Mule/pony & buggy mishap!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I've really been looking forward to re-visiting Lancaster. They have excellent food in this Amish town! I was bummed to find that peach cobblers are out of season but they had some apple dumplings. We learned how to make soft pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory and ate at the Bird in Hand buffet (even though we knew we ought not). As we were leaving town, we did a scenic drive through the farmlands and I thought to myself, "We should come back and do a sunset photo safari on scooters!" You see all the Amish in their traditional, plain clothes, riding around on their push scooters (as they don't use any electricity) and horse & buggy. It's simply beautiful.

As we were about to turn a corner, a female pulled out ahead of us in her buggy pulled by what appeared to be a mule or pony. I even mentioned to Steve that the work animal had a strange sideways stride. Then it started going faster and faster, until it was out of control!!! Steve had been videoing the novelty of seeing a buggy on the paved road and we just stopped and looked at each other in disbelief, "Did that just really happen?!" Then an Amish man went chasing after them. We weren't sure what to do?! They can't use motorized vehicles and to be honest, it was probably the sound of Big B that scared the bugger off (even thought I was extremely cautious in not riding right behind them)! So giving chase wouldn't be right. We slowly came around the bend to find, off in the distance, the woman had somehow managed to bail but the mule/pony & buggy were still rapidly disappearing into the sunset! The woman was chasing after them with the man pulling up the rear. Not sure we did the right thing but we decided it was just best to forge on and leave them to handle the situation...
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Ronnie on

They were probably shaking their fists and thinking, "damn technology!".

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