And Then There Was One

Covered Bridge - Lancaster PA
Covered Bridge in Lancaster County, PA

The suburbs of Philadelphia gave way to Amish Farm country, with the smell of freshly fertilized fields and mule drawn plows.  We watched the horse drawn buggies, bikes and scooters of the Amish, who live a simple life with little or no technology. Then the farmland gave way to the forests, streams and lakes of the highlands.

Horse & Buggy - Lancaster PA
Amish Buggy in Lancaster County, PA
Waterfall - Caledonia State Park, PA
Waterfall in Caledonia State Park, PA
Tents & Bike - Spring Garden PA
In for the night

Thursday night’s forecast was for two inches of heavy rain, along with severe thunderstorms — not much fun in a tent.  With the help of Lissa, Bill and I were able to secure a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps cabin in Cowans Gap State Park. As the rains came, we lit a fire in the hearth and stayed warm on the front porch.

Fireplace - Burnt Cabins, PA
Warmth on a rainy night
Lake - Cowans Gap PA
Cowans Gap State Park

Bill left for home this morning.  It was nice to spend some good time together. While I will miss the comradery, I am looking forward to the unique feeling of truly being out on my own on this great adventure.

Bill on Bike - Norristown, PA
Bill
AT Crossing - Caledonia State Park, PA
Caledonia State Park

Just before the checkout time of 10, the rains stopped, and I was on my way. There were road washouts and downed trees, with work crews cleaning up the mess. It’s beautiful how life comes through when you need it most.  Bike touring really connects you to the rhythm of Mother Nature. You become acutely aware of the wind and weather. The contours of the land. You sleep when it gets dark and awake to the bird songs just before dawn. You can only focus on what’s happening today. Tomorrow is unknown and yesterday is a fading memory.

Lake - Caledonia State Park, PA
A pond in Caledonia State Park

 

8 thoughts on “And Then There Was One”

  1. …been wondering how you ride in the rain? Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a taste in word, image and feeling. so yummy. Enjoy Enjoy!

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  2. Jeff, You have always been an inspiration to me in deeds and life in general. Whether it is the coaxing up Jerald Trail…ugh…or the slow reflective passage on the Green River. This journey of yours, while not shared physically, is even more inspiring in following your next personal challenge and adventure. Here’s hoping the road rises to meet you more often than not.

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  3. Beautiful photos, you are a brave man in every aspect. I can only imagine the sounds you hear at night. Enjoy every day on your travels.. you taught me to live life to the fullest while you can.. I’m trying & you continue to inspire me!

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