Breakfast was included at Fern Hall so we filled up on cooked to order eggs and bacon, in addition to a fine continental breakfast. We were sated when we rolled out on the BMW K16, into a fine mist, which stayed with us most of the day, as we traveled route 6. Tall plumes of goldenrod and purple aster framed the country roads. The weather did not hinder our view of corn and soy fields, huge silos, red barns, cows and horses grazing on the rolling pastures.In the cool of the morning we rode out under blue skies and puffy white clouds to Colton Point State Park on the west rim of the Pine Creek Gorge. Up the mountain to the highest view point where we found ourselves alone to see mountains blanketed with green trees and a meandering creek far below.
|drive by under clear skies|
I was nice and toasty with my electric jacket and rain gear on. But when the Iron Skillet came into view and looked so welcoming and dry we stopped for a rest and some hot cocoa. We grabbed a window seat, and watched as the mist turn into a hard rain. We slowly sipped our cocoa. When we finished we could hardly believe that the rain stopped and by the time we arrived in Wellsboro the air was dry and sun bright as it descended into the west.We checked into the Penn Wells Hotel on Main Street, hung our rain gear to dry, peeled off a few layers, and walked out into the quaint old town, founded in 1806, for dinner.
We stood alone in awe knowing that a giant, icy, glacier cut the gorge. We took full deep breaths of mountain fresh air. Then we backtracked down the mountain, over the creek and back up the other side of the gorge to Leonard Harrison State Park, full of people, most likely due to the gift shop, and visitor center with a little museum. The museum exhibited information about local wild life and how in the 1930s the parks and facilities were reforested and constructed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp, under the leadership of Franklin D Roosevelt. We pondered the power of men and the power and beauty of nature until it was time to ride back to the Penn Wells, enjoy a cocktail and dinner in the hotel lounge, and rest up for the day trip home.