Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Leaves on Wheels

31 Oct: Dewey Beach, DE: Happy Birthday Bro Dean!!! Its a stellar day; we had a marvelous ride from Philly to bring Dean his birthday gift in person, a hug and kiss; Ron gave the hug saying Janina would give him the kiss. The fall foliage was vivid once we reached Delaware; a working lunch with John Tepe in Wilmington at Janssen's Market was very good; the temperatures cooled off closer to Dover, DE. We enjoyed a great fish dinner at Big Fish Restaurant and a tour of Dean and Janina's charming new home.
30 Oct: Indian summer in Philadelphia: the weather is glorious. We didn't need jackets on the ride to meet Herb and Zofia for lunch at Scoogi's. Philadelphia's iconic old stone barns and picturesque farms provide great pleasure.
29 Oct: Appointments at the seminary to work with John T. on the SCS FF applications and Ken P for Volume 7. Working Lunch included Jim Z. The old oak tree, once sitting at the entrance to the Brossman Center, was cut down and had tree doctor determine age of 325 years old. George Washington once camped on this hill at the Battle to Germantown. Dinner tonight was with MIT friend Eric C. At his Penthouse apartment on Rittenhiuse Square (once owned by Katherine Hepburn). The other delightful dinner guests are historians and archivists. The experience of riding downtown on Saturday night was surreal. A big Halloween party was going on for blocks with all sorts of creatures out and about. The weirdest ones were not in costume. The bike was parked several blocks away in a very old neighborhood. Photos are from the penthouse patio:
28 Oct: 40 degrees, but sunny, riding to the seminary archives to work. Lunch at McMenamins with the archivist John P. We met new best friends at Scoogi's; two very delightful ladies were willing to join us for dinner and listen to our stories. They thought a movie should be made about us suggesting Meryl Streep to play Cynthia - and Clint Eastwood for Ron if only he was not so old! P When we return to Philadelphia we will invite them to dine with us again. Oh what fun!
27 Oct: Morning temperature was again 37 degrees with a real feel of 33. Ron rode to the Archives alone while Cynthia worked on SCS projects in a cozy, warm hotel room; new Hoka One shoes arrived in time for trial on the treadmill. Life and Forefather Membership applications were completed for all family members. Sister Carol was approved for Life Membership with Forefather status, too, making our family a powerhouse takeover! EllaRuth congratulated Ron on inheriting 11 grandchildren.
26 Oct: The temperature is 37 degrees making it very cool for the ride to the Archives. We have stayed north too long. After morning archival work Sally W. arrived for a tour of the museum followed by lunch at McMenamin's with Joel G. Ron is making progress discovering the meanings of cryptic source markings on family group sheets.
25 Oct: Hotel guests and wait staff are quite amused by our newlywed behavior. Ron explained to a nearby breakfast diner, "We have been married five years, five months and 13 days; marrying at our age gives certainty to living happily ever after." We managed a short walk to the mall in a pleasant 55 degree weather; Ron continued on to work in the Archives while Cynthia worked on the MAC in the hotel room doing SCS DNA research and upgrading to Version 11 of Reunion for the MAC.
24 Oct: Archives at the Lutheran Seminary for another day of archival research. We lunched with Kim-Eric at McMenamin's - dinner at Scoogi's with Kim and Jim Z. Re: the archives. The temperature is supposed to increase the remainder of this week.
23 Oct - 31 Oct : Plymouth Meeting; we will leave here a week from Monday to visit brother Dean and wife Janina in Lewes, Delaware. We had a marvelous brunch with Jean C. at Scoogi's in Flourtown.
22 Oct: Plymouth Meeting, PA, Archives; some vital books are missing from the archives along with a backup hard drive. On to McMenimins with Jim Z - then home to Smooch Smooch - followed by dinner at Kim-Eric's new home in Exton, PA. Life is good except for the traffic! It is raining Harry Potter: the streets are jammed with major Harry Potter gatherings.
21 Oct: O what a beautiful morning. My goodness, it's Friday already. Time is flying fast. We are off to the archives for a day of archival work with fun friends for lunch at McMenamin's and dinner at Scoogi's. A cool front is approaching with wet stuff.
20 Oct: Philly for two Weeks: Breakfasts at the Doubletree are majorly delicious; the delightful dining room manager spends time sharing his pride that his only daughter graduated from Harvard with a degree in neuroscience. The Swedish Colonial Society meeting this afternoon was at Gloria Dei Church (where we married), and dinner tonight with John, Emily and Kim on the ship Moshulu (where we had the wedding morning after brunch). Cynthia and Kim-Eric enjoyed deep discussions about church polity.
19 Oct: Mt. Airy, PA: Lutheran Theological Seminary working with John T., Kim-Eric and Bev W.; Kim gave us a tour of the new Swedish Museum where we were astounded to see our wedding photo sitting in front of Ron's books. Cynthia donated her wedding dress, but it is not yet on display. We enjoyed a delightful lunch at McMenimin's Tavern where everyone Skoled with Hefeweisen ale. It was a Great day with good friends. The fire alarm sounded with a call to evacuate the hotel by walking down stairs. By the time we reached the lobby the danger was over so we boogied back by elevator.
18 Oct: jessup, MD: Bob's BMW 12,000 mile service, two new tires and a few misc checks. We stayed at a Quality Inn last night within walking distance to the cycle shop; this morning an altercation broke out in the breakfast room between some guests (looked like druggies) Oh well. We walked the 1.1 mile to Bob's and We enjoyed a test ride on an F700 today. MY Gawd, it seems like a tiny toy. I will go for a second, solo ride to see what more I think about it. Cynthia felt unsettling vibration and felt insecure without a top case to lean against. I advised her to hold on tight, so I thoroughly enjoyed the missing top case. Bob's has a loaner R1200RS that might work well, but it was loaned out today. Apparently they also have a loaner F800GS that will be worth riding, maybe later if the service takes longer than anticipated. After service we will ride to Philadelphia for two weeksof meetings and work in the Archives.
17 Oct: Departing Gaithersburg, MD for Jessup, MD after SCS meeting about DNA project. The bike was left at Bob's BMW for early morning service. Ron walked back to our hotel.
16 Oct; Gorgeous wedding. Full moon. Awesome evening. WooHoo!
15 Oct: oh my! The wedding rehearsal is over and the bride has jitters. We took a stroll around the lake after a light lunch. Tonight was the H ayride and campfire on the gorgeous Smokey Glen Farm. On another note: Our brother- in-law Dr. Robert Baker has a new book out titled Gravitational Waves with a Foreword by Dr. Buzz Aldrin: "Among other excellent discussions this book presents to me an entirely new concept in multiuniverses. Its Chapter 11 describes the osculation or ”kissing” of other universes with our Universe, not the largest scales of our Universe, at huge black holes or “worm holes,” but instead at the smallest scales where the so-called quantum-mechanical “frenzy” or “foam” exists."
14 Oct: Gaithersburg, MD and Mt. Airy, MD preparing for the wedding celebration. We enjoyed a great night with the bride and groom at their home and later dinner at Mt. Airy Tavern. This morning we enjoyed breakfast at IHop's. Our suite at the Courtyard Marriott in Gaithersburg is marvelous, overlooking a lake with duckies, geese and a great boardwalk to enjoy a walkity. Tonight's dinner with gathered guests was at Uncle Julio's.
13 Oct: Hagerstown, MD library, courthouse and historical society researching Ron's Sweeney's while Cynthia went to a spa; then on the road again to Mt. Airy, MD for the wedding festivities.
12 Oct: Scranton, PA to Hagerstown, MD. The Hilton Hotel in Scranton was very nice with a terrific breakfast. The ride with views of fall foliage kissed our eyes with joy! We arrived at the Hampton Inn near Hagerstown (out in the boonies) about 4PM. Happy Birthday Sweet 16 Zoe!
11 Oct: Killington, VT to Scranton, PA, arrival by 7:00 PM. Tiny fawn, three Hawks and a Smooch Smooch on the back who was disappointed because she looked short, round and thought three guys laughed at her.
10 Oct: Morning hike real feel was 38 degrees above zed. Ron, the trail maintenance man, was hard at work having too much fun. Tonight we pack. Tomorrow we ride!
9Oct: Killington, VT Hiking!
8 Oct: Milford, NH, the Pasta Loft once again served as the venue for MIT friends, Rick and Sherry, Irja and Mike, BD and Drew, Bob (without Rachel), Ed and Mary, and Robert L. The city was in the midst of the Pumpkin Festival so parking was at the high school with a shuttle downtown. The ride from Killington to Milford was 3 hours but the brilliant foliage was breathtaking. The good news is that we got back to Killington without rain or deer or moose in the roads. There was a fly by scare from a big bird that looked like a night flying hawk. I'd estimate that he missed my head by a good five feet. The roads were wet from Hanover to Woodstock, but no rain fell on our parade. It was chilly at 59 degrees, but last year I remember snow atop the motorcycle about this time. It is raining here now, so I hope you are all getting a little relief from the drought as well. From here we head south on Tuesday. Methinks that we will visit Beanie in Keene if Cynthia's raspy throat clears up. Otherwise we will probably go east first to look for New York color, then south into PA and MD. Cynthia will probably be rehearsing her sermon behind me the whole way.
7 Oct: Inn at Long Trail - Killington, VT, Breakfasts are fun, especially seeing Wanee and Maria. We hiked the Sherburne Pass Trail with Cynthia turning back at the sink hole, Ron turned back at the blocked pathway. Oke arrived with hugs. Owen said hi on the run. Ron rode a circuitous route to view foliage. The color is peak. Cynthia is working on the wedding ceremony.
6 Oct: Albany, NY to Killington, VT arriving at noon thirty feeling excited to be "home" at the Inn at Long Trail to hike and ride through New England's brilliant fall foliage. Two fun ladies from Wales took our pictures. Bob, Brogan, Murray and Patty hugged us royally.
5 Oct: Departing Coudersport, PA to Albany, NY. The ride through Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon was marvelous. Trying to find lunch in Sayre, PA was not.
4 Oct: Departing Novelty, Ohio towards Vermont. Leaves are turning as we watch. Walt and Pam had breakfast with us; Walt rode with us to the PA border where we rode on into the Allegheny National Forest. The foliage has grown increasingly brilliant from Warren, PA to Coudersport, PA. We saw our second eagle soaring overhead.
3 Oct: Novelty, Ohio enjoying camaraderie with MIT friend Walt and his lovely wife Pam. Marvelous breakfast at Cafe Michael's, dinner at M Italian in Chagrin, Ohio. We walked through the woods on their lovely farm.
2 Oct: Vermilion to Novelty, Ohio for a day with Pam snd Walt.
1 Oct. West Lafayette, Indiana to Sandusky, OH -- OOPS -- Vermilion, Ohio. Mostly we are happy to have avoided heavy rain hitting several showers instead. We bypassed Sandusky after not finding waterfront hotels or restaurants on Lake Erie; instead Sanduskyhotels are clumped together five blocks from the water looking all too crowded. We continued on toVermilion where Ron found a Holiday Inn Express with an exorbitant price; but they were almost sold out and we are tired.

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