Two weeks ago, after all that rain, I went to see if there was any flooding–but I didn’t find much. I ended up in Cowans Gap State Park, near Mercersburg, PA, which was my boyhood vacation spot. If you haven’t ever been there, it’s well worth a visit. Very scenic, and free! I hadn’t been there for maybe 40 years and was pleased to see that it hadn’t changed a lot. (Looked a little smaller for some reason…)
Today’s trip began with a visit to Bob’s BMW–to pick up my F650CS after its annual service and new tires. With suitable caution regarding the new tires (complete with stickers), I set off for western Montgomery County, Maryland, to finish off the “Map 2” rustic roads identified in the county guide–including another opportunity to ford a for-real stream.
On my first trip, two weeks ago, I didn’t have time to see all of the best-sounding roads in western Montgomery County, Maryland. Naturally, I went back today to cover a lot of the others. Beautiful weather for riding, with only an occasional threatening cloud. Minimal traffic, and I only saw 25 deer … all in one field! When I went back for a picture, they had all stealthily disappeared. But I found the extraordinary Seneca Stone Mill lurking in the woods.
Yesterday I went out to Montgomery County, Maryland, and thoroughly enjoyed looking for abandoned buildings/houses/mills/etc. for a photo contest on the BMW F650 discussion board. There were a bunch of them, and I even recognized one place from my (first) childhood.
Last weekend I rode my faithful BMW F650CS out to the Antietam Battlefield area at Sharpsburg, Maryland–first to visit “Sharpsburg Arsenal,” which is a Civil War artifacts shop that also doubles as a museum, and then on to the Potomac River and other sites. Along the way, I stopped at the Kennedy Farm, which was the home of John Brown (of Harper’s Ferry fame) and his family. And I also found Dam No. 4 on the Potomac. Prior to this ride, I didn’t even know there were any dams on this river.
While waiting for a sufficiently warm day for a ride (i.e., above 35 degrees in my case), I started looking on the map for an interesting place to visit. I found Churchton, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, south of Annapolis and directly east of Upper Marlboro.
I assumed it would be an interesting old town, with a harbor and a good place for lunch. When I rode there on Sunday, however, as best I could tell it doesn’t even exist!
Jim Von Baden’s “One Special Picture” thread has prompted me to add another couple of shots from my ride on January 22. It was so great to have an opportunity to get out, after I’d put the F650CS away for the winter. Although it never got over 40 degrees, I bundled up and did okay, other than cold hands. Along the way, I discovered my all-time favorite abandoned house.
Here are a couple of Fall Color pictures, one from last weekend, three from earlier today. Hey, it’s pretty out there!
The latter trip was from Catonsville to Emmitsburg, Maryland by back roads. I had a reasonably decent lunch at “Palms” in downtown Emmitsburg, and by chance I ran into a high school friend whom I hadn’t seen in roughly 38 years!