Sunday, June 9, 2013

Flower Sniffing – 8 June 2013

I wanted to get a little riding in this weekend, and the weather cooperated perfectly. Friday featured a thoroughly miserable frog-strangler (that I endured, so I could get the left combo switch replaced – the windscreen switch gave up on this one), but Saturday was oh-so pleasant.

I was so soaked on Friday, that I left all my gear in the bathtub to drip “dry” a bit. I got a characteristic late start….

Connie wanted to check out some of the locations we’d visited on our recent ride to Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, so we headed northeast on the Baltimore Washington Parkway and I-95. I-95 is pretty boring, and uninspiring, so I wanted to get over to U.S. 1 just north of Baltimore. We picked up U.S. 1 in Bel Air, MD, and continued northeast. I’m fascinated by the Conowingo hydroelectric dam, so it was nice to see it in the daylight, and from a direction opposite our usual track.


I did a little research on Mexican restaurants in West Chester, PA and we stopped at Don Gabriel’s for lunch, based on recent Yelp reviews. It was forgettable. We did get a little more riding around West Chester, which was one of our goals for the day.

I also wanted to see the American Helicopter Museum and the QVC studios, both of which are located adjacent to the nearby airport.

We then headed east to check out the area around St. Joseph’s University, and to ride down City Avenue in Philadelpia.


We rode down a side street, and found some truly amazing and HUGE mansions.


We turned northwest at Bala Cynwyd, and rolled through Ardmore. We saw several more really big private schools / universities as we headed out of town.

We stopped in Pottstown, PA for a Dairy Queen visit, very near the Limerick nuclear power plant.


I wanted to ride through French Creek State Park to see the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (we’ll be back to see them earlier in the day) – we found some amazing roads through this area. Well worth a return visit!

It was getting late in the day, so we headed west through Lancaster County (another place we’re going to spend some time exploring) to pick up I-83 south at York, PA.

It was yet another beautiful ride!