Today my Specialized Roubaix road bike took me on a scenic ride through northeastern York County and along the Susquehanna River. When I left the house this morning I had in mind that I wanted to do one thing....whatever else I did determined on where my bike took me. The one thing I wanted to do was ride River Drive. River Drive is as short road along the Susquehanna River between
|Cannas blooming on the York County banks of the Susquehanna River. 8-10-15|
the Accomac Inn and the top of Furnace Road. I always enjoy riding through Mt. Wolf and Saginaw, PA. Both are quaint little towns in the school district in which I teach. Once through Saginaw you will cross the Codorus Creek and the Codorus Furnace. The furnace was built in 1765 by William Bennet on a 150-acre tract of land that was purchased from the Penn family. In 1771, it was purchased by James Smith, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
|Codorus Furance // June 2014|
|Alex and David Raymond next to Codorus Furnace // June 2014.|
Much of the ammunition used by the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and then again in the War of 1812 was forged at the furnace.
Immediately after the furnace you will have the joy of experiencing a category 4 climb up Furnace Road. I know that sounds intimidating but it is, in fact, not a bad climb. Once you are near the top turn left onto River Drive....a very nice (and fast) descend back towards the Susquehanna River.
|River Road rolling next to the Susquehanna River.|
|Wildlife on the Susquehanna River 8-10-15|
|Susquehanna River looking north. York County is on the left and Lancaster County is on the right.|
|Susquehanna River looking south towards Wrightsville, PA|
If you look at my Garmin stats for this ride you will notice that my average speed isn't that high. Being a history nerd, and a teacher of American History, I often stop to take pictures of things that I can use in my class. Probably the neatest thing on
|Grave of C.S.A. UNKNOWN. The marker was dedicated in 2013.|
|David Raymond next to C.S.A. UNKNOWN // April 2014|
River Drive a is a grave stone for an unknown Confederate Soldier who was killed prior the the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
A little further down River Drive you will see the Accomac Inn. A fantastic place to have lunch or dinner (and even get ice cream). The setting along the river couldn't be any more perfect. The Accomac's history dates back to 1722. It is truly a unique experience.
This ride proves one thing.....you don't have to travel very far from your back yard to experience amazing and beautiful things.
David A. Raymond//August 10, 2015