Lovely PA

We’ve spent the last couple of days in lovely Bucks County, PA, mostly in-and-around the charming little town of Doylestown. The area is oozing with history, the architecture is absolutely stunning, and the people have been warm and friendly; it’s a wonderful place to ride bikes and snap photos. The absence of CA-style sprawl and strip malls has been sooo refreshing. We have to say goodbye this evening, but we hope to return someday and explore the area in more depth.

11 Responses to “Lovely PA”

  • Thom says:

    That’s exactly where my mom’s side of the family is from! Little town called Penn’s Park. Never been there, but I’d love to go.

  • mike says:

    Spent about 6 months living and working in the neighborhood. W
    Was pre bike rediscovery for me – and I was living out of my tent and truck doing barn restoration work. Truly a nice place to visit and ride. Glad you had fun!

  • Geoff says:

    If you’re still hanging out there in the East, try to get over to Amish country around Intercourse, PA, visit a few covered bridges, and try to meet some of the folks on the Amish farms, who have been living well without electricity or cars for generations. It’s rather inspiring. Also, the food’s great around there !! Everything’s “home-made.” And the sweet corn this time of year is fabulous. You can eat it raw, right out of the field.

  • Random Ray says:

    Geez , If I had know you were visiting my neighborhood we could have gone on a little tour . It looks like you stopped at Henry Mercer’s home at Fonthill . Did you stop next door a the tile works ? Did you check out his old tool museum , the seven story castle by the Michener Museum ? The kids favorite tool is the vampire hunting kit ” really ” or was it the gallows ? My favorite tour is going by where James Michener grew up , by Margret Mead’s house , with a stop at the Polish National Shrine of Czestochowa ” festival this weekend ” then past the Pearl S Buck house then over to the river to New Hope and past the George Nakashima Furniture shop to Washington’s Crossing State Park . Have nice lunch then back to Doylestown by way of two covered bridges and past the Hammerstein Mansion ” of Rogers and Hammerstein ” and then have dinner at a restaurant with a ghost . It’s my historical tour and only about 35 miles total I think . We also have a world famous ” at least in Doylestown ” gravity hill where you can coast your bicycle up hill that’s also very close to a pre Civil War church for escaped slaves . An interesting area and believe it or not it is getting much more build up then just ten years ago.

  • slo joe recumbo says:

    Alan, beautiful photo and enjoy that part of PA. As someone said, make sure you get to Amish country.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks everyone! I wish we would’ve had time to get over to Amish country, but we were on an extremely tight schedule to get a catalog full of bikes photographed in two days (and between thunderstorms… LOL).

    Ray, that sounds like a wonderful tour! I’ll be sure to look you up when we make it back there again.

    Best regards,

  • Random Ray says:

    Running the ride thru my head again it’s more like 60 miles . And Amish country is a very nice trip . Remember if you get bored with all that stuff there’s tons of things to do in Philly . Gotta get a cheese steak . Don’t forget Liberty Place . I’m sounding like a travel agent here . ;-)

  • Jeff says:

    It was nice meeting you guys out at the train stop in Doylestown. I hope the rest of your trip went well. Your photos are amazing!

  • Alan says:

    Hi Jeff,

    It was a pleasure meeting you as well! We really enjoyed the area and we hope to make it back there again sometime (maybe next year).

    All the best-
    Alan & Michael

    PS – I’m sorry if I seemed a little distracted – I was trying to get in a few good shots before the rain let loose again.

  • randomray says:

    Hey , Alan are you going to do an endless winter contest ? I just took a picture of my Bianchi standing in a drift with Fonthill in the background . Not as good as your photos but kind of cool .

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