Just thought I'd share a nice interim report on our recent trip.
My wife and I started our vacation in Harrisburg PA, where our youngest son was finishing up a soccer tournament. He rode home in the minvan with his aunt and grandma, and my better half and I headed off for some "Sol-searching" - finding some backroads and some time together.
From Harrisburg, we took the main highways to Williamsport PA, but then got on SR-44 in Waterville. Stayed at a hunting lodge, and headed on up 44 all the way to NY State. SR-44 goes through a lot of state forests. Part of it is a bit bumpy at first, but it has twists and turns as you drive through largely unpopulated areas. Saw a bear outside our dinner stop, and several broods of wild turkeys - the kind you eat, not the kind you sip on the rocks. Anyway, SR-44 is great road for the Sol.
Once in NY, we took backroads to Buffalo and Niagra Falls. These weren't as secluded as SR-44, but were still nice, lots of small towns, including Ellicotville, Ashville, etc, then took US 219 into Buffalo.
After going to Niagra Falls, CA, and looping back to the US via the QEW and Fort Erie, we headed east to the finger lakes region of NY. The roads along Keuka Lake are great, and stopping for wine tastings is great too. People asked about the Sol at every winery.
We stayed near Corning, NY, right after the National Ferrari Meet - 99% had left town, but I was a bit surprised to have a nice gentleman and his wife (with the horse logos on their polo shirts) inquire about the the Sol. They complimented its looks, asked about any turbo lag, and said their son was looking into one. I told them I loved mine, and had 6000 miles on it so far. Recognizing their logos, I said, "It's not a Ferrari" but they came back with "It's beautiful, and doesn't hit the wallet as hard!" Hard to aruge with that!
Upon leaving Corning, we eventually hit SR-487 and SR-118 in PA. Both of these are fun to drive - more towns than SR-44, but still lots of twisties through the mountains. We stopped at Ricketts Glen State Park (off of 487) and hiked to some waterfalls, which were quite beautiful. We hear the park can be crowded on weekends, but it is pretty empty on weekdays!
From there we drove to Jim Thorpe PA, where I am writing this. Defintely a nice place to stop. I've plotted out our trip home to MD through some more back roads, through Pleasantville PA, including "Covered Bridge Road" - I'll stick an addendum onto this when I get back home.....
In summary, there are ceratinly lots of "Sol-searching" roads in central PA and in the Finger Lakes region of NY. Defintely have to plan another trip like this one!