|Coffee and a porch swing. What a great way to relax.|
It promised to be a full day, running with Deb and Greg, sightseeing. There’s a lot to see and do in this part of the country, and I’m sorry we don’t have even more time. There’s never enough time because you see and do a few things, and find out about even more things to see and do.
The first place we stopped was at Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for the Kaufmann family. The home is in a rural area, about 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
|What a gorgeous setting.|
|There were so many flowers it was hard to decide what to photograph, or use.|
The smell of hundreds of flowers filled my nostrils we walked the path toward the home. There are more than 300 windows in this house that hangs over a waterfall using an architectural device known as a cantilever. Wright described his style as “organic,” being in harmony with nature.
|Deb and Greg are the best kind to ride with here ... they know all kinds of cool places to visit.|
While there are all these windows, it appears that the people are sheltered inside the stone walls, kind of like being in a cave, and are a part of the environment. It fits very nicely, and has multiple doors and pools.
|As hot and humid as it was, I'd have loved a dip in the pond.|
The unique home in a picturesque setting was beautiful, with only the sound of the water falling to lull you, giving you the feeling you were in your own world.
But it was humid. Sweat ran down my face, it dripped from my nose and was running into places you don’t even want to know about. The only way to cool down and dry it up was to get back onto the bikes and head down the road to our next destination.
From a beautiful home, to a bridge tour, we were seeing a lot of history of this part of the state. Greg and Deb took us to two covered bridges in Somerset County, the Kings Bridge and the Barronvale Bridge.
Kings Bridge was built in 1802 (although in looking for information on the bridge, it’s apparently incorrect), and rebuilt in 1906, possibly, and 2008. While closed to vehicle traffic, you can still walk across it. It’s 114 feet long, and 14 feet, 6 inches wide. It’s made mainly from white oak, and was retrofitted with nail-laminated arches in 1906.
|From the outside of Kings Bridge, it's a beautiful sight. From the inside, not so much with all the graffiti. But you can see the arches that act like a canopy when you wander through it.|
Barronvale Bridge is also known as Barron’s Mill Bridge. Supposedly it was built around 1845, but has a date above it saying 1830 (although I’ve also seen a build date of 1902). It’s near Rockwood, Pennsylvania, and is the longest covered bridge in Somerset County at 162 feet, 3 inches in length. The wooden arches were added when repairs were made to the bridge in 1907.
|The Barronvale Bridge didn't have the graffiti the other one did, and was pretty pristine both outside and in.|
These are two of the 10 covered bridges left in Somerset County. While they are now bypassed with steel highway bridges, they still stand as beautiful reminders of how you crossed rivers back then.
seeing a couple of awesome bridges it was time to ride a while and head to
Stoystown. This would also be history in
review, but it wouldn’t be joyous like seeing bridges.
|You never know what kind of patch you'll see somewhere. I'm into photographing them, with their permission, of course.|
We were going to the Flight 93 National Memorial, the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 that was hijacked in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
|The memorial is somber, a grim reminder of treachery, wickedness and evil.|
|Twenty minutes ... that's all ...|
Outside, the day was sunny and warm. We rode around to the other side of the area where you can park and then walk and view a large rock that now marks the crash site. The rock was put there as a marker as the vegetation has reclaimed much of the area.
|A path is cleared so one can see where the impact was.|
|A wall with the names of the 40 passengers and crew are inscribed|
Along the walkway there are niches where mementos have been left, including “Never forget, 9/11/01.” Every year there’s a closed memorial service for the survivors of those heroes … It’s a reminder to us that there is evil everywhere, and we really must be vigilant and watchful, and aware of what’s going on around us.
|There are so many who have left something of themselves here and it's heartwarming to know people have not forgotten.|
|All I had to leave were a few coins from my pockets.|
Our next stop was in Punxsutawney, home of that little ground hog, Phil, that determines if there’s more winter or not. We were privileged to find a postal ground hog. Haha. Couldn’t help taking a photo of it for our postman friend, Richid.
are a number of ground hogs located around the town so we had to walk around
and take pictures of some of them.
|The mailman ground hog was awesome. Loved him.|
|This was my favorite ... a Liberty Phil.|
While we also saw the “live” Phil, he wasn’t in any mood to come over to the window of his pen to greet us. Oh well. It was time to head for the bike barn.
|A momentary break.|
|We made a stop at a business before getting to the barn. Greg is with Car Mate Trailers, that manufacture specialty enclosed and open trailers. This name caught my eye.|
|And I liked this one because it's red, of course.|
|That there is one damn fine bike barn.|
|Yep. Time to unload for a few days.|
The following day was kind of lazy, and we didn’t ride with the threat of rain everywhere. We wandered around but spent a nice relaxing day that’s needed now and then after riding for a number of days.