July 24, 2014 – Langhorne to New Stanton, PA

As I admittedly tend to get restless after 4-6 weeks at home, it felt great to hit the road again despite being our longest mileage day for this trip.

Living in the Philadelphia suburbs where urbanization and “cookie-cutter” subdivisions dominate the landscape, our trip west along the PA Turnpike was a refreshing respite, winding through miles of farmland … where Debbie rediscovered her fascination for barns and silos … in part as she was unable to spot any water towers.

2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (d) - Copy 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (e) 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (g) 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (k) - Copy 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (y) 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (f) - Copy 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (c) - Copy 2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (z-1)About the only interruptions in the bucolic scenery were the cities of Harrisburg and Johnstown

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and the predictable slowdowns occasioned by road construction.

2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (q) - Construction2014-07-24 - PA Turnpike (r) - Construction WorkerWe made a pit stop at the Midway rest area, about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, where we discovered it was one of the original service plazas for the nation’s first long-distance superhighway/ On October 1, 1940, the PA Turnpike opened, stretching 160 miles from Carlisle to Irwin. Construction utilized the old South Pennsylvania Railroad’s right-of-way and tunnels (five of them are found between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh). By 1957, the Turnpike spanned 360 miles across the State and a spur even 110 miles north to Scranton.

Checking in at our campground in New Stanton, PA

2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (a)was like walking in to a Bass Pro Shop. The owner’s grandfather had apparently been an avid hunter … where more than a hundred of his trophies and dozens of Native American artifacts adorned the walls, and beams of the building. 2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (Big Horn Sheep) - Copy 2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (Badger) - Copy 2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (Cougar) - Copy 2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (Wild Boar) - Copy 2014-07-24 - Fox Den Acres Trading Post, New Stanton, PA - Site 108 (Fox) - CopyTomorrow, it on to Shreve, Ohio (a town we’d never heard of it until we discovered some RV friends were working at a campground there) for a couple of days before heading to Michigan to catch up with our friends whom we met on our RV trip to Alaska in 2011.

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