Archive | May, 2018

Homebound from Romney

20 May

Jim and I split about 8:00am and went our separate directions. I’m solo and Jim towards home in North Carolina, with Larry in tow south as far as a campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nice for Jim to have company and being together makes for an easy navigation day for Larry, just to follow.

I enjoyed mostly sun and dry roads and had a fantastic home style dinner for lunch at Rayaunda’s restaurant, and realized is was very close to Beaver Springs Dragstrip, so I rode couple miles north out of my way to see if I might be able to meet up with Beaver Bob and Donna; good for them they recently retired and sold the strip. I decided to stop for the day at a Comfort Inn in Towanda PA. Wow, welcomed with a beer cooler in the lobby! Reasonably long day of 467km so I’m more than half way home.

First adventure 2018

11 May

I’m leaving in the morning for a ride; plan to be home in about 2 weeks. I’ll be meeting another rider Sunday night in Indiana Pennsylvania and eventually we will find our way to the annual, camp&ride event in Romney WV the following weekend.

On Saturday I stopped at the Kinzua viaduct, an amazing construction project in it time but not much left any longer to hold a train.

On Sunday I was the first firstaid trained person on the site of a accident; a van with 3 women, no seatbelts, smucked a hydro pole. Nothing life threatening, no massive bleeding, everyone breathing ok; but cuts, bruises, likely a few broken bones and a back injury. A nurse driving by stopped soon after me and the fireman and medics arrived in about 15 minutes and took over. I expect I missed the actual crash by less than a minute. I surprised my self that I kept so calm.

I had about 1.5 hours of rain Sunday, but otherwise we’ve kept mostly dry.

Jim and have had a very good day, with a real mix of roads to explore.

The rain finally caught up with us this afternoon while on dirt/gravel roads west side of Pine Creek Gorge; via Cedar Run and Slate Run, probably a tornado, judging by all the trees ans branches littering the roads. We’re drying out and have a room at a tavern in Waterville PA.

After lunch today we left for Lock Haven and have spent a dry afternoon in the museum.

Due to the wet weather forecast we choose today, Thursday, as the driest and best to ride and make some mileage and are now in our motel in Romney a day earlier than planned. Today was damp, some rain, but generally a good day with some nice twisties to enjoy. We went our of our way riding a lot of bumpy gravel to get to Oldtown toll bridge crossing the Potomac, only to find it awash with high water and debris. Bummer to have to change our route adding about 2 hours. Met up with some friends and had a group dinner while Larry entertained us.