Carlisle PA to the Johnstown Flood

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AreyH, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. AreyH

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    Sorry, no pics but for those in south central PA, this is a longish full day event at 250 miles round trip. Visit the broken dam at south fork PA and then make your way down to Johnstown to see what 30 feet of rushing, flooding water did to that town in 1889. 2,209 died in this catastrophe. I just finished McCullough's book on the subject and wanted to see the actual terrain and i'm glad I did.

    ...and I-76 through the mountains and tunnels is about as close to a high speed track as this strommer is getting. Traffic flies there!

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sou...121,-78.473282&spn=0.422017,0.891953&t=p&z=11
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  2. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    I was there during the flood of '77.

    Did you have a Gob while you were there?
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  3. AreyH

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    Que? A local food or adult beverage, perhaps?
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    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    Here's the story about the one on the left:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10189/1071052-34.stm


    The other one is made in a small bakery outside New Florence, PA. It is more "homemade", kind of like Mom made.

    You will only find Gobs, for the most part, in the Johnstown area.
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  5. gazoo

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    You just HAD to post that pic - now I'm homesick! Grew up in Johnstown, and remember the 77 flood well.

    Glad you enjoyed the trip, AreyH. If you missed the gobs, did you at least experience Coney Island? :clap
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  6. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    A Harris Boyer Gob and a pint of Gallikers chocolate milk for an after football practice snack.

    Do you remember the old Coney Island?

    Here's an interesting site:

    http://www.coalcampusa.com/rustbelt/pa/pa3.htm
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  7. GB

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    I-76 is quite a thrill to ride and the toll is cheap..

    Quite an interesting history on the Johnstown flood. On PBS's American Experience, I believe I saw a full documentary on what happened.

    Moved to Day Trippin'
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  8. B DIRT

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    Hey AreyH I grew up in Carlisle and live just over the mountain now, Im always riding maybe we can get together and do some miles sometime, I would have loved to do that ride.
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  9. gazoo

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    Everyone knows Sani Dairy was better than Gallikers! :evil I liked the old Coney. It was pretty much right across Clinton St. from where it is now, where the parking garage is. Used to go there after shopping at Penn Traffic and Glosser Brothers.

    Thanks for that link. I have family in New Kensington as well as still in Johnstown.

    /hijack
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  10. AreyH

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    I'm out the door to Afghanistan as soon as some stitches from knee surgery get removed (surgery was post Johnstown ride - not related!)

    The bike is now "winterized" for my deployment.:(:

    GREAT riding around here though. I now understand why so many of my Army peeps decide to settle down here.
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  11. gazoo

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    AreyH - thanks for your service. Safe travels.

    And seeing as today is the 33rd anniversary of the 1977 flood...

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  12. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    Good video. A couple years ago the "Trib" put out a book on the flood, it must have been in '07. I had Mom pick me up a copy.

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    Speaking of shopping, did you ever shop at LA Surplus? :D
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  13. gazoo

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    Of course - they had the cool jeans that Glosser Brothers and Penn Traffic didn't carry :evil Then we'd go to George's Song Shop and look at records. Main street before 77, and Market St. after. Amazing that John is still in business!

    Thanks for the info on the book - I'll have to track a copy of it down when I'm there in a couple of months.
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