77. The Simple Life
Trip Start Apr 19, 2011
90Trip End May 25, 2013
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At the campsite there was no one around and we cooked and camped in peace. Jersey has a big, comfy bed and Blair´s already decided she offers all the pros of camping and none of the cons (e.g. packing away a tent each morning). We had breakfast next to a lake as the sun rose and then ... it was my turn to drive.
Driving on the right wasn´t as difficult as I expected
An hour or two later, we stumbled across a road out of the maze and pushed on for Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Through Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand, the areas east of Lancaster, we meandered along country lanes, slowing for a number of Amish buggies, watching kids using a rotary lawn mower, and pausing to buy a number of Amish goods - homemade root beer, friendship cinnamon bread, sweet potato butter, and delicious organic vegetables - sweetcorn, beans, and asparagus. Contrary to the backcountry I had imagined, the Amish are threatened by the tourism directed towards them, and rather than living in isolation, they live right alongside (in parallel with) the modern community
Evening near, we stopped at the honesty box in French Creek State Park before parking up for the night. Blair went about doing his manly thing, collecting firewood for our campsite, when a thunderstorm came out of nowhere. With tornado warnings across the region, we huddled up inside Jersey and watched the lightning out the windows before settling down to sleep.
Wildlife sightings: White-tailed deer, black widow spider
Trip Anthem: ´Streets of Philadelphia´ - The Boss!
Rating out of 10: 8
In a word: Ironic
Something interesting: Shoofly pie, a traditional amongst the Pennsylvania Dutch, is so named because the sweet molasses attracts flies that must be ´shooed´ away.