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My purple '02 came from around your part of the country.
I love trains, too. In last year's ride report I pictured some of the train places I've visited. And I love history, so that works with trains, as well.

The Sportster production moved from the York Plant to Kansas City in 1998 so your '02 model would have been originally assembled there. My 1994 was assembled as an 883 in York and the factory told me it was finished on 3/18/94, Aqua Pearl, first registered at Forge, HD in PA.

Here's the contact info I used years ago: Harley-Davidson - Customer Care Rep - 1800-258-2464 -OR- (414)343-4056 - 8:00am - 6:00pm M-F Central Time


I love PA - That riding stretch (in the video) at the Conewago Narrows is fun to ride, but so are many other places here. The number of twists, back and forth, on that stretch is fun to 'Virtually Ride' from that video, even for me.

I was born here and spent all but 10-years of my life living in PA. Roots go deep. My original family immigrant came to America & PA in 1857. Nine generations since that have lived within 10 miles of his original home.

You'll have to strap your bike in your trailer & plan a couple days off when you get to PA. Park your 18-wheeler so you can ride some of our great countryside on the Sportster.


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Strapping the bike to the trailer isn't really a feasible idea, with the company I'm leased to we to too much trailer swapping. I was fortunate that things lined up right to get the bike home from MO that way when I bought it. Maybe someday I can throw it in the back of the old Dodge pickup and head out that way for the big Carlisle Mopar show, and then do some riding around before and after. Kill two birds with one stone.

I'll sure try that contact you listed. The better half checked the paperwork for me last night, the guy that traded the '02 in at Laconia was from Levvitstown PA.

I read some of the ride reports last night. Shame that the East Broad Top is shut down, I was hoping to ride that someday. I'll have to read the rest, you do some good writing and the pictures are awesome.
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If you make it to Carlisle with your bike, be sure to let me know - I'd be happy to share some awesome rides from there. Gettysburg is not far.

Thanks for the kind words about the Chronicle. I hope others are enjoying them also. I post regularly to it so I have a record to enjoy in the future when I'm not able to ride any longer.


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I was out riding with my brother & my cousin. The weather forecast was for a sunny day (they were right) and temps up into the mid-80s (right again). I had planned a ride of about 5 hours northwest of Harrisburg. The sunny side of the mountains (and the valleys) were very warm, but on the northside of the mountains, it was pleasantly cool.

We stopped at the Pomeroy Academia Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in PA. This is the same bridge I visited with Brad and 1Iron1 where we encountered a wayward cow.



We headed for Little Buffalo State Park. You can read my ride report named 'Grist Mill & Canal Tunnel - 2013' for more information about this park.

This is Shoaff's Mill at the park. It was originally built in 1840 and operated by the family until 1947. It was renovated in 1972 by the park and operates occassionally as an educational experience.



We took the back roads home. I suspect we all got sunburned arms (I did), but it was great riding today, with my brother & cousin.

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I was out riding again. It was in the mid-70's (instead of 80's which are typical for this time of year) with low humidity and a light breeze.

I rode many back roads today while heading towards Shippensburg. I stopped on Sand Bank Rd. at the Mt. Cydonia Sand Quarry. I love the colors here against the blue sky.



I happened upon this Barn in the Bend of the Road:



It was a great day to get more sun on my already red arms.


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Just for a second there, that pic reminded me of Arizona .....then I focused on the green bushes and came back to reality.
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I was out riding today - July 4. I left home around 5:30am to beat the heat of the day, projected to be in the low 90's. It was nice riding in the cool temps with the fog still rising off the fields.

Of course, I visited the Gettysburg Battlefield. That horrific event happened on July 1, 2 & 3 of 1863, 157-years-ago. Yet the struggle is still clearly present. So many of the issues of that war were never really resolved. I always wonder in what ways America would be different if Abraham Lincoln had survived.


This is the primary face of the monument to Battery C of the PA Light Artillary with the monument to the Ames' Battery of the 1st New York Light Artillary in the background.



Another monument I stopped to explore was this one in remembrance of the 1st Vermont Brigade (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Regiments).




Early in my ride I saw a Bald Eagle fly across an open field to the tree line & creek on the far side - What a beautiful sight that was!

Then, after visiting Gettysburg, I happened upon this patriotic-themed barn. Just a perfect sight on Independence Day!




I hope you, too, were able to ride the wind and enjoy the freedom of America on this important historical day!


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Ken, always try for a ride on the evening of the Fourth, an excellent view of surrounding fireworks easily viewed through the face shield. Can pan the horizon and see the sky light up in bursts of color. On another note it paid to keep moving as the mosquito population tried , on a couple of occaisions, top carry me and the bike away! Something about my blood is highly addictive for them. Keep it safe and stay healthy!! thank you for sharing.....
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Hippysmack - Those colors do remind me of the southwest. When I visited as a kid (with my family) in the late 60's, it was a wet year for that area and we did see just such combinations of desert like scenery spotted with greens.


Paul - When I lived in the Balt/Wash area (late 70's) we visited a number of fireworks displays. In fact, my wife and I were on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial for the fireworks display celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Sounds like you have found an alternative option to the maddening crowds (of people, but not mosquitos).

An aside - If the anarchists haven't torn it down by then, I'm planning to be at the Jefferson Memorial for the 250th Anniversary celebration in 2026.


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I was riding with my brother in early July. It was an overcast day and we had rain drizzling on us for much of the ride. But it was not HOT!

We headed to Fort Indiantown Gap, a nearby National Guard Training Center. We visited the National Cemetery located there.



They have a number of vehicles on display at the Fort including this M1/IPM1 Abrams Tank. With an 800hp engine and a travel range of 250 miles, it's main weapon is a M68A1 105mm rifled cannon.



We rode about 120 miles for the day thru mostly wooded, mountain area.

When we returned to the Harrisburg area, we stopped at Fort Hunter. The mansion there can be toured ($$) and there is a Tavern, Covered Bridge and Carriage House.

This is called the Centennial Barn because it was built in 1876 - A Real Beauty!



The rest of the story of our day and the sights we enjoyed can be found at My Motorcycle Chronicles.

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