I decided to take the afternoon off on Friday so I could go for a long casual paced ride. The weather in Central PA was supposed to be sunny and 60. It was niether but definitely better then Saturday and Sunday which was raining. I decided to take pictures on this ride so I can share. I wanted to push for 50 miles even though I have only gone the longest 35 miles this season so far. The last 10 my quads were burning. I road from Pine Grove Mills, PA to Spruce Creek, PA and back.
There are several corn fields in the valley that have these big old oak trees in the middle. I am not sure why the farmers keep them there. This one is one of the larger ones and it seems like a pretty old tree and they always make for a god picture.
A closer pic of the same tree
My destination is the end of the mountains(some folks out west may call these hills) way off to the right.
Rt 45 West as it gets closer to Spruce Creek, PA.
The views of the mountains and gaps are a huge stress release not only while riding(no stress really) but from the work week as well.
The village of Spruce Creek, PA my final destination. It was mostly down hill with some rollers thrown in.
Spruce Creek. This is a world class fly fishing stream. World leaders have come to fly fish here. Jimmy Carter, and I think Gorbachev have fished here along with some others (so I hear).
Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church built 1892
The ride back home meanders through the center of the valley further away from the mountains and there weren't many photo opps with the overcast skies. Lots of cows with tags in their ears that will be coming to a table near you. This is a photo of Huntingdon Furnace. There are many of these through out the valley. These were used in the 1800s to melt down ore and turn it into iron.
The last one I snapped on the ride. Nice quiet, relaxing, desolate, back country road. It would be nice to find an endless one of these somewhere.