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Bike Little Toby Creek Trail
Sunday, August 10
Ridgway to Brockway; 38 miles round-trip. Meet at Howe’s True Value at 1:00 p.m. or the Ridgway trailhead at 2:00. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.
Bike Scandia to Russell
Wednesday, August 13
Meet at Russell Post Office at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle bikes to Scandia, ride Scandia Road to Hatch Run and back to Russell. on Big Four Road. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331.
Kayak and/or Bike at Findley Lake
Saturday, August 23
An easy five-mile bike ride around the lake. Pretty lake and area for kayaking. Shops to visit. Lunch at nearby restaurant. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cindy and Keith’s house. Leader: Cathy Moore, 814-688-5612.
Bike Starbrick to Garland, Youngsville and Return
Friday, August 29
Meet at Jones Chevrolet, intersection of Yankee Bush Road and Route 6 in Starbrick, at 9:00 a.m. Ride back roads to Garland, PA, then back to Youngsville, PA for lunch at Richards. Return to Starbrick. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331.
AOC Visits Jim Scott's Museum of Auto Racing
Jonella's bike ride to Garland included stops to see some history. The first was a cemetary at the edge of town that included the graves of veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Cindy Miller told about the White Family buried there to which she is related. After lunch on the porch of a local restaurant the group went over to a museum owned by a local car racing hero. Jim Scott walked us through his "museum in progress" explaining the things on display and telling stories of his days of building and racing cars. That is Jim in the red and white ball cap as he tells of racing at the nearby State Line Race Track as well as at Daytona Beach, Talladega and other major race tracks.
AOC Group Hike and Bicycle the Delaware Canal Area
John 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 George 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.