It’s been five years since we visited the stunning rolling hills and farmland of Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country.
After the Eastern Tandem Rally we hit the road for a visit with the Kofsky family in Poughkeepsie, NY, and then onto Lancaster, PA, where the pretzels are hand rolled and the beers are brewed in the German style of the 1800’s.
Our first ride was a 50-mile covered bridge loop. The route was “advertised” as having 6 covered bridges. We saw only 5, but we aren’t complaining. We think one bridge may have recently washed away.
We also aren’t complaining about one of our favorite breweries. The Lancaster Brewery is less than half a mile from our hotel (not a coincidence). It’s hard to beat a sampler with a dozen 4 ounce pours.
We loved the opportunity to taste all the beers they brew! Our favorite? The ESB and the Festbeer.
They also serve the prettiest, and best pretzel we had on this trip.
Our second ride was a 40-mile ice cream ride. We rode past thousands of dairy cows and three dairies, and chose the Lapp Family Dairy for our morning ice cream stop.
You don’t always know what you are going to see on the road. There was this group of camels which still has us scratching our heads.
Is this where camel-hair coats come from? We stopped to get a closer look at Weaver’s turkey farm – you’ll just have to imagine the cacophony of gobbling as the turkeys got closer to Roger while he leaned in for the money shot.
If the sun is out, it’s laundry day. This house had colorful tastes. Others were much more drab.
We remain in awe of the meticulously manicured farmland, the smooth roads, the low traffic and the patient drivers in this part of Pennsylvania.
It looks like it’s going to be a good corn season. Some of the stalks are over nine feet tall.
We are already trying to figure out when we will be back.