Day 40 - Millersburg Ferry

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The weather has been great. I guess this is the payoff for last week.

This is really a beautiful area. Growing up here and seeing it every day made me too used to it. Now living in FL and having traveled as I have done on this ride, gives me a new basis for comparison. The Appalachian mountains as so different than the Rockies but every bit as beautiful in their own way.

Started out with breakfast at the Summerdale Diner. Then we rode up along the river. I got to see the statue of Liberty again. Sitting majestically as ever in the middle of the Susquehanna River. I still remember with this mysteriously appeared on the 4th of July many years ago. Nobody knew where it came from or how it got there. Turns out some creative folks at a manufacturing business on the West Shore side of the river decided to do it and put it in the river in the middle of the night. It became a local landmark. Originally it was made out of old venetian blinds I  think.and then some years back was redone in a more sturdy fashion. I'm glad to see it's still here. We then continued up through Dauphin to the Dauphin Zoo. Not may people know about the Dauphin Zoo. Being such a small town, you'd think that more folks would know that there is a place to see exotic animals right nearby. Can you say "obsessed"? There is so much in the front yard you can't see the house.

This next part is especially for Kim R. who's birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Kim.

We continued our ride up Rt 147 to Halifax and the to Millersburg. Millersburg was founded in 1807 by Daniel Miller. The Millersburg Ferry is the last surviving ferry across the Susquehanna River. According to a sign posted at the ferry dock, a ferry has operated here since 1825. The original ferries were poled across the river. Paddle-wheel boats went into operation in 1873. The current ferries are wooden-stern paddle-wheelers which can carry up to four vehicles or in our case three and two motorcycles.. The distance across is about 1 mile and the ferry docs at the Millersburg Ferry campground on the West Shore.The ferry boats were officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2006. If you are the first to show up in the morning you are supposed to open the door that signals the Captain on the other side that you are waiting to be picked up. High tech... ain't it.

After we rode the ferry we rode south back toward Summerdale and stopped at Kristi's Whistle Stop.One of my favorite places to go for ice cream. Kristi, herself, served us. If you ever get here, go visit and say hi for me. Since it was still early we decided to go to Carsonville and see the Carsonville Hotel. Carsonville is located "over the mountain" 7 or 8 miles from Halifax. The hotel has been there for ages. Once I got there I asked how much for a room but apparently they don't operate as a hotel anymore. However, we had a great burger and a huge plate of fries. We met Tony and Laura. Another biker couple from the area. After a great conversation and a few more cokes for us, we struck out into the brisk night air to ride back. Neither one of us had our jackets so it was a cold ride back. Don't tell my Doctor.
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