Sister's Ride; Springfield to Pennsylvania

July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Our stop in Springfield was beyond what I could have imagined. We visited the Springfield Museums and got to see a 1916 Indian with Power Plus engine the exact bikes the Sister’s rode. We then were escorted to Westover Air Force base and got up close to a C5.  I’m still in shock I got to board this aircraft. 

We woke early and were treated with a police escort out of Springfield, guess they had enough of us in their town. Riding west we stopped at Jacob’s Ladder, a stop the Van Buren Sister’s made on their journey.  Jacob's Ladder Trail was officially opened in September, 1910  It was the first road to cross the Berkshire mountain range built specifically for the growing number of automobiles. On that day, rocks that had been brought from their homes by dignitaries and visiting motorists were placed in a pile at the site of the celebration, beginning a tradition that resulted in the cairn that now marks the summit. I watched several of our riders place personal stones at the site today to honor that tradition. We imagined what Adeline and Augusta would have left behind when they stopped. The ride through New York was gorgeous, we found several cool side of the road attractions to visit. Including the Partridge Family Bus! (pretty sure this is not the original one, but fun regardless.)  

Dipping down into Pennsylvania we will ride Route 6 west tomorrow and stop in Punxsutawney to visit a little groundhog before making more tracks west. 

 


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