Carole and I biked the northern-most 15 miles of Pennsylvania's Heritage Rail Trail, from Glen Rock to York, PA and back. York was a thriving manufacturing center back in the day, and is still home to the York Barbell company - and the US Weightlifting Hall of Fame - who knew?
However, like many manufacturing cities in the US, York has been in serious decline over recent years. A beautiful rail trail that ends near the York Bus Station and a bunch of abandoned buildings. I mentioned this recently to someone who lives in York and she told me to bike up on a Saturday and be sure to check out the Central Market in York.
The 15 mile ride up was a piece of cake on a beautful day, and the Central Market was a fantastic place to visit. Dozens of food stalls, lots of farm stands and several small restaurants. I had a great turkey wrap with all freshly chopped ingredients at Lettus Know, while Carole had a gourmet grilled cheese and bacon sandwich with mushroom and bleu cheese soup from Simply Soup. While we weren't looking, some chocolate chip cookies and chocolate truffles escaped from Little Sister's Kitchen Confections and hid in the rack bag on my bike.
I also picked up a pound of mocha java coffee at the Take 5 coffee shop in the market, so I could act on the advice on a sign in their shop: "DRINK COFFEE! Do stupid things faster with much more energy!"
We were properly fueled up for the 15 mile ride back, but Carole learned why the Tour de France does not feature bacon in the food bags they hand out during the race. But a few gulps of the industrial strength water in the Codurus Creek perked her right up and we finished up the 30 mile round trip under cloudless skies on a beeyootiful September day.
The next day Carl and I hiked an old standby, a five mile loop in the Soldiers Delight shale barrens. Another gorgeous fall day, though I started it out by dumping a cup of Einstein Bagel coffee onto my lap - focusing all the energy to do stupid things in a not very useful area when doing a manly men hike...
Nothing much changes at Soldiers Delight - nice fall colors in the switch grass but very few of the trees have turned color yet. The chromite mines are still visible, harking back to the days when Maryland was a major source for chrome - decades before cars and bumpers came along and anyone needed any chrome, I suppose.