Monday we barely made it to Pennsylvania.
Tuesday we couldn’t get through it.
In a valiant effort the Werling Boys made it through over 250 miles of the state as they “Did 6.” (The slogan for traveling U.S. 6 in Pennsylvania is “Do 6.”)
I was their road trip chauffeur as we started in Linesville, a small town on the state line between Ohio and the Keystone State. As with our first day, we didn’t leave our starting point for a couple hours. Linesville is home to the Pymatuning Lake, a man-made reservoir that also is home to the Pymatuning Spillway and State Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is much like the Castalia version for trout.
We stopped at both as the boys fed very large carp and very persistent ducks and geese at the Spillway. Our trip to the fish hatchery included a look at it’s very large aquarium, a couple identify-this-fish exhibits and a couple rounds of hide and seek. There weren’t many people at the hatchery on a Tuesday morning in Linesville.
We also made two stops at Ray’s Market Place and met owner David Ray. He bought the business from his father over a decade ago and the store’s free wifi was a help with us twice that morning.
From Linesville we traveled to Meadville and stopped at the Meadville Tribune. No one from the newsroom was available, but we did talk road trip with a woman working in the office. She gave us some pointers to Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Our next stop would be what I have looked forward to since researching what could be found along U.S. 6. Only I should have researched the Sprague Farm and Brew Works a little more as the business is only open Thursday through Sunday. Luckily there were a couple employees there and several people setting up for an upcoming wedding reception. We were given a tour of the facility and were told how the bar area was built with parts from the former mast of the reconstructed Brig Niagara.
The boys helped with preparing lights for the wedding reception in between a quick picnic lunch since the restaurant’s kitchen was closed.
One thing we learned today is Pennsylvanians love green steel bridges and wood-carved animals. We saw several of each along Tuesday’s route including a wood-carved Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Our trip included only one stop for ice cream as we stopped at the Country Pines ice cream shop for a hot dog and a sundae as a storm rolled through. We have been lucky so far with only a couple rain showers along the way.
The final stop along our crammed day was the Grand Canyon. Yes, the Grand Canyon. It may not be the first Grand Canyon you think of, but Pennyslvania has a Grand Canyon and while it may not be as epic as it’s Arizona cousin, the boys were very impressed by the view.
Our night ended in Towanda, Pa as the sun set on day two of the journey and we look to tackle the rest of Pennsylvania and sleep in New York State Wednesday night.
Watch Day 2 as it happens below
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