Niagara Falls to Lock Haven, Sunday, 26 August 2012, Day 83

Kinzua National Park

On the road again it’s hot again last drive past the fall’s and heading for the USA again. Big queues at the border but no problem getting back in except that the custom guy did not have available box to tick for the Netherlands for where the bike had come from so it went down as Mexican and other. Plan is to try to get to Washington DC in 2 day riding even with all my going of in the wrong directions it should be doable. I could not do a road trip of the US without picking up the nation capital. So the first hurdle was to get it into my GPS.

Washington, D.C., formerly the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the Residence Act approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country’s East Coast. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.

What state is Washington DC in as that is what the GPS needs to know but try telling the above to it and it will not have it I finally figured out how to put it in 🙂

So Butch 🙂

Quite an uneventful put pleasant day I stopped at the Zippo factory in Bradford Pennsylvania which was interesting and there I picked up a map which had some scenic routes in the State so decided to follow one of them as long as I was heading in a South easterly direction and I was moving closer to Washington DC.

Zippo Factory Bradford PN

That is the theory but in reality I probably added loads of extra miles but who cares when the miles are interesting. I found an interesting State park called Kinzua where there used to be a huge steel railway bridge across a valley but this was blown over by a tornado in 2003 so what is left they have turned into a walkway where you can walk out over the valley with really cool and great views. Not for the vertigo sufferers.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Later following one of the scenic routes it had started to cool down and the wind had picked up which was nice as it had been hot all day but when this happens it normally means it is going to rain. It was late so I was going to call it a day and was already looking for cheap motels of which there where not many around. I had just checked out one but to expensive for my budget so I said no thanks and hit the road again just then it began to spit oops regretting my decision already then the skies opened and it absolutely chucked it down before I knew could not see a thing water everywhere soaked to the skin finally I was able to pull of the road (not easy in the US) into a lay by and took shelter in a smelly invalids porter loo. It was dry and only shelter I could find to pull on my waterproof’s which was pointless really as I was already soaked to the skin but it was still pissing down hard. So after a nice day riding last hours in the wet I finally found a motel not many around here and it was more expensive than the one I had declined earlier but I was wet and knackered so bollocks to the budget. Dinner tonight something nuked (Microwaved) from Wal-Mart and because I was wet I decided a treat was needed so a whole chocolate Swiss Roll and again trying and failing to get this blog up to date as I keep finding other things more interesting to do.

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