentatively “Brenda?”.  I said close enough, that my name is Linda Gross.  It was nice to finally meet Cora in person, after 4 years of being Facebook friends.

Congratulations Dave and Cora!

Bob and I spent about an hour at the pavilion. We visited with a few other camera club group members in addition to Cora. Some of the club members we met 3 years ago at a club picnic in Benezette at the same location as the wedding celebration.  Some of the club members were new to us, known until then only via Facebook.  I am hoping that Bob and I can attend the next Benezette Elk Camera Club picnic, which will be held in late September.

From the old schoolhouse pavilion we rode to the Elk Country Visitor Center and to the elk viewing site on Winslow Hill. We didn’t expect to see any elk, given the time of day and how hot it was. We didn’t see any elk, as expected.

Oh WAIT!
We did see one elk, this one, while at the Elk Country Visitor Center.

I guess we should have stuck around for a longer time at Cora and Dave’s wedding celebration.  Cora said that two deer and a elk came to visit!

We returned home around 5:00 pm, after a stop at Bob’s Trading Post in Kane, PA for pizza and ice cream.

 

Vintage Bike Meet and Ride

We spent all day Sunday (8/23/2015) with some of our 2 Scoop CycleTherapy group motorcycle riding friends.  2 Scoop CycleTherapy is a group of friends who meet at 6:00 pm Tuesday evenings and choose a motorcycle ride destination for an ice cream cone and return back before dark when possible.  We look for scenic paved back roads, ride as a group and rarely ride faster than 50MPH.  The group goes on longer rides,  occasionally, as well.

For Sunday’s ride we gathered at Slagle’s Speed and Sport bike shop on State Street in North Warren, PA for a ride to Jim Challingsworth’s vintage bike meet and ride. The bike meet and ride is an annual event.  This was the 13th annual meet and ride.  It was the first year that Bob and I attended this event.  We left Slagle’s Speed and Sport at 10:30 am and rode about 50 miles to Ridgway, PA.  I counted 12 motorcycles in our group, some vintage bikes and some newer bikes, and one car.  The car pulled a trailer, which held a vintage bike.

We arrived at the meet location (13374 Boot Jack Rd in Ridgway, PA) around 11:30 am.  We walked around the property looking at the vintage bikes on display, chatting with our friends and other attendees who had arrived from other locations and enjoying the coffee and donuts provided by the Challingworth’s.  The dozen photographs that follow were taken while walking around the property.

This is the vintage Honda that traveled by trailer with our group from Warren.
One day I believe this young boy will ride this bike.

Checking out the vintage bikes on display

I like the paint job on that second bike!

Here is a closer view of the bike with the nice paint job.

 

 

A young boy accompanied us on our ride.

 

The newer bikes were parked out back.

 

 

At approximately 12:45 pm we left on a scenic 90-mile round trip ride of the area.

Our ride leader

 

You may view a detailed map of our ride at Google maps by clicking here.

 

We followed U.S. Route 219 North for a short distance and turned right onto PA Route 948, which we followed through Kersey, PA to PA Route 255.

Turning right onto PA Route 948 South

Riding through the small community of Kersey, PA

 

Leaving Kersey, we turned right onto PA Route 255 East, which we followed past Rose’s Hilltop Diner on the left (great place to eat!), to Caledonia Road.

Passing by Rose’s Hilltop Diner

We are on Caledonia Road.
This picture shows some of the riders behind us.

Caledonia Road is a narrow, two-lane twisty road.

We followed Calendonia Road to the end, where it intersected with PA Route 555.

Caledonia Road and PA Route 555 intersection

We turned left onto PA Route 555 East and followed it for 23 miles to Driftwood, PA.

En route Driftwood, we passed through Medix Run, PA and Benezette, PA.

Medix Run

 

We made a fuel stop at the Benezette Store.  Bob and I have visited Benezette many times. Benezette is known for being the best location to catch a glimpse of Pennsylvania’s elk herd, the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River.  We have seen elk during past visits.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any elk during this trip.

Fuel Stop at Benezette Store

Leaving the Benezette Store, we turned right on PA Route 555 and continued our ride to Driftwood.

The scenery along PA Route 555 is beautiful.

Another scenic vista, while on PA Route 555.

the borough of Driftwood
Crossing over the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek
Picturesque view of creek, railroad bridge and hills beyond

the borough of Driftwood
nearing the end of PA Route 555

the borough of Driftwood
PA Route 555 ends here; PA Route 120 begins here.

We followed PA Route 120 East to the village of Sinnemahoning, PA.

This is the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge.
We crossed over the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge and
followed Wycoff Run Road (PA Route 2001) to the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.

Crossing the Sinnemahoning Creek Bridge
I am happy that it was a sunny, dry day.
I do not like crossing this type of bridge on a rainy day!

PA Route 2001, from Sinnemahoning to the Quehanna Highway, is a nice road
with lots of sweepers and beautiful scenery.

 

After an approximate 10-mile ride on PA Route 2001 we reached Quehanna Highway (PA Route 2004), which we crossed over to enter the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.

We made a rest stop at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area.
We didn’t walk into the woods to look for any wildlife.

Some of our friends at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area

“The King” joined us on our ride. 🙂

I noticed this gentleman, while at the bike show before leaving on our ride.  I did a double take then, amazed by his resemblance to Elvis Presley.  I saw him again during our fuel stop in Benezette.  I even pointed him out to friends and asked if they thought he resembled Elvis Presley (they thought so too).  Well, during our stop at the Hoover Farm Wildlife Viewing Area, I could no longer contain my curiosity.   I walked up to this man and said: “I have to ask you a question.  Has anyone ever told you that you look like Elvis Presley?”  He chuckled, pulled out his wallet and handed me a business card.

Leaving Hoover Farm we turned left onto Quehanna Highway (PA Route 2004).  Several miles later we, once again, crossed over the Sinnemahoning Creek at Medix Run and turned left onto PA Route 555.

Riding Quehanna Highway

Quehanna Highway ends in Medix Run, PA.

We turned left onto PA Route 555 in Medix Run.

The approach to PA Route 555 was a bit challenging, due to the steep incline!

 

We returned from the approximate 90-mile ride around 4:00 pm and enjoyed a meal of hot dogs, baked beans and pasta salad provided by the Challingsworth’s.

We left for our ride back home about an hour later.

We made a fuel stop at Sheetz in Ridgway, PA.

Leaving Sheetz, we picked up U.S. Route 219, which we followed through Johnsonburg, PA. In Wilcox, PA we picked up PA Route 321, which we followed to Longhouse Drive. We followed Longhouse National Scenic Drive to Pennsylvania Route 59. We turned left onto Route 59 and made a rest stop at Kinzua Point.

Johnsonburg Paper Mill

Approaching PA Route 59 from Longhouse Drive

We made a rest stop at Kinzua Point.
Are you wondering what Paul (on the left) is pointing to?
Notice, too, that Scott and Donna are looking in the direction to which Paul points.
Wait until you see what we saw VERY SOON after our stop ….

 

 

 

 

This is not something one sees everyday at the Allegheny Reservoir!

We didn’t see only one C-130 airplane pass over either!

A second C-130 airplane!

We returned home around 7:00 pm. We had a very good time.  I am happy that Bob and I decided to attend Jim Challingworth’s vintage bike meet and ride.  We enjoyed the round-trip ride from Warren, PA to Ridgway, PA with our friends.  The bike meet was well attended, with lots of very nice and well cared for vintage bikes on display.  I especially enjoyed the 90-mile scenic ride.  Many of the places we passed through on the ride were places I had heard of only from wildlife and nature photographer friends.  I am already planning a return trip to explore the area in a more leisurely fashion, which means lots more stops to enjoy the wildlife and beauty of the area!

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

Bob and I attended the annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, held in Ridgway, PA, for the first time last year. We were amazed by the exceptional beauty of the chainsaw sculptures and made it a point to attend this year’s event. The 13th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous began today, February 18, and runs through Saturday, February 25.

Carved Motorcycle

The hot seat!

Carving in Progress

Punxsutawney Phil

Bob with some carvings

Truck load of wood

 

When I saw this sculpture

I was reminded of how Bob dressed for a Halloween party a couple years ago.

Halloween Party 2009

The Highlight of the Day

In my previous blog post, I shared with you photographs of chainsaw art. Although the art was amazing to see, attending the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous was not the highlight of my day. The highlight of my day was meeting Gretchen.

Gretchen and I knew each other only in cyberspace, until yesterday.

Gretchen and I

Gretchen is a fellow blogger. She discovered my blog via a photograph that I had posted of Warren, PA — my hometown. Warren isn’t far from where Gretchen lives. Gretchen and I began exchanging comments on each others’ blogs. You may find Gretchen’s blog by clicking here. We became friends on Facebook. We talked about getting together for a cup of coffee one day. That day came yesterday, when Bob and I attended the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. We didn’t have a cup of coffee. We did, however, enjoy walking among the extraordinary works of art at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous as we began bonding our heretofore cyberspace friendship into a real-life friendship. The bonding process continued, as we shared lunch at Patalano’s Place II, a local Italian restaurant.

Gretchen, I am so glad that our paths crossed on the Internet. Bob and I both were happy to make your acquaintance in person. I am looking forward to our next meeting!

You may read Gretchen’s account of our meeting by clicking here. You may view some of the photographs that Gretchen took, while at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous by clicking here.

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

Yesterday Bob and I attended the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway, PA. It was our first time attending this event. You can read all about the Rendezvous by clicking here, which will take you to the official rendezvous website.

I prepared a slideshow for you to see the pictures that I took at the rendezvous. Be prepared to be amazed, as I was, by the exceptional beauty of chainsaw sculptures.

The rendezvous, although very nice, was not the highlight of the day. Stay tuned for my next blog post for the highlight of my day.

Enchanted Woodlins

On Saturday I wrote about driving to Brookville, Pennsylvania to buy a pair of work boots for Bob. After we left Jack’s Boot Shop, we didn’t drive straight home. As Brookville is a 60-mile drive from our house, we decided to make a day out of it.

After shopping at Jack’s Boot Shop, we ate lunch at Plyler’s Buffet & Family Restaurant. The restaurant is located in Brookville too. We both ate from the buffet, which provided a wide variety of country-style cooked food, salads and dessert. The food quality was excellent; everything tasted very good. I did have one complaint though. Three of the hot food selections were not hot throughout The food temperature of those three selections was differing levels of lukewarm to hot. As we were checking out, I mentioned my disappointment with the cashier. She took 15% off our bill. I wasn’t looking for a discount on our meals. I just wanted to make her aware of the problem. It was good customer service to apply a discount to our meals. We would eat there again.

We didn’t go straight home after lunch. We drove home by way of Ridgway and Kane, which added approximately 30 miles to our day’s drive. We have driven through Ridgway numerous times while on our way to visit relatives in Virginia or to go to my brother’s camp near St. Marys. We’ve stopped a couple times in Ridgway but only to get gas and eat at a couple restaurants. We stopped in Ridgway for a short time on Saturday. We walked a couple blocks down and back up the main street.

Ridgway, Pennsylvania is a borough in and the county seat of Elk Country.

Elk County Courthouse

When driving through Ridgway I have always admired the wood carvings that line the street. I photographed several of these wood carvings during Saturday’s walk.  The wood carvings are are known as “Enchanted Woodlins” and include animals, totem poles, and other sculptures.

Totem Pole

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

an Enchanted Woodlin

 

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