On Saturday I met up with a few members of the Dutch Country Riders at 9am at the rest stop on I81 north of Harrisburg, PA. We were riding to Alpha, New Jersey to have lunch at Charlie’s Pool Room. Charlie’s Pool Room is known for it’s famous hot dogs which have been cooked in a small skillet in their kitchen the same way for probably 50 years. Who would ride 3 hours and 100 miles for such a lunch? We would.
Charlie’s Pool Room would be easy to miss. It looks just like the other houses on this block in Alpha, New Jersey. Once stepping inside you see the old counter that looks like it hasn’t changed in 50 years. Sodas are purchased in a soda machine and ice cream is available in an old cooler.
There’s just one round table in the back to sit down and enjoy your meal beside the one lonely pool table. This place has charm.
My lunch consisted of two ht dogs with sauce. The sauce is a sweet onion sauce and the recipe is only known by one of the two brother’s who owns the establishment.
On the way back we stopped at the Peanut Shop in Port Clinton, PA. The candy in this store was amazing! They had anything you could imagine.
I stocked up with some butter roasted peanuts while others bought licorice (which was the best I’ve ever had) and other assorted candies. Hermy’s BMW is just a few hundred feet down the road from this store. I need to return!
I love the BMW R1200GS Adventure. But this bike is just too big for me. This was one of the riders of the BMW XPLOR the Pine Barrens event in New Jersey last year. I spent more time riding than taking photos but this was one of my favorites. By the time my group arrived at this sand pit where Jimmy Lewis was giving instructions on how to ride your BMW motorcycle through the New Jersey sand I was ready for a break.