August 29 – September 2, 2016
Monday August 29, 2016We left East Stroudsburg, PA, heading to Lancaster, PA. It is only 114 miles, but took 3 hours due to heavy traffic around Allentown.Passed through Virginville, PA.It is hot in Pennsylvania in August.Beautiful campground in Gordonville, PA, Lancaster County.We stayed at County Acres Campground. Beautiful farmland all around us. Site #876, 50 amp, water, sewer, cable (70+ channels), decent WiFi. Nice laundry room, $1.75 wash, $0.50 for 30 minutes of dryer.Sites are decent. Long enough for the 5th wheel and the truck.Not very level side to side, but not too bad. Easy to get to, right off US-30. Bird-in-Hand Corporation owns a lot of property and businesses in the Lancaster area. They own this campground, multiple hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc.Had dinner at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In my opinion, it is not as good as The Blue Gate in Shipshewana, IN.Very pretty flowers.“If you build it, they will come.”That is some good size corn.
Tuesday August 30, 2016 – York, PADecided to drive to York to tour the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations manufacturing facility.They build custom order bikes here too.These are the colors for 2017.They manufacture the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike styles here in York.My favorite.Cliff’s favorite.I like it too. I had a fun time getting off of that monster.We like to check in with new friends from time to time, just to see where everyone is. Phil and Judy Kerns, full-timers from Oklahoma, just happened to be in Hershey. They suggested we meet them for a tour. We made reservations on-line, which we found out later was a very smart idea. The staff told us that most of the time people just show up and the tours are full. We took the Steel Toe Tour, which was Great! They don’t allow photos on the tour, so we just got a few in the lobby. We are very impressed with Harley-Davidson and the commitment to the saying “Made in America”. Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the area. If I could ride a motorcycle, it would definitely be a Harley. The tour was over 2 hours long. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was British, not that really means anything, but interesting. We headed downtown York for an early dinner.It was recommended that we try the White Rose Bar & Grill. It was very nice and we got to enjoy our time with Phil and Judy a little longer. We meet them at the Escapees Rally in Vermont in July. We just love meeting new full-timers and then finding them along the path again.Interesting public art downtown York.Beautiful bridges on our way home from York, PA.
Wednesday August 31, 2016The Amish in Pennsylvania ride bike scouters. Cliff really likes these.Since our campground is owned by Bird-in-Hand, they have a free tour of the Lancaster County countryside. Since we love tours and it was free, we had to go. The first stop was a farm that make their own, well everything. The hot pretzel was probably the best I have had in a very long time. They had peacocks, donkeys, ponies, wild turkey, horses, chickens, goats and anything else you could think of.Sheep and Goose.The donkeys were so cute.Covered bridges.You can take buggy tours too. Those are not free.Stunning farms.I posted this one on facebook, so most of you have seen this. Cliff was so excited, he stopped the truck to get his picture. What can I say??Stoltzfus Meat market was nice and had a very large selection. We stocked up on things for the freezer. They did not have any pork burgers, which was disappointing. They are really good if you can find them.There were shops like this one, Wild Goose Gallery. We actually bought something here. I will show you when we get back to Florida. A very nice man works there and sells his bird carvings. Cool place to wander around.There are several road side shops.Roger and Dawn Brown, sorry this is so blurry, but we wanted you to see the flowers made out of horseshoes. They were painted all different colors and they were everywhere.The hay is ready to harvest.My wings are not very straight….but Cliff’s are.Cliff found his favorite shirt.and his new Heike stick.
Off to Virginia. Till then, cheers.