Over the years, Joel collected a bunch of twin cylinder bikes from the '70s and organized a few rides on these bike for his buddies. After a while, he decided to make a business out of it, Retro Tours, leading 1, 2, 3, or 4 day tours on his bikes. I called Joel after not having talked to him for about 25 years and we got caught up and talked Silk for a while. I decided to sign up for a 4 day tour that he had coming up, even though he told me his Silk wouldn't be going on the tour as it was making a bad noise.
We showed up at Lynn and Joel's house in Kennett Square, Pa., north of Wilmington, De. As each person going on the tour showed up, they got to pick a bike from a short list of his twins that were ready to go. Bob Gould was first and he chose the '72 Laverda 750 SF that he had owned at one time.
|The Benelli Tornado that DIDN'T go on the tour|
|The '78 Moto Morini 500 that was taken in place of the Benelli|
From Hopewell we headed north, getting gas (and swapping bikes--me onto the Laverda) in Kempton, then Mexican lunch near Tamaqua. After lunch, we headed west to Ashland where we went into the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, a tour especially interesting to me as I had just started reading a book about the 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapse for 69 days in 2010. From there, north again to Bodnarosa cabins in Beach Haven on the Susquehanna River.
|Joel barks orders at Bodnarosa Cabins.|
|A early-mid 30s NSU designed by former Norton designer Walter Moore|
|A late 30's Velo MAC in front of the camera store|
|A picture in Bill's garage|
|A Rolls Royce pick-up truck|
|A Moto Guzzi Galletto with a wicker side car|
|The elegant gas cap on a Moto Guzzi Airone Sport. I have one like this on my Dondolino. Push the lever to the left and it seals the cap; push it to the right and it opens the cap.|
|Then there were all the signs, posters and ads on the walls. I was especially taken with this one as I worked with Jimmy Chann at Electric Boat in Groton, Ct. in the 70's|
After a quick stop at the double covered bridge near Forks, Pa., we gassed up and got some lunch. Now I was on the Ducati and we rode to Hyner View. After viewing the man made wonders, now we were viewing the natural wonders, high above the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
|Hyner View looking northwest|
|This is the ramp the hang gliders pump off|
|The Rattlesnake National Enduro started in this field.|