|Early morning sun rising over the parking lots in North York -- September 7, 2015|
I decided to get up early on this Labor Day to get my ride in. Two years ago, as a Christmas gift, my lovely wife, Robin, promised me trip to Lancaster, PA to visit Wheatland, the home of our 15th president, James Buchanan. Well, today I took her up on it. Our tour started at 10 AM so I had to be back from my ride by 8:15.
|All Trails led me to this Friendly's ice cream truck today -- September 7, 2015|
Leaving the house I had a pretty ambitious ride in mind. Once the reality of my time frame hit me I adapted my plans and managed to get a really fun (and nerdy) ride in. I originally wanted to head out towards Indian Rock Dam...and to do that I needed to pass though West York. I decided to take the Susquehanna Trail almost all the way to Rt. 30. I cut through some shopping center parking lots which were empty with the exception of an ice cream truck making a delivery to the Rt. 30 Friendly's. Once out of West York, and knowing that Indian Rock Dam was out of the question, I doubled back towards the city and behind York College of Pennsylvania.
|Codorus Creek looking north from College Avenue -- September 7, 2015|
Moving towards the city I turned onto College Avenue and crossed the Codorus Creek. I took a moment to check out the view. It was a perspective of the creek, and of the city, that I don't think I've ever seen. Looping around Penn Common, and then zigzagging my way through York City, I ended up near First Presbyterian Church on East Market Street.
|First Presbyterian Church in York, PA -- Septermber 7, 2015|
Buried on the church grounds is James Smith, signer of the Declaration of Independence. In the 1760s Smith emerged as a leader of colonial rights. In 1776 he was appointed to the Second Continental Congress which was meeting in Philadelphia. He served in the congress for two years.
|Grave marker for James Smith, signer of the Declaration of Independence -- September 7, 2015|
|Pennsylvania Historical Marker outside of First Presbyterian on East Market Street in York, PA -- September 7, 2015|
My trip home was literally a straight line down George Street into Manchester. I got home just in time to leave with my incredible wife, Robin, for President Buchanan's house in Lancaster. I can't think of a more perfect day. Time with my wife...time getting my "nerd" on...and time with my bike. Yep...perfect.
|Robin and David Raymond at Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan -- September 7, 2015|
Life is a journey, not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- September 7, 2015