Friday, January 6, 2017


I'm probably the most focused when I'm on my bicycle.  Still, even when I'm turning the pedals, MY FASCINATION WITH SQUIRRELS often pulls my attention towards unexpected roadside attractions.  It's okay...I don't ride for KOMs (that's "King Of The Mountain" for those non-STRAVA people out there)...I ride because it's a passion and I want to have fun.  Pausing to investigate all the stuff which is often easily missed by those who fly past it the highway allows me the opportunity to get engage my inner-nerd, enhance my ride, feed my passion, and add to my enjoyment. 

So, in no particular order, here are just a few of the super kool (and sometimes completely unexpected things) I've come across on my many bicycle breaks.  Enjoy!

You'll find this grave of an unknown Confederate soldier along the Susquehanna River in York County, Pennsylvania just north or Wrightsville.  The solder would have been a member of Jubal Early's division and was killed just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg -- April 6, 2014

It's impossible to miss this monster size quarter along the highway near the town of Everett, Pennsylvania -- September 20, 2014

The Tin Man sits and contemplates life across the street from the Strand Capitol Theater in York, Pennsylvania -- September 5, 2016

This amazing mural depicting a young George Washington serving in the French & Indian War is located on Pitt Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania -- September 20, 2014

Alex and David Raymond next to Codorus of the best preserved iron furnaces in Pennsylvania.  It is located in York County along the Codorus Creek -- June 20, 2014

I had to take this pic of the bison along side the road near York Haven, Pennsylvania for two reasons:  1. the Bison was my high school mascot and 2. I was, that particular week, teaching about the destruction of the North American buffalo herds in my history class -- June 8, 2014

This random historical marker is dedicated to Gifford Pinchot, the 28th governor of Pennsylvania serving from 1923-1927 and then again from 1931-1935.  It is located on the northern end of Bull Road in York County -- November 8, 2015

Taking a bicycle break at the Coffee Pot on West Pitt Street in Bedford,  Pennsylvania with my son, Alex -- July 4, 2014

This 17th century Spanish anchor is located near Jupiter Inlet in Florida -- December 2, 2015

Sachs Covered Bridge is located just west of the Gettysburg National Military Park -- August 3, 2016

You can't go wrong riding along rural Route 30 in Bedford County! -- July 10, 2015

Penn Common is located in the center of York, Pennsylvania.  The park has served many uses throughout it's history including being used as a camp for Revolutionary War soldiers and a hospital for Union soldiers in the Civil War -- August 30, 2015

Apparently, there was a Battle of Hanover.  Who knew?  Not I...and I teach this stuff...which makes this all the more interesting to me! -- October 18, 2015

The Gate on the the north side of St. Augustine, Florida...the oldest European settlement in North America.  So super kool -- November 29, 2015

You can ride (or carry your bike through) this tunnel to get to the other side of Interstate 83 in north York -- October 8, 2016

If you ride through York City you will find this motorcycle artwork along North George Street -- September 2014

Taking a ride to the light house in Cape May, New Jersey with my wife, Robin -- April 11, 2015

If George Washington slept here...I'm getting a picture taken here!  The Espy House in Bedford, Pennyslvania served as President Washington's headquarters during the Whiskey Rebellion -- July 4, 2014

This Gazebo, which for some reason now sits in Reservoir Park located in York, Pennsylvania was a gift by the Chinese government to the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition -- September 5, 2016

This reconstruction of Fort Bedford is located alongside the Raystown branch of the Juniata River in Bedford, PA -- September 21, 2014

The Marquis de Lafayette permanently raises his glass to General Washington outside of the Gates House in York, Pennsylvania -- September 5, 2016

The Bedford Springs Hotel once served as the summer White House for James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States -- July 6, 2016

It is nearly impossible for a passer by to miss the Haines Shoe House located near Route 30 east of York -- August 15, 2016

Mark and I took a bike through Wrightsville, PA  to see the swollen and flooded Susquehanna River -- March 12, 2011

Living in York County means living in the shadow of Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  The best view is from the top of the hill near Haring's Tree Farm in York Haven, PA -- August 7, 2015

If I see a blue Pennsylvania historical marker I have to stop and channel my inner-nerd!  This one is located on East Pitt Street coming into the town of Bedford, Pennsylvania -- July 4, 2014

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- January 6, 2017

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Now I'm getting geeky...what a cool bike ride through Philadelphia and to the top of the steps of Art Museum.  There I saw the Chuck Taylor footprints of Rocky! -- September 2009

A  list of my GARMIN maps and stats from a few of the rides featured in this post: