Saturday, September 7, 2013
Pa. Grand Canyon & Erie Canal Trails
Sorry so long since last post but being in the boonies as we were a lot didn't lend well to wifi or cell phone service. Gosh most people up in this part of Pa. still have land lines and there are pay phones just about in every town general store. We settled in to Pettecote Junction Campground in Cedar Run near the Pa. Grand Canyon and managed to cop a electric site due to a cancellation after only one night boon docking. Here the Pine Creek trail is 61 miles long, crushed rock through stunning scenery, with little villages and towns along the way. We found a farmer in Wellsboro who sells pasture fed beef and another guy just 5 miles down the road from the camp who sells free range eggs. So we've been eating primal and clean. A storm blew through and brought the creek up enough to enable us to get in a kayak paddle, so we took the van south, dropped it at Slate Run, pedaled the trikes back to camp got in the kayaks and paddled down stream with the current with small rapids thrown in for fun. Stayed through Labor Day and then lit out for New York and the Erie Canal trail. Got a pull through site at Red Rock Ponds Camping Resort. There are lots of ponds where they quarried for the red rock in the 1800s that is seen on lots of buildings in this area. Luna has met a friend by the name of Diesel and he is said to be Chihuahua/Corgi mix, and if they could both be let off leash would have a ball juking and cutting chasing each other around. She also met another Chihuahua named Mikey who is so very cute. This trail is crushed rock until it gets closer to Rochester then we hear it's paved, but haven't ridden that part yet. We're here till Friday when we'll head south to Alfred to Peter Stull, The Bicycle Man Shop for a recumbent rally and ride. Hope to hook up with Bryan Ball sometime this week and will see him at Pete's. Made a Trader Joe's run today as it was rainy and there was a huge Wegman's store in the same complex. A monster grocery store on the scope of the GIANT Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Hoping the weather clears up tomorrow so we can explore more of this trail and places like Holley Falls. Read a really good book I saw reviewed in a newspaper in Wellsboro Pa. It's by David Rosenfeld, "Dogtripping". Very funny true story about a couple who rescue Golden Retrievers mostly and take a trip x country with 25 dogs. Read it in 2 days! Met a guy throwing a stick into the canal for his golden to fetch. Couldn't tell if he said he was 99 or the dog was 9 but his name is George Foster and the dog is Max. Lovin' this cool weather, see ya!