Hampton Inn Altoona
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Indoor pool
- Swimming pool
- Non-smoking hotel
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Day Totals: 15 hrs, 38 kms Actual date: Oct 8, 2015 Today starts with a foggy magic. As I cycle to my starting point, fingers of fog start seeping out of the forest until the whole landscape is soaked in this mysterious gray. Finally the sun rises over the Tuscarora Mountains, piercing through and finally dissipating the fog, revealing the beautiful autumn foillage all around. It's going to be a good hike today. I start in Three Springs, my last town in Huntingdon County. ...
We also saw some Amish people building a barn, unfortunately Noel was driving so fast I couldn't get a photo.
We drove through the Allegheny National Forest and in to Pennsylvania.
We we ended pulling up at a town called Altoona and booked into the Holiday Inn. We knew we were back in America when we went out for dinner. I had pasta and Noel had a pizza. Noel got a complimentary salad ...
4 hrs, 6.1 kms Day totals: 17 hrs, 31.1 kms Actual date: May 28, 2015 I continue on south, up over a ridge and through the forest, to another much smaller valley. which consists of some farmland and open meadows... and a big trailer park in the middle. I wonder how the farmers here felt, seeing this new "neighborhood" suddenly pop up in their peaceful valley... Further up ahead a section of the valley floor has been turned ...
... it is a Civil War monument and a monument to the the pioneer family with the father holding a gun and the mother reading the child a book. Sort of the stereotypical image we like to preserve of the first white settlers. Incidentally, I learn, Logan Valley is actually named after a Native American leader who lost his role as chief because he lost his eye due to an arrow. He was friendy towards the colonists ...
... with early 19th century lowrise office buildings... a random diner... a patch of land turned into a parking lot. But unlike Harrisburg, which is continuing to add on new styles and reinvent itself, Altoona seems to have have given up on coming up with new ideas for itself--other than a large hospital on the north side.
Of course, the city does seem to have a good excuse: population has been in decline since the 1930s, so the city has limited ...