Tour Day 3 - 3rd Night in Pennsylvania
We had another good driving day in western Pennsylvania today. Actually, we made a new friend and another serendipitous discovery before we ever left Bedford. We had time to kill today while we waited for the rest of the group to catch up. I had spotted a great looking set of antique gas pumps, signs and building near town that I wanted to get some photos of this morning. When Sharon and I stopped there was an "open" sign so we drove in. Ron Miller came out to greet us and we chatted for a few minutes. Then he invited us inside, and in an almost apologetic voice said, "Not everyone finds this stuff interesting..." and proceeded to show us the coolest collection of old radios I have ever seen. He has several console units from the 1930s and 1940s, many table top and portable radios, and even a few TVs. Every single one of them works because he fixed them, and they are all tuned to his own radio station. While we were talking his wife showed Sharon a beautiful quilt that she has been working on for four years. We wound up spending over an hour there and had a great time. Thanks Ron!
When the rest of the group arrived we had lunch at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford. I just realized that neither Sharon nor I got a picture of this beautiful brick tavern built in the 1700s. During lunch it began raining hard so we ran to the car afterward and got back on the road without ever taking a picture. All the more reason to come back.
We drove a little ways before coming across this former motor court. The units were more recently used by migrant farm laborers so they are still in nice condition.
We made a stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. For those who don't remember, three jet airplanes hit their targets on 9-11-2001. In the fourth plane, the passengers fought back. The plane slammed into the ground at more than 500 mph, killing everyone on board. This memorial is a fitting tribute to their heroism.
Next stop was the Lincoln Highway Experience; a very nice museum created by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Our last stop of the day was in downtown Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Center where we had dinner and visited the exhibits.
Tomorrow we move on to Ohio with a slight detour into West Virginia to shoot another huge tea/coffee pot.