Day 39 - Labor Day

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Monday, September 1, 2008

  Yes, I'm still alive. Sorry for the huge delay. It was a long weekend and even longer for me. We made it back last week and as you know it rained for a few days and I was fighting a sinus infection. That really sucked. Apparently what I caught at Sturgis was not just a cold. Anyway, after a 5 day course of antibiotics and forced rest due to the rain, I'm back in action.
Did some riding  and I'll share those pictures. I'm also working on getting some additional video for the entries. I have had a camera capturing video but doe to technical problems with the software I can't view or edit it. I'm trying to work through that with the manufacturer so That I can post some additional vide in the entries.  The few videos that I have posted are from my digital camera. It does a pretty good job. I'm impressed.
So as you all know, I'm in my hometown and will be here for a week or so more. While I'm here I'm going to show you around a bit. Before I do that I should give you a bit of background on the area so you can better understand the places I talk about.  The big city here is Harrisburg, PA. Harrisburg is the state capitol and is located in south central PA. There is a river that runs through this part of the state called the Susquehanna River.  It runs into the Chesapeake bay farther south. When people talk about the communities here they refer to the "east shore" and the "west shore". This refers to which side of the river the community is on.
Harrisburg is on the East shore, directly on the river,  and everything  more or less runs together much like the 5 sections of New York City but not on that scale.  South of Harrisburg is Steelton which is also along the river. Steelton had a large Bethlehem Steel plant in it and was very much a Blue collar town. That plant closed long ago but the little town still exists. North of Harrisburg is Dauphin. Another small town. North of that is Halifax and then Millersburg which I will talk about later. Halifax is not on the river but you go through it to get to Millersburg which is along  the river. East of Harrisburg you have Hershey, Palmyra  and Lebanon. Hershey is the home of Hershey Chocolate and the factory is still there. The whole town smells like chocolate and the street light are shaped like Hershey Kisses. I'll make a trip through there and get some pictures. There is also a great amusement park there called Hershey Park. It had one of the first looping roller coasters ever created. My today's standards it isn't much but back then it was a big deal.
The West Shore directly across from Harrisburg you have Wormleysburg, and moving north you have West Fairview then Enola, Summerdale, Marysville, and then Duncannon. There are other towns on both sides of the river farther north and farther south but then you start getting out of the Harrisburg area. For the most part, I will be talking about these towns as I travel around. I am from the West Shore. The west shore communities that are farther west and not along the river are Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg,  and Carlisle. I  grew up on the border of Carlisle and Mechanicsburg at the base of one of the Appalachian Mountains. Just for point of reference Carlisle is the home of the Army War college and Dickenson University and the Carlisle  Auto show. 
Another interesting  fact is that there are several major highways that run though this area. If you are a trucker or travel a lot, it is next to impossible to travel this part of the country and not pass through this area. Route 81, 83, 283 and 76 (the PA turnpike) all cross here.
I've added a map to make all of this easier to follow.
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