Today is Friday, October 17, and our journey thus far has been extremely interesting. As I noted in an earlier posting, we left out on Monday, October 13 with our first destination being the Philadelphia, PA area to visit family, and we arrived yesterday in Lyndell, PA.
The first leg of our trip consisted of 332 miles from Bloomington, Indiana to Milton, West Virginia and the trip was simply beautiful. If ever you have wanted to do a fall foliage trip in the fall, I would recommend the route that we took. You won’t regret it!
The second leg of our trip took us from Milton, West Virginia to Gettysburg, WV for a total of 358 miles and, wow, what a trip that one was! Again, we had beautiful scenery but we also had some unexpected “surprises” along the way in regard to our travels. It was suggested as part of our route, that we take MD-77 from Hagerstown, MD in order to pick up Highway 15 to take us into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. So that’s what we did. MD-77 goes through the Catoctin Mountain Park which, although simply beautiful and extremely drive able in a regular vehicle, should not be attempted in a 40’ motor coach towing a vehicle. Dave, of course, handled it beautifully and we made it through with nothing more than my knuckles being cramped from hanging on for dear life. That is one route that I can say without a doubt that we will never take again in a big rig.
We parked overnight at the Artillery Ridge Camping Resort in Gettysburg, PA and we were hoping to stay there for a couple of days, as we wanted to take the two-hour guided horseback ride that takes one from the Union Fishhook Defense line all the way across the Battlefield to the Confederate Battle lines on Seminary Ridge. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t cooperating as it was raining and we also discovered our second “surprise” that altered our traveling plans. We discovered a small stress fracture crack in upper right corner of our windshield. Not long after, another crack appeared, then another, until there were a total of six diagonal cracks in the upper one foot of the windshield. Since resources around Gettysburg weren’t as plentiful as what would be in the Philadelphia area, we decided to leave out the following day, get to the next campground, and phone our insurance company for next steps.
Our first two choices for campgrounds in the area that we wanted to be in, which were closer to Lancaster, were completely booked. So we had to quickly find another campground that would meet our needs. The one that we choose was Brandywine Creek Campground in Lyndell, PA, which is 93 miles from Gettysburg. It’s only a few miles from one of our daughter’s, so the location couldn’t have been better. Getting here from Gettysburg though was another challenge! Leaving the campground in Gettysburg meant turning right onto a one lane road with two huge trees on either side of the road. Dave made the turn perfectly, coming within a quarter-inch of our mirror missing one of the trees. I think I held my breath from the beginning of the turn until we actually cleared it and made it all the way through. We came across another road in our travels called Corner Ketch Road that we had to take to get to our campground. This road reminded us a lot of the MD-77 route. The only difference is that at the end of Corner Ketch Road, you go down a very STEEP hill where there is a stop sign at the bottom of the hill! Really?! Who in their right mind would put a stop sign at the bottom of a steep hill??
Our campsite at Brandywine Creek Campground overlooks the Brandywine Creek. It’s very peaceful here and a great stress reliever as the scenery is so beautiful and calming. Alvin and Waddie love sitting up on the dashboard in the sun looking out at the creek and watching the squirrels scamper about.
Thankfully there is no rain in the immediate forecast, however, cooler temps are supposed to appear Saturday night and Sunday night. We’re departing on Monday for Fredericksburg, VA and are looking forward to the warmer temps predicted there.