Mike and Di ByCycle 2016 travel blog

State number 10!! Pennsylvania!!!

Had to do something in Pennsylvania to create a memory . ....

Homemade donuts in Erie, Pennsylvania

Gary offered to lead us thru the bicycle routes of Erie, PA...

These are actually Concord grape vines running all the way down to...

Stopping for a fresh peach from the road side fruit stand. It...

Perfect peaches at the roadside fruit stand

Lunch at The Crazy Parrot, patio seating on a hot day was...

Pennsylvania has a wine trail! Who knew so we had to sample...

Of course the Crazy Parrot meals would be served with a crazy...

State number ELEVEN!!!! New York!!!!

Cute little cabin at Westfield KOA, NY . . . Got inside...


Aug 16 - The kitchen of our sweet B&B in Conneaut OH (pronounced Con' - e - ott). Breakfast as promised!! Scrambled eggs with cheese and fresh tomatoes all rolled up in a soft tortilla!! Coffee for me and juice for Mike!! I know the B&B always provides breakfast, that is why it is known as a bed and breakfast, but that was the only disappointing part. Cereal was the best there was!! We took great delight in preparing our own!! And it was yummy!!! No boiling water required!!

Very hard to leave the comfort of this place!! Windy, overcast and of course rain. A day without rain . . . .

Only 2 miles and we crossed into state number 10!! Pennsylvania!! Immediately the roads opened up wider with very generous shoulders for us to use and stay out of the way of cars!! Traffic was pretty light so early in the morning and we enjoyed the peace and quiet! Still interesting how the scenery seems to change as soon as you cross a state line. You would think it would ease into a change. Hard to describe how it is different, it just is!!

We only have a few miles in Pennsylvania before we cross into New York! After riding a few hours I couldn't help but feel we had to do SOMETHING in Pennsylvania to make some memories of our brief visit and the appropriate thing seem to be to stop for a coffee and a sweet thing!! A donut shop appeared just about then and that was perfect!! After all we are doing the cinnamon roll taste test from coast to coast to compare them and name a winner!! It was a nice break and of course always a chat with someone!! Or a room full of someone's!! Fun stuff!

The only town of any size that we rode thru was Erie and it appeared that we would have no problem navigating the streets of Erie. It felt like the rain had finally caught up with us as a shower got quite heavy making it necessary to stop and cover everything up . . . Again! While stopped . . . You guessed it . . . A friendly local biker pulls up behind us and after a very brief chat he said "Follow me and I will lead you thru the bike path and get you back on your route!!" Awesome!!!! And off we went!! He also happened to be quite knowledgeable on the history of the area and the Erie Harbor, Commodore Perry and the war of 1812! We stopped for a closer look while he explained that Perry was sent to Erie to build the fleet in the harbor and sail it to Sandusky to ward off the French! When the war was over, they sailed the fleet back and thinking they would not need the ships any longer, sank the vessels in the harbor for storage under water!! How interesting is that?? The harbor has only a small entrance created by an island that is now the Presque Isle State Park. Thanks Gary for all the great info and the guided tour thru the maze of bicycle paths in Erie!!

We enjoyed the beautiful wide shoulders on the road offered by Pennsylvania and it took us along the Pennslyvania wine trail!! Never knew it was such a big thing here!! Vineyards have replaced the corn and bean fields of the Midwest!! Rows and rows and rows of them right down to the waters edge! We really wanted to stop and sample some of their product, hopefully grab a bit of lunch as well,but there were no wineries to choose from that offered a bit of food as well and then we got distracted by the amazing produce and succulent ripe peaches on the fruit and veggie roadside cart!! They were better than any glass of wine!! We stopped and treated ourselves to two of them each!! The first one was just so amazing, had to try a second and it was equally amazing!!

I think the peaches reminded us that we were actually hungry and when the Crazy Parrot Marina and Restaurant appeared ahead of us, it was obvious it was the perfect spot to get both!! Lake side patio, local wine from just down the road and a meal!! Perfect!

Lunch done and wine tasted, back on the road for only a few short miles and we were in NEW YORK!!!!!!! New York!!! I can hardly believe it!! New York has rain too!! Hopefully this is our last night hiding out from the storms for awhile, we have a cabin at a KOA campground just across the street from the lake. I have never been in a KOA campground that wasn't backed onto an interstate and this is no exception. I guess there is a reason of convenience for travelers, but it is just plain noisy!! Oh well, it was dry when the rain came and couldn't even hear the noise from inside. We were treated to to the most spectacular sunset!! How long has it been since we have only seen clouds at night?? It was a blazing red orange pink and blue all at the same time. I guess that is a good sign. Red sky at night, shepherds delight . ..

Oh just a little heads up to those fans of Welch's grape products!! We are in the land of Welch's Concord grape vineyards and the grapes are in danger of failure due to lack of rain!! So stock up if you are a grape jelly fanatic!!!!

Good night everyone!! Thanks for checking in!!



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