My wife and I spent the Independence Day weekend escaping the Washington DC heat by heading north to Pennsylvania. This was our second multi-night outing, 2up on our Versys. Our plan was to stay in Confluence, PA and see some of the nearby sights including Frank Lloyd Wrights Falling Water, Ohiopyle State Park, and to pay our respects at the Flight 93 Memorial. Day 1 We headed out from our home in Vienna, VA with plans to take mainly back roads out to West Virginia and then get on the National Road out to western Maryland; then north into PA. Taking Rte 9 outside of Leesburg, we enjoyed the twisties into Charles Town WV. Its been a while since Ive been on Rte 9 west of Charles Town, and I was disappointed to find that it was now mostly a 4 lane slab. After the GPS led us on a not-so-scenic tour of Martinsburg, WV, we ran into stopped traffic due to an accident, with both directions closed. We rode the shoulder a couple of hundred yards to Petruccis Country Market and got some route advice from the locals. When the road still hadnt cleared after a half hour, we backtracked to get on Rte 81 and then hit Rte 70 into Hancock, our lunch destination. So much for the back roads I had planned for this part of the ride. After lunch, we got on the National Pike, which was originally built in the early 1800s and was at the time one of the one of the primary routes to the west. Today, the route follows Rtes 40 and 144 through Maryland. The route parallels (and in some places coincides with) Rtes 79 and 68, the interstates through this area. West of Cumberland, in the town of La Vale MD, sits the one of the original Toll Houses on the National Road. Farther to the west, near the town of Grantsville MD, sits the Casselman Bridge, a stone bridge erected in 1813. We arrived at our destination for the weekend, the Confluence House Bed and Breakfast. The town of Confluence, PA, was built around the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers. Its a nice place to stay for a home base when exploring these parts, especially if youre looking for peace and quiet. The B&B we picked ended up to be a good choice because they let us park the Versys in their garage, along with the other bikes (of the pedal variety). The owners, Fred and Sandy Younkin are nice folks whose family has been in the area for many generations. We finished out the day with dinner at the Rivers Edge Café, which had good food and is nicely situated on the banks of the Yough.