Westward 2016

After traveling to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Days I headed back to New York for a bit. I had a real nice time just relaxing and chilling with my girl. But the itch to ride needed a good scratching. The big question…where to go?

I debated on many routes. I was swaying toward a southbound journey. I think having had two blow outs and being hit by a truck in March, I was yearning for an easy ride. The Blue Ridge would certainly provide that. The weather however was not cooperating with my time frame. So I decided it was Westward I would go.

Here you see his and hers bikes. Unfortunately Jillian’s bike was not equipped for the journey ahead, so we said farewell again.

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I crossed the George Washington Bridge and headed north. There were big storms due west, so I figured I could go up and around them.

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I love Love’s

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I rode north until I was above Pennsylvania, then headed west across New York State. In Jasper is this old diner called the Wigwam. It has also been a service station and now hosts the local historical society.

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In the parking lot of the Corning Glass museum was this jacked up 53 Studebaker. I wasn’t going to the museum. I was lost and had to turn around and there was this beautiful ride.

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Two interesting historical markers depict a French settlement and some typical native american abuses of the time.

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I got to Allegany State Park later than expected. It was dark already. I reserved this site as it was the weekend. Being dark, I did not notice I was setting up just below a ravine. It was the only level area. Nor did I know the morning would bring rain. Plenty of rain. It poured like a small river right toward my tent. When I touched the floor of my tent it felt just like it does when you smack a waterbed. But everything stayed dry inside.

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I napped out for the few hours while the rain poured and packed up when it passed.The Red House Area in this park is named after this house used as the park’s Administrative Building.

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There was old music piping out of a flea market next to the gas station in Frewsburg. I went in to have a look. It was one of those hodgepodge buildings where various people had sections to sell their goods. The music came from an old jukebox collector.

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I road along the Allegheny River on and off for many miles.

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I flew through Ohio. Got wet a couple times but no biggie. I have photographed this house before on Route 244. 244 is one of the few nice two lane highways headed west in these parts, so I’ve taken it a few times.

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I came across this stack of bugs in Indiana.

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Then I went to Auburn, Indiana. Home of the original Auburn factory. Now it is home to the Auburn, Cord and Dussenburg Museum.

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The showroom is as I imagine it would have been back in the days of splendor.

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Upstairs they have immaculate vehicles other than the museum’s namesake.

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Besides giving credit to the folks for driving these amazing Indy cars, I now know the credit they deserve just for climbing in and out of them.

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And the one bike in the museum was this vintage BSA.

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Behind the Auburn museum in the old showroom and offices is another museum located in the old Auburn factory. This is the National Automobile and Truck Museum. There is a fine collection inside presenting all sorts of vehicles.

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Including Auburns and Cords.

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This is how that 53 Studebaker I saw in NY State looks stock. And pink.

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Many shows and museums may have a car that looks like the General Lee, but this one was actually used in the TV show.

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After leaving the museum I was riding by City Hall in Auburn when I had to stop for this 4 wheeled Triumph. What a beauty!

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I highly recommend visiting the museum in Auburn. The collection was more vast and pristine than I could have imagined. From Auburn I continued Westward. More to come…

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3 Responses to “Westward 2016”

  1. Pat Barnes Says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you on the new oddessy. Headed to Sturgis again?

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