Thursday, May 24, 2007

Two Wheels Up and Beyond

This week the blog starts out close to home with the dedication of the Rock Run ATV Park and finishes up at the end of a 265 mile ride on 2 wheels.

State Rep. Gary Haluska welcomes dignitaries and the public at the dedication of the 6,000 acre Rock Run Recreation Area in the northern part of Cambria County near the towns of Hastings and Patton.

During the dedication ceremonies the ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts got a good look at the new Welcome Center.

The ribbon cutting ceremony.

Once the ribbon cutting was completed, bikes and ATVs headed out for a short tour of some of the more than 50 miles of trails at the park.

Dirt Biker

Dirt Biker

Trout fishing on the Chest Creek at Thomas Mills.

Armed Forces Day was celebrated at the James Van Zant VA Hospital in Altoona on Saturday the 19th. In the center of this picture are the names of two of my brother Marines who were with me when a Marine F-4 Phantom dropped napalm on the 2nd platoon of Fox Co., 2nd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment at 12:30 p.m. on August 6, 1968 in Quang Tri Province. To learn more about Fox 2/5 in Vietnam ask your librarian to get a copy of Battlelines. This coming weekend we will also mourn the passing of Darrell L. Trumble and Allen L. Ward.

Part of the military display at the VA was a UH1 Iroquois, also known to all Vietnam combat vets as The Huey.

Just some of the camp equipment on display on Saturday.

The Tyrone Korean War vets drove this nice looking camo transport into town.

Sitting on the ground floor of the Galleria Mall in Richland Township is a bronze statue dedicated to law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania. These are 2 of the several pictures I shot of it.

Hand in hand

Mandee Jenkins of the Central Cambria Red Devils winds up and lets loose of the ball for a strike during the game against visiting Penns Valley at their home field in Ebensburg.

Erin Van Vactor of Penns Valley just manages to slide safely into 3rd base under the tag of Central's Jamie Petrosky.

It wasn't until I was riding back from a trip into Maryland last year that I knew there was such a thing as the Eastern Continental Divide. When I left the house on Tuesday, I had no idea where I was headed. For some reason, I remembered the ECD, and said "Why the hell not". To learn more about the ECD visit

Located along Route 30 in downtown Bedford is this art deco, single bay Gulf gas station built in 1933 by Dick Dunkle. I love it when a well thought out plan finally works for once. This was my last gas stop before heading home from a ride that took me down into WV, Maryland and back home. The 265 mile ride took about 5 hours with gas and picture stops.

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