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Old 10-19-2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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a trip to the kempton hotel on a norton 650ss

one of my favorite riding destinations is the kempton hotel in kempton pennsylvania. why? stick with me and it will be revealed. last fall, i finished the restoration of a 1967 norton 650ss from a pile of junk to this:



several times a season we ride to the kempton for lunch . i have a thing about old pennsylvania hotels and hotel bars. living in suburban philadelphia the challenge is to get to the good roads as soon as possible, so i have a route that puts me on all the old cow paths they made into roads. the route takes me past the green lane reservoir park:



what's a ride without finding a road that has an old bridge



and stopping to look at old cars giving in to entropy and the weeds.



then on to berks county and huff's church road
here is huffs church, the congregation started in 1760


then on to golden keys road/route 863, this where the road gets really good, great scenery and lots of twisties









here we are at the kempton hotel in the shadow of hawk mountain and the hawk mountain raptor preserve, a good place to visit.

my friend steve hamming it up in front of the hotel:



now the hotel has a neat old bar and very good food and cold yuengling premium on draft ( brewed just a few miles away in pottsville).



but what is unique about the place is the mural on the ceiling depicting pennsylvania farm life. ok, it's not the sistine chaple but cool none the less. don't ask about willie nelson, i don't know.







having a dutch burger , a burger with horseradish cheese fried onions on a potato roll and a grass of beer. we decided to visit a piece of automotive history a few miles away in the town of fleetwood. a 20 minute or so ride down rt 143 brought us here:




it was here starting in 1909, that if you were wealthy, you sent your packard or cadillac to have a hand beaten alloy body installed. this is the original home of the cadillac fleetwood. the operation continued here until the early 30's.

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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I am liking the thread! I live in the great South West so never see greenery and scenes like this.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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nice report, my first miles were blasting around Lenhartsville/Hamburg area on a new '71 CB750..nice paved cowpaths in that area
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:31 AM   #4
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Very cool!Next time I visit my sister-in-law in York I'll check it out.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:12 PM   #5
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That is a wild collection of vehicles! 2 1957 Chevy's, a 1958 Fairlane, and a 1985 Chevy truck? Strange! Ill bet people stop all the time trying to buy three of those cars....
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:59 PM   #6
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Nice ride and lovely bike! Thanks for the pics
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:52 PM   #7
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Very nice. Is that Alfa 164 yours? Very eclectic vehicles.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:45 AM   #8
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Very nice. Is that Alfa 164 yours? Very eclectic vehicles.
yes i am an alfista
the 164 is my daily driver or i should say my monthly driver as i'm retired and in good weather prefer one of the bikes.
my wife has a milano 3 liter and i'm restoring a 73 gtv. i spent the summer getting the body straight and painted it a few weeks ago.

sniper x said:"That is a wild collection of vehicles! 2 1957 Chevy's, a 1958 Fairlane, and a 1985 Chevy truck? Strange! Ill bet people stop all the time trying to buy three of those cars...."
in the last couple of decades, i have been riding by that garage i have never seen anyone. the weeds get higher and the cars rustier. all though i do wonder just how much it would take to bring that fairlane back. my boyhood best friend's family had a fairlane and i rode in it often.
whenever i see an old hulk on the side of the road i have to stop.i think these old cars remind us of our youth. my first car was a $50 1951 chevy. the motorhead illness goes deep.


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Old 10-21-2010, 02:04 PM   #9
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Nice to see the Norton being used. Congratulations on the restoration, you did a great job.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:09 PM   #10
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Nice bike & RR .............nice part of the world

..........your RR brought back memories of a trip a couple of friends on a Norton dominator, a 750 cammando & I on a honda 500 twin (my BSA lightning bit the dust) made, touring in Brittany, France - we came back early to ride up to Knebworth the last Led Zepplin concert.... about 1980.

....... I rode the Domi once & felt really solid & planted. My S1 Buell has that same feel.

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:19 PM   #11
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Great Report

I grew up near there and would love to come back there and ride
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