I have always been fascinated with the idea of riding a long highway all the way from one end to the other, and U.S. Route 19 seemed like an obvious choice, since it starts just a few miles from the marina where Salacia (the Island Packet 31 aboard which my wife and I live) is docked for the time being. So I took a week off and rode the entire length of it, hitting seven states on the way up, and adding an eighth (Maryland) taking different roads on the return trip. Here are a few of the highlights from the adventure.
A late blast of spring-defying winter weather turned leg 5 into an almost unbearably long and unseasonably freezng-cold ride, but with some mixture of determination and insanity, I finally reached my destination: Erie, Pennsylvaia, the northern terminus of U.S. 19. My lodging for the next two nights was Spencer House, a beautifully restored, sumptuously furnished three-story Victorian home constructed in 1876. The Captain's Quarters, the top-floor room where I stayed, had its own private Jacuzzi tub. After a hours of riding in the cold, a hot soak with a glass of whiskey was a welcome and appreciated culmination to the day.
Consecutive days of relentless mist, drizzle, snow flurries, and temperatures in the 30s gave way at last to some proper April conditions, and I was able to enjoy blue skies, warm sunshine, and blooming cherry and dogwood.
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