A Day at the Amish Auction
Be it the "Mud Sales" or in this case the largest Amish Auction in the area; every year all over Lancaster County we have the auctions. The "Mud Sales" mostly are to raise funds for the local
volunteer fire departments. Mud Sales get the name from the thawing ground in late winter and early
spring. You do often slosh through the mud to stand and buy. Although many of these Mud Sales are
somewhat small, there are the huge events that can bring in close to 20,000. Most all these events
offer up local hand made items, hand made quilts, various crafts, furniture, antiques, produce, plants
baked goods, buggies, and wagons. You name it and it may be up next for your bid.
At the auctions and mud sales the "English" and the Amish mingle together looking for "that" buy.
Best time to catch a mud sale is on Saturday usually beginning in late February and running until
June. Get there early because they start a 8AM.
At all the sales you will encounter some great eats! Be sure to sample the hand made and hearty farm
fare. One of my favorites is a cup of coffee and a Pennsylvania Dutch sticky bun. Later perhaps a
cup of a local staple = chicken corn soup, followed by a funnel cake! May not buy anything; but always
So next time you are looking for a ride; try a day in Lancaster,PA for an old fashioned mud sale or
Amish auction. Great fun. Great eats. Just keep an eye out for the buggies on the road.
As stated in the pre-seeding post; I had planned a nice ride. First up to Americade then on into
Vermont, New Hampshire and then Bar Harbor, Maine where I had a job to shoot. Well, it cancelled.
"Stuff" does indeed happen; but all ended well. Thanks again to Mark and Doug!
Prior to my departure from Lake George I did attend the commercial exhibits. I mean we always
can buy more stuff for the ride. Met some wonderful folks ate at the German Wurst Haus again, always good. Had the Bratwust smothered in kraut and peppers!
The commercial exhibits had everything you would expect at a large bike rally. From bags and goodies
to leather and pin striping.
Didn't do a lot of riding. Was there for only two days. Did ride up 9N along the lake. Stopped for the views along the way. Plesent little town, Bolton. Where you will find a memorial to the soldiers of
World War I - Present.
From Bolton continue north where you will find good sweeping turns and some twisties. Speed limit is
55 and although you can exceed that for the "thrill" of the ride, I wouldn't. At one of the wide spots in
the road you zipped passed Mark of ROADPICS.COM. Be sure to check out your photos at his website:
9N is a beautiful ride. Here are some sights along the way
The photo of the church above was taken at the Silver Bay YMCA look for it just a couple of miles north of the turn out also above. Your ext is at Silver Bay Road on the right, Beautiful place to visit with wonderful architecture.
Silver Bay YMCA was established in 1900. There are many fine examples of Adirondack architecture.
If you packed a lunch it is a great place to sit back in one of the classic chairs and enjoy a break from the ride.
After the day in the saddle I returned to Lake George Village for dinner. One of the finest places is the Tamarack Inn. This fine dinning house was purchased in 1964 by Joseph and Jeanne Ferrone and has been a family business since. Your hosts now are John and Joelle and they serve up a fine array of culinary delights from the simple pancakes for breakfast to what I had for dinner - wonderful Prime Rib. Tamarack Inn is located at the north end of the village on the right.
Arose the following morning to visit the commercial exhibits with first an early stop at the Prospect Mt Diner. If you don't want to wait around for a table, get there early!
I have ridden some of the many roads in the area. Taken a couple of the fine tours Americade hosts.
This time I only had time for a short run; and I chose to ride 9N and 8. For some fine twisties take
a run on Route 8. Be careful for there are lots of houses in the area.
See You Down The Road
Hope For The Future
The World has problems. Our Republic has problems. We know that; however I found hope for us all. Let me explain.
Attending Americade as my first stop on what was to be a great ride; a ride from Lake George to
Vermont and on to New Hampshire. Then to Bar Harbor and the Acadia NationalPark. After that down to Mystic Seaport.
Then a calamity befell me . While shooting photos and video for this blog, my IPhone fell from my jacket. Didn't notice until I reached for it at Fort Ticonderoga. I searched to no avail. Stopped and asked a fellow if he had seen a phone. His reply was no. Rather then simply saying no, he stepped up and offed to help look for it. Together we again did a through search. Then he had the idea of calling my phone - it rang. Good news for it wasn't bashed on the highway. But no luck in locating. Asked if I had the App: Find My IPhone. no was my reply. I mean, I never would lose my phone! Do you have insurance? No. I never lose my phone.
Mark Green is the name of the man that was so kind and helpful. Mark, also a biker, gave up an hour of his time to help. Thank you again Mark. I was impressed to find a fellow to give up his time and to give of his self to help.
Alas, as I traced my ride all the way back to Lake George looking along the highway. No luck.
without communication, no choice but return home.
I had been riding since 9:00am. Got home at 10:15. Long day in the saddle.
The following morning bought another phone.
Upon returning home from the store, Lynn, told me a guy called and said he had found my phone!
TWO. Two honest and moral good men - bikers - stepped up to help.
Doug Senstemecher stopped at the falls in Ticonderoga. Looked down and there was my phone in the grass. Like I said, fell from my pocket, hit the grass and I didn't hear it hit. Mark Greens phone number was there, Doug called it and Mark told him the story.
So in our daily routine, when we become frustrated with that person or the other, let us remember -
there are good and kind people out there.
Thanks Mark! Thanks Doug!
I will pay it forward.
Another gentlemen is the fellow that shot the photo above. Perhaps you all noticed him along 9N
shooting photos of us as we passed. Since I had stopped to chat earlier with him; stopped again to see if it had dropped there. I got home to find the photo above. He sent it to ease my loss. Nice gesture. Be sure to visit Marks website and find you photo. As you can see he does a fine job in catching us riding.
See You Down The Road
Ride to World War Two
Short ride; but a long reach back into history. If in town I go up to Reading every other year. Where ever you are should you look for an excuse to ride, be it from the California Coast to just down the block, MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM produces one of the finest air shows in the Country. They always have a significant array of "warbirds." Add to the flying, the World War II re enactors present the life and times of what it was like for the troops. This year all theaters were represented - American, British, Chinese, Japanese, Russian. These guys and gals put a tremendous amount of labor in setting up the experience for us to enjoy. Not only the uniforms, but the weapons, the encampments, the armor. Hardy thank you for a job well done!
Pilot waiting for the mission. Airplane is a F4 Wildcat.
M4 Sherman Tank supporting the infantry in an assault on an airfield.
FiFi was there again. The only flying B-29; however there is another B-29 - "Doc" is just about done and would it be grand if next year both would fly together at the show!
P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair
Japanse Kate Torpedo plane Curtis P-40 Flying Tiger F4U Corsair
Again the Mosquito
Tools of the trade
Personal items Harley Davidson Pilot mission read F4U Corsair
Although not a true Tiger, this one stared in the movie SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. It is a composite made on the chassis of a Panzer 4.
Looking for Roy and Trigger
So when visiting a my buddy Joe, who lives in Banning he suggested we ride out to Pioneertown. From Banning California, or Palm Springs it is an easy ride of less then an hour. On Highway 10, turn East on Highway 62. All highway, Once you are in the town of Morongo hang a left at Pioneertown Road and go up the hill to be transported back to a "cowboy town"
Just a word of caution sometimes you can experience winds on Highway 10 and 62 that can blow your
As the bronze plaque says:: " Pioneertown was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood personalities led by cowboy actors Dick Curtis and Russell Hayden as a permanent 1880's town for filming Western movies. On September 1, 1946 Roy Rodgers broke ground for the first buildings, assisted by the sons of the pioneers from whom the town takes its name. Over 200 movies and TV serials were filmed here
as were an unknown number of background shots for other productions. TV westerns including the Gene Autry Show Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, and adventures of Judge Roy Bean were filmed here......
Today maine street still retains its old west image.The Pioneertown post office is sad to be the most photographed post office in the entire United States."
More reminiscing of a very wonderful childhood sometimes in front of this "new" thing called a TV:
If you have been reading this for awhile now; you read the mention of two great airshows. Well
WARBIRDS OVER THE BEACH was rained out for the most part and I decided not to go this year.
Perhaps I will post some photos of years past. At any rate this weekend June 3, 4 and 5 is the big
WORD WAR II airshow at Reading; annnnnd yes... rain on Friday; but Saturday and Sunday looks
good for a ride.
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