Monday, April 11, 2011

Oxford Pennsylvania Loop

As true riding season slowly approaches, my mind is occupied with places to go, things to see, and roads to conquer. As with most motorcyclists, our rides are seldom about a destination. Our rides are all about getting there and back safely. Wherever "there" happens to be.

Our plan for this weekend was to leave Saturday morning and head north through Pennsylvania. We were going to traverse some of the Eastern Pennsylvania counties we rarely see (Chester, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Berks, Bucks, and Montgomery, just to name a few). And I wanted Hubby to see the parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey I only recently discovered (late last year) and keep raving about.

But the weather didn't cooperate. Go ahead, laugh if you must. But when it's supposed to be in the 50s/60s and overcast/potentially rainy, we'll ride if we have to. It's just not ideal. Riding isn't fun when it's cold and wet.

Because the forecast was so iffy, we opted to stay home on Saturday. Perhaps because we had Pennsylvania on the brain, we drove (in the car) to the Amish market in Annapolis to buy some steak for Sunday dinner. And some lunch meat. And while we were there, we got some Bavarian Apple Cheesecake to have for dessert. Oh yeah, we bought hot dogs, too, because Shannon was making pretzel dogs (completely from scratch) for Saturday's dinner.

We did ride on Sunday. It was in the low 50s and overcast when we left. We had high hopes that things would warm up, but they never did. The sun never appeared either. It would have been a bit more pleasant had I not removed the winter liner from my jacket a week ago. Or, more accurately, had I remembered to put the liner back into my jacket or at least take it with us. If I'd worn a long sleeved shirt instead of short sleeves, I might have been more comfortable, too. Of course, some heated clothing would've been nice, too.

Sorry, I'll stop whining. It was a nice ride. Just chilly.

We hit three PA counties (York, Lancaster, and Chester). It wasn't exactly new territory, just ground we don't usually cover on our motorcycles. (Only because our bikes are usually at the WV place, which is much further west.)

There were quite a few Amish buggies on the road, which adds a whole new dimension of excitement. Locals have little patience for the Amish and will pass them often, whether it's safe or not. One has to remain VERY alert. Not only watching out for the buggies, but for the multitudes of impatient motorists. And we can't forget all the road apples.

If you'd like, you can have a look at a PDF version of the trip map and directions.

Sorry this report is a bit dull. I didn't stop to take any pictures even. The day was really very dreary. But at least we got out there. I promise the next report will be more lively.


Trace4J said...

Hi Friend..
It was a really chilly dreary weekend here in Pa. for a ride.
Better weather is on the way!
I can feel it. :)

Shybiker said...

Not dull at all. We don't need fireworks when the content is good.

Motorists who disrespect buggies (and bicycles and motorcyclists) are dangerous and irresponsible. Why is their immature desire to hurry to Burger King more important than the safety of everyone else on the road?