Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Thousand Trails Hershey Preserve

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

   We got an early start this morning, knowing we had about 300 miles to cover, many of those miles through some beautifully mountainous terrain.   It rained pretty much all day, causing me great distress as I tried to capture the beautiful Fall colors we drove by most of the way - however, being as persistent as I am with the camera, there will be a few to share.

  One of the more frustrating parts of the day was when we ended up behind a LOOONG line of cars who were behind a very large very WIDE LOAD - this, in an area that was a hilly, curvy, and narrow two-lane highway. Then, when it went to a 4-lane divided road, the string of cars, with a small, old BMW in the front of the line, all pulled into the left lane to get past the wide load, and the BMW decided it couldn't go by, so it sat there in the left lane, blocking all those who wanted  to pass the wide load, until such time as the road narrowed and the pilot car pulled into the left lane to be sure nobody tried to pass at that point!  It was quite the comedy of errors!  In the meanwhile, we moved up behiind the wide load, the string of cars dropped way back, and when the road widened and the pilot car moved back into the right lane behind the wide load, we managed to pull out and be the first one to get by!   Thankful that Greg's sense of humor helps keep him patient in these situations.

 We stopped at a pull-off  next to the Susquehana River and made a sandwich - a beautifully relaxing spot, and it was one of the brief respites that we had from rain this day.

   Finally, with the rain coming down hard again, we reached Hershey, Pennsylvania - the town that Chocolate built.  It's a lovely town, and the stories about the incredible impact of Mr. Hershey on all the residents in this area are quite impressive. 

  Although our park is called the Thousand Trails Hershey Preserve, it is actually about 10 minutes beyond Hershey in the extended area called Lebanon, PA.  We got to the park, quickly found a pull-thru site near our friends Ann & Ken Sair, and even more quickly ran over to their coach for a beer and a glass of wine!  The last time we saw Ann and Ken was back in Arizona, early in our time there, and before they came East for a good portion of the year, so we had some catching up to do with them, and we were happy that they had extended their stay at Hershey by an extra day so we could do that catching up!   After the rain let up a bit, we went back to our place, got set up, cleaned up, and then went out to Jo Boy's Brewpub in nearby Manheim for a wonderful Southern-style barbecue dinner, filled with lots of laughs and shared information of places to go, places we've been, and plans going forward!  A great evening to end a long day of driving!
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