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Travel Blogs from Chambersburg
This morning we left Wytheville, Va and continued our journey up I-81. Pleasant ride until we got a little plast Staunton, VA and there was a tractor-trailer accident which caused bumper-to-bumper traffic for about 1/2 hour of stops and starts.
We stopped for our picnic lunch at a Virginia rest area (beautiful breeze blowing) but temp's …
4 hrs, 7.2 kms
Day Totals: 12 hrs, 22.8 kms
Next I head east just a couple of miles to Biglerville, where it becomes even more evident that this is apple country--there's even a "National Apple Museum". Almost as big as the town itself is what looks like a big apple processing plant. I see a number of Latinos (haven't seen many in other small towns in the county) so I'm guessing orchard work is a draw here for immigrant labour. I ...
... at the edge of the foothills of South Mountain--the ridge between the Chambersburg and Gettysburg valleys, and is an important apple and peach growing area.
The town also has a more rustic, frontier feel to it. No grand, Victorian style houses that I saw in towns farther east.
There's also a mention of the "White Squaw" back in colonial times, when this was a frontier area going into Indian ...
... It has a humble borough building, with a sign showing it's open just a few hours a week, with the phone number for who you can call if you need a service during off hours. Looks like a much more efficient system then having an army of bureaucrats sitting around 5 days a week.
Do a little loop, enjoy a peaceful Parkbench session in the park, then head on towards Gettysburg. A ...
... Texas and his girlfriend in Boston--but they seem well settled in here in Small Town Pennsylvania
"Lot's of history here--many of the houses are over 200 years old. Some of them have secret rooms inside where they would hide escaped slaves during the Underground Railroad period..."
He goes on to tell me more about secrecy in this region "A lot of Freemasons around here... ...