Usually on Columbus Day weekend, my friend Dave, from the Motorcycle Tourers forum, schedules what we call a "Ride to Eat". Basically, just an excuse for long distance riders to gather and share stories over a meal. The original, 7 years ago, fell right near by birthday hence the name. The Schoolhouse is a restaurant in the town of Downsville NY, right in the middle of the Catskils. Typically, we get riders coming in from Ontario, NY, PA, OH, NJ, CT, MA, NY, WV. This year we had over 20 riders.
The meal was on Sunday so Jason, Bruce and I headed out on Saturday and stayed in Oneonta NY. Sat, after a quick breakfast, we began to ride on the back roads towards Downsvile. There was early morning Fog and we packed up and headed out.
The ride was nice, twisty roads through the Catskill mountains. The colors were a bit disappointing as it was at least a full week past peak color. I still managed to get a few decent pictures and the ride and scenery were both good.
Weather wise, it was a very nice day. We got there early as usual and hung out with everyone in the parking lot. When they opened we all went inside and they had a room reserved for us. The building is an old Schoolhouse and is Listed on the National Register of historical places, The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.
Built in 1903 at a cost of $1000.00, The Old Schoolhouse was originally a Union Free School.
The school district voted to establish an academic department and classes started in the fall of 1906. In order to be admitted under the Regents of the University at least five academic students were required, a goal which was reached in June 1907. The full rank of a high school was achieved in 1910.
An authentic schoolhouse, high school was taught upstairs where the banquet facilities are now; first and second grades were taught where the bar now resides and fifth and sixth grades were held where the main dining room . Classes were held here until 1939 when everything moved to the central school.
You can check it out here if you are interested: http://www.oldschoolhouseinn.com/
After eating, we normally have a cake for my Birthday. This year we did it a little different, surprising John Wynes who was just awarded the title of Director Emeritus for the MTF! Dave introduced me as the birthday boy... then I thanked all (as it is my last one before I move to GA). Then I announced the cake was different to honor someone else, and introduced John! They still sang Happy Birthday!! A great time was had by all, we took a group picture and then the 3 of us headed back home to NH.
Have fun shooting my friends!!!
Pat in NH