May 26 through 30, Kate and I rode out to the Moto Guzzi Owners Club National Rally
in New Cumberland, West Virginia. Thursday night, we rode from Jackson,
NJ to Kate's house in Philadelphia. Friday, we did a 420 mile day, from
Philadelphia to Weirton, WV.
We took the PA Turnpike from Philly to Route 81, and then rode south from there to Route 30, a.k.a. the Lincoln Highway. We stopped there for lunch at the Roadsters Diner in Chambersburg, PA. Then we took the fun part of Rt 30 west over the Appalachians to a few miles past Bedford, PA.
Bedford, PA deserves special mention -- it has a number of interesting sites: Dunkel's Gulf Station, the Coffee Pot restaurant, which was recently preserved, and the Pied Piper. Tragically, the Ship Hotel burned down since our last visit.
From Bedford, we took the PA Turnpike, I-70, PA 18, and US 22 to Weirton, WV, arriving around 6PM, just in time for the evening rain.
Saturday morning, we got up and rode up to the rally site in New Cumberland, WV, arriving just in time for the parade, in which all the rally attendees ride their bikes the length of the town (with fire engine escort) while the towns people line the main street and cheer and wave. This has been a tradition for many of the 27 years that this rally has been held.
After the parade, all the attendees lined up for the group shot, which involves a professional photographer who has a motorized camera that he uses to shoot a 180 degree panorama on a continuous piece of film.
I hung around the rally site the rest of the day. Mark Etheridge of Moto Guzzi Classics of Long Beach, CA had been flown out by some of his appreciative customers, and he was wandering about the rally site, tuning carburators in return for beers. Saturday night was the big dinner prepared by the fire department (on whose land the rally is held), and then after the awards, Kate and I adjourned to our hotel in Weirton. (Long distance female rider was Alice Sexton, who rode from California.)
We Left Sunday morning, and rode east on US 22 to I-79, north on that,
and then east on I-80 to PA 8, then northeast on that and then PA 62
to US 6. This part of PA is near Titusville and Oil City, and is the
home of the original oil wells drilled since the first one in Titusville
in 1859. On Route 62, we came across the Simpler Times Museum. A
summary from the web:
We didn't have time to really do the place justice, we just tore through it in 45 minutes or so and then hit the road again. Miles to go before we slept and all that. We stopped for a late lunch at what I think was the Fireman's Dining Room between Roulette and Coudersport, PA. There we were offered two 1970 vintage BMW's, owned by a widowed friend of the proprietor, who lived nearby. Probably nice bikes, but quite over priced at $7000 each.
We stayed Sunday night with our friends Jack and Debbie in Ulster, PA.
Monday, we rode back from Ulster PA via US 6, I-81, I-380, PA 33, PA 611,
PA 32, NJ 29, I-195. Total mileage was 1050. Both the 33 year old
Moto Guzzi Ambassador and the 15 year old Honda CBR600F ran fine the