July 2013 Edition
Updated July 1
Upcoming Events


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Bike Russell to North Warren

Wednesday, July 2

Meet at the Russell Post Office at 5:30 p.m. Bike Big Four Road to Dairy Queen in N. Warren and return. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331.


Hike Gerard Trail at Oil Creek State Park

Sunday, July 6

This from the Drake Well to the Broughton Historic Site Loop. A 5-mile hike with lots of variety; forest trail, marshy area, swinging bridge, maintenance road, grassy trails and the Drake Well Park. Meet at the parking lot at the Bicycle Trail Head near Drake Well Museum, Titusville at 2:00 p.m. (See map here) Leader: Charlene James, (home)814-463-7394 (cell)814-516-6595.


Hike the North Country Trail, Minister Road to FR 179 to Bull Hill Road

Sunday, July 13

4.0 miles. Meet at Howe’s True Value at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Jim Houghtling, 814-723-1654.


Bike Jamestown Audubon Center to Frewsburg and back via Route 62

Wednesday, July 16

Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Audubon Center. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331.


Hike Chautauqua Gorge

Friday, July 18

This hike will involve walking over rocks and in water – wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the Jamestown Park and Ride at 1:00 p.m. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.


Bike ride, eat fish and wade in Brokenstraw Creek

Friday, July 25

A 15-mile round trip, Youngsville to Garland on back roads. Eat at Double-Ds. Return to Youngsville for cooling off in Brokenstraw. Meet at Youngsville Elementary School at 11:00 a.m. Leader: Jonella Roundtree, 864-554-6463.


Kayak the Allegheny River from Buckaloons to Bimber Corners

Sunday, July 27

Meet at the entrance to Buckaloons Recreation Area on irvine Road at 1:30 p.m. (See map here.) Leaders: Kathy Moore, 814-688-5612; Linda and Earl Ross, 814-726-3920.




AOC Group Hike and Bicycle the Delaware Canal Area

Canal BikersJohn Young, our club president, has been making trips to the Philadelphia Area gathering data for a hiking guide. Debra Young and Keith Miller have been helping with the GPS while John keeps voice records on his recorder. Others of us came along to hike with John or to bicycle the trails on either side of the Delaware River.

The Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey has abandoned canals on both sides. The tow paths have been converted to trails that are excellent for bicycling. State park services in park services on both sides maintain parks with locks, viaducts, covered bridges and other interesting points of interest from previous eras. From the trails bikers can see canoes, kayaks, motor boats and tubes (See the page banner above.) filled with vacationers enjoying the water.

Just north of Philadelphia is the spot where HeronGeorge Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware in winter to surprise the Hessian soldiers fighting for the British at Trenton. The site is now a park on both sides of the river. Restored houses, replicas of the boats used and a visitor's center work together to tell the story. There are also hiking trails and the canals with their bike trails pass through.