Day 1: Pennsylvania is a big state…


It wasn’t quite 9am when we crossed the Delaware Gap into Pennsylvania. So far, so good!

We could already feel like we were “someplace else”, as the landscape had changed from the built-up congestion that surrounds the New York metro area on all sides, to a more picturesque countryside.

There were mountains — the Appalachians — the first of many we would pass over the coming weeks. And, in fact, the Delaware Gap which separates NJ from PA is actually one of those cool natural wonders caused by years of erosion wearing away the mountain rock, creating a path for the river. It is very beautiful, but we cannot stop to explore here or we will never make it to Ohio in time to set up camp comfortably. After stopping to consult the map, we continued on I-80 straight across the state.

Lots of forest, and some very beautiful mountain vistas — the Poconos, the Allegheny Mountains, the Blueridge Mountains (not really sure where one begins and the other ends, but there are A LOT of mountains here). Apparently, when Europeans settlers first came here, this was the “western frontier,” with only a series of Indian trails along the ridges and valleys to connect the east with the western plateau. Eventually something of a road was constructed, as settlers trickled across the mountains, via small caravans of little wagons, with men leading horses in single file for the six week journey. Now, our drive across PA isn’t quite that long, but we did discover that Pennsylvania is much bigger than we’d imagined. And about halfway across the state, driving on the Interstate became a bit of a blur…

We hit some construction along the way and we were already running slightly “behind schedule,” when the skies opened up and a torrential downpour made it almost impossible to see the vehicle in front of me!

> NEXT: OHIO TRANSITIONS…


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