Day 6 – Blakely to Forest City – Bike Ride #2

IMG_2016Today was the first full-day bike ride. We met at Blakely Park and biked on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to Jermyn.
It is a nicely paved trail that is primarily wooded and shaded and it offers nice views of the calmly flowing river.  Thanks to trail signage in Jermyn, we learned that Jermyn was founded in 1874 and is known as “The Birthplace of First Aid in America” because the city offered the nation’s first class on first aid to coal miners.

IMG_2008After getting off the trail in Jermyn, we used a variety of roads in Mayfield and Carbondale to get to Forest City,IMG_2015

IMG_2012 with the last leg of our journey taking us up the relentless incline of Route 171 and past views of the Waymart wind turbines.

IMG_1901 We finally stopped for a “second breakfast” at the Bakery, Café, and Eatery attached to the Citgo station where we had omelets, muffins, pancakes, eggs, homefries, toast, and a lot of chocolate milk! IMG_1905The service was great and our waitress was nice enough to take a group photo and send us off with a wave.  We retraced our tire tracks back to Blakely, completing the 33 mile ride,  but not before thoroughly enjoying IMG_2011
the Rt 171 descent into Carbondale, a lot of roadside Queen Anne’s lace IMG_2010and other wildflowers alongside the road … and of course some photo ops.

The crew biking through downtown Carbondale

Tara, for the EP NEPA crew…

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