When I told my husband we were going on a scooter tour of Lancaster County, he was both thrilled and nervous. Thrilled because he thought it would be fun, and like me, he has yet to experience Lancaster from a tourist’s perspective. Nervous because he wasn’t quite sure of my ability to safely operate a scooter (I wouldn’t exactly call myself a “precision driver” – if you could see my front car bumper you would understand).
However, when we arrived at Strasburg Scooters on Friday morning, his worries were quickly laid to rest. Our instructor, and partner in the business, Marc Crusemire did an outstanding job of getting me and the other riders comfortable with the scooter and making sure we were competent riders. After a quick lesson and a few laps around the block, we were ready to go.
For the next three and a half hours, we toured some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. Marc kept laughing at me because at every stop sign all I could say was “wow” (Marc put me second in the scooter line up since I was the least experienced). We rode by farms, quaint road side stands, and lush fields showcasing flowers of every color. We passed between 8-10 buggies along the way, and every time we did we received a friendly wave and smiles from the drivers.
We saw cows, horses, chickens, sheep, bison, and even a deer farm. We stopped at four very old and beautiful covered bridges, where we received a brief history lesson from our guide, and had the opportunity to take photos. I learned that not only does Pennsylvania have the most covered bridges of any state, but Lancaster County has the most covered bridges of any county within the state.
Our group was a good size – there were seven of us – and included a local couple and one visiting from Massachusetts. We rode single file, and Marc always kept a close eye on the group. He had lots of fun facts and anecdotes to share on the tour, along with his great sense of humor. He was the consummate host and instructor.
Near the end of the tour, we stopped at an Amish dairy farm to take a quick tour and briefly speak to the owner, who was busy in his woodshop making bird houses. We saw buggy horses, field work horses, lots of cows, of course, and two calves that were only three days old. A few of the owner’s small children were laying in the shade in the front yard and eagerly waved to us. Riding the scooter was a lot of fun, and I can’t even begin to describe the beauty I saw everywhere I went. Words can’t do it justice, so I recommend you go and see it for yourself. I can honestly say it is one of the coolest things I have ever done, and will definitely recommend it to all my friends and family members who visit this beautiful destination. If you want to experience Lancaster County in a fun and unique way, this tour is definitely for you.
In addition to the tour I enjoyed, Strasburg Scooters has four other tours from which to choose. For more information, visit www.strasburgscooters.com.