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Monday, August 15, 2016

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE CORN Part 2 -- August 15, 2016

Just as the steam rising from PPL Power Plant helps me gauge the direction and speed of the wind during my bike rides...the height of the corn in the the fields of central Pennsylvania helps me gauge my summer break.  As I wrote earlier this summer...I first heard the phrase "knee-high by the Fourth of July" from my father.  Well...it's safe to say that the local corn has hit it's peak which means...at least for me...another school year is about to start.  Personally, I really don't mind heading back to school.  As a matter of fact, my biggest pet peeve is listening to people I work with gripe about it.  We are giving 3 amazing gifts:  June--July--August.  I try to make the most of all three of them.  When I can't mountain bike...I head out on the road.  What I find is sometimes just as breathtaking.  Here are a some of my favorite road cycling pics from the summer of 2016.  Enjoy!

Keeping a eye on the corn.  Today's ride was my longest since my back surgery in March -- August 15, 2016


The Haines Shoe House is a has been part of the York County landscape for a long time.  This photo was taken from Shoe House Road east of York City -- August 15, 2016


One of my favorite views of York County is along Ore Bank Road east of York City -- August 15, 2016


This beautiful mill pond is located along Lower Glades Road northeast of York City -- August 15, 2016


My summer began with a trip to the desert.  My brother allowed me to borrow his old Cannondale and take a spin -- June 7, 2016


A trip to visit my dad and Mary Jane in Bedford, PA took me past Fort Bedford -- July 6, 2016


The Bedford Springs Hotel once served as the summer White House for President James Buchanan.  It was also frequented by President James K. Polk...which makes it ultra cool to me.  Recently the town of Bedford created a bike trail that easily will take you to this beautiful and historic spot -- July 6, 2016


On West Pitt Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania you will find this slice of Americana...the Coffee Pot -- July 6,  2016


One of my favorite views of York City is from North Point Drive -- July 15, 2016


Blue chicory along North Sherman Street Ext just outside of Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania -- July 29, 2016


On a ride through Saginaw, Pennsylvania I captured this super cool pic of  a butterfly sitting next to the Susquehanna River -- July 29, 2016


Getting my "nerd" on with Mike Alessandroni on our own personal bike tour of the Gettysburg National Battlefield.  Behind us is Sachs Covered Bridge -- August 3, 2016

A view of Sachs Covered Bridge from Pumping Station Road -- August 3, 2016
Sachs Covered Bridge -- August 3, 2016


Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -- August 3, 2016

The railroad cut northwest of the town of Gettysburg.  Fierce fighting between the Union and the Confederacy happened here on July 1, 1863 -- August 3, 2016
Mike Alessandroni and I rode our bikes to the top of Culp's Hill -- August 3, 2016


Devil's Den located in the southern part of the Gettysburg National Military Park -- August 3, 2016


Cemetery Ridge and the "High Water Mark" at the Gettysburg National Military Park.  In the distance you can see the Pennsylvania Memorial.  It is the largest memorial in the park -- August 3, 2016

A view of the Gettysburg National Military Park from the top of Little Round Top -- August 3, 2016

From the vantage point of Little Round Top you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and to the south.  You can also get a great view of Devil's Den -- August 3, 2016

The statue of Gouvernour K. Warren stands watch on top of Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -- August 3, 2016


Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- August 15, 2016



The only thing that changes once school begins is the head gear!  Life is a journey...not a destination.