Posts From Pennsylvania


Philly here we come (Hatfield, Pennsylvania)

Journal entry for Friday 31st Aug, 2012 (day 58, miles 8959)

Today we ventured off the back roads of the NE USA and onto some major freeways on our way to Oak Grove Campground in Hatford, PA where we will stay for a few days as a base to see some of the sights of Philadelphia.

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A day of History (Hatfield, Pennsylvania)

Journal entry for Saturday 1st Sep, 2012 (day 58, miles 8959)

How do you visit and see the downtown area of a big city like Philadelphia when you travel around in a big yellow truck. This is a question that has occupied our minds a lot as we have thought about how we will travel in Europe. The answer we have arrived at is to park/camp outside the city and become foot (or more accurately public transport) tourists for the day. Today was our first opportunity to put this plan into practice. So just after 8:00am this morning we drove the beast from the campground to the local train station and boarded one of the SEPTA trains for a 50 minute journey into the center of Philly. That was easy and the day continued in that vein.

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A wet day in camp (Hatfield, Pennsylvania)

Journal entry for Sunday 2nd Sep, 2012 (day 60, miles 8959)

The latest hurricane got us today with heavy rain off and one all day. Between (and some times during) the heavy showers I spent some time crawling around and under the engine of the truck tracing wires.

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Perplexed by the Amish (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Journal entry for Monday 3rd Sep, 2012 (day 61, miles 9055)

Today we visited the towns of Intercourse, Paradise and Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania to take a closer look (and learn a little) about the Amish people (no, I don't know the origin of those names but thankfully I did manage to resist making school-boy jokes about them). But to be honest we became more perplexed the more we heard about the Amish way of life. For example we saw many horse carriages with steel tired wheels running down the highway and were told that the Amish are not allowed to use motor vehicles or vehicles with rubber wheels. But when we visited an Amish farm we saw modern tractors, modern fork lifts and a variety of rubber tired trailers and trollies.

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