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Woke up this morning and boy are we sore. Who would have thought just driving for 7+ hours would do that. We are about to grab breakfast and then make the 30 min drive to Gettysburg to meet with our guide. Our guide is to provide a 3 hour history tour of Gettysburg and the surrounding area. Should be a learning experience. Then off to lunch and maybe the museum and/or a visit to the Amish country. That's still up in air. Anyways off we go until the next ...
... about it.
"Guys pay 7,000 dollars to hunt a 160 point buck... I just get a 20 dollar hunting license--I know where to go, and by 8 in the morning I have a 160 point buck..."
He goes on "then in April and May I go mushroom huntin'... There are these mushrooms that tastes just like steak--they're very hard to find... and expensive. I know just where to look for them up in the mountains"
"So you're a hunter-gatherer... in the ...
... wonder what kind of people worked here... recent immigrants from Eastern Europe, perhaps? You would think that the quarry owner could have set up some sort of cable ride or something... I take a break from thinking of the grim life of a 19th century laborer, and enjoy the beauty of a stairway of natural stone, blending into the mountain... At the top, there is a decent view of the valley, and remnants of ...
... miles. But if you're going northwest, as I was the previous day, you'll be going up down up down over each ridge.
Suddenly the ridge to my left edge abruptly exposing the other valley on the other side, with flat, fertile farmland--a pleasant change of scenery.
It's not long and I reach my 4th town of the day: the one street village of Shirleysburg. I find a covered area to strum my songs... and call it a ...
3 hrs, 5 kms
Actual date: April 2, 2015
Right across the stream from Rockhill furnace is the sister town of Orbisonia, which has an actual functioning Main Street with quite a few people out and about. It starts raining, so I duck into the gas station and grab a sandwich.
It's been a while since I've been in a town with a decent Main Street. It's nice to see some character and life in one of these "other side of the mountain" ...