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Big Pocono Day

Harley TrikeIt was a hot hazy humid August summer day — perfect for a Harley Trike ride around the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. Our first stop was at the Mount Airy Hotel and Casino in Mount Pocono.  The Mount Airy building is very large, but it does not compare with The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, where we had stayed on Sunday night. I do not care for the noisy casino at Mount Airy, but Betty’s Diner in the hotel has very good sandwiches.  The music is nice and you can soak up the 1950s-inspired décor. Then it was back on the Trike and on the road to Big Pocono State Park, our main target of the day.  The 1,305-acre park is on the top of Camelback Mountain. During the winter, Camelback is a popular ski resort area. In the summer, it attracts thousands of vacationers to a large water park called Camelbeach.  The mountain top has seven miles of trails that we found enjoyable.  The trailheads all had a sign warning hikers about the “healthy population of timber rattlesnakes”.  That was a first for me. It was a bit hazy but we could make out the Delaware Water GapHigh Point (New Jersey) and the Catskill Mountains in New York State. I could not see Mount Pocono Airport, but I could see the large warehouse that is next to it.  The FitBit gave me credit for 20,762 steps for the day. The Trike ride was 82 miles.

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