Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region

Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region
Pennsylvania's historic Oil Heritage Region and its border on lovely Lake Erie beckon us northward from central Ohio for a three-day motorcycle tour.

Running late, we fly up Interstate 71 toward Cleveland, then head northeast on I-90 toward the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, and I'm wondering whether the price of gasoline was as high back in the early days as it is now. But having no way to research it at the moment, and being a believer in the motorcycling adage that 'sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight,' I don't ponder the question long. I'm just thankful my vintage Moto Guzzi V50II gets 50 miles to the gallon.

Dan Pauley, ace motorcycle mechanic, accompanies me on this tour on his 2004 Suzuki DL-1000 V-Strom, nicely set up for touring with Givi hard bags and a CB radio. And since my bike is 25 years old, it's good to be in the company of a guy who could probably find enough objects in a deserted parking lot to rebuild a busted carburetor.