We’ve begun to make our way across the mountain ridges of this part of PA and crossed over our first one today at Woodward. I had a short uphill of about a half mile and then it leveled out for about 4-5 miles. I was walking on the side of the mountain ridge, with a large hill to my right, and a sharp drop off to my left. I knew I was on the side and wondered the whole way when I was going to have to climb over the large hill to my right. After the 4-5 miles, I started a 7% downhill grade for about 3 miles and then before you knew it I was back between ridges. I’ll take those type of crossings any day.
We once again had a perfect day of weather. It was mid-70’s and sunny with a slight breeze. Clouds moved in around 4:30 but were gone in an hour. I stopped walking about 2 miles east of Hartleton, PA and should be done with SR 45 tomorrow morning. I’ll be somewhat saddened to see it go, it is one of the great roads in this whole country. It rivals Colorado 14, it’s that good.
We drove back into Hartleton and are spending the night in the parking lot of Chilly Willy’s, a local ice cream shop and restaurant. I want to thank Shawn & Stacey Moyer for their hospitality, and T-shirt. Both are much appreciated.
Tomorrow we just continue on with the quest. We should have 13 days of walking left until the end. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t have to dip into our three extra days. I plan on taking them off all in one stretch.
The barn scene is typical of the area. Chilly Willy’s. Valda stopped and filled up our drinking water jugs at this spring today. We don’t see too many of these and as a matter of fact this is the first one on the walk and the only one we’ve seen since North Dakota in 2006.
Miles Covered: 18.25
Total Miles: 2974.25
Money Found: $0.00
Total Found: $80.42