Lancaster, PA Road Trip – 3 of 14

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 3 and picking up where we left off last.

Now for the third stage, what path do we want to take there that may offer the most opportunity for spontaneity?  As far as our selected route most of you following know we prefer roads less traveled such as those other than highways.  The reason for this is they not only add adventure, wondering how we’re gonna fit our class B motor coach van down that narrow deer path they call a county road but also, they allow us to see and interact with rural folks that have stories which touch us in profound ways.  So, route 15 was the best one for us.  It was also good because 15 goes right into Williamsport  which is nestled along the Susquehanna River.

As we researched the little towns along this river we discovered back in October 2016 there was an incident involving 55 thousand gallons of gasoline leaking from a pipeline and flowing into the Susquehanna.  This bothered us.  The pipeline, overseen by Sunoco supplies petroleum to Buffalo and Rochester.  Hmmm, 55, 000 gallons is a huge contamination to a river populated in and around with so many species of marine and animal life not to mention used by many outdoor enthusiast.

So, now that we have covered all the stages of planning this new adventure the departure day arrived and we were ready to go.  We were up at 5 a.m., ate, packed daisy (our RoadTrek 190 and with coffee cups filled were on the road by 10 a.m.  Emma was ready at 5 with her Frisbee and nyla-bone by the door but we needed our coffee time, lol.

Here is a video of some of the roads less traveled.

Music: Acoustic Breeze – Bensound.com

If you by chance didn’t see a part please click on one of the links below and be whisked directly there,

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  1. TheresaBarker

    Hi! is the video missing? Was looking forward to it! ah, Emma, all ready to go. I can just imagine her. I like your curiosity and concern about the pipeline spill. Looking forward to more!

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  2. J.J Sylvester

    ha ha the sun’s glare in the window at the end was a nice touch. Nice video. I feel so relaxed now. Don’t know if that’s a good thing as I have tons of stuff to do around the house lol.

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  3. Ann McDunn

    A very nice blog to read and the video is beautiful, a real little roadmovie, and when you both see it again, it brings you a lot of memories.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Robbie. Yes it was distressing when we read about it. There is a good ending to it though which we’ll talk about and share in pictures with our next post.

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  4. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    You guys stole my evening with a link – lol. I clicked to see your RoadTrek 190 and ended up hyperfocusing on RV living YouTubers and their rigs — some large, many tiny, and a few who lived full time in vans and cars (!) – because they had what they called “itchy feet” and didn’t want to be tied to a stationary abode and wanted to live off-road. Fascinating lifestyles.

    My friend Sam called to see how I was holding up trapped inside in the rain (solid since we got back), or I might never have made it back here until daybreak. 🙂

    I think your 190 would be a vehicle I would love – big enough but not overpowering or horribly expensive to operate.

    Questions:
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    * Have you written a post about how you make it work for two, what features you find most important, and any you miss, etc.?
    * What’s the longest period you have “homed” in it?
    * Could you see yourselves becoming full-time trekkers? Considerations?
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    “what path do we want to take there that may offer the most opportunity for spontaneity?” – what a great way to decide! I agree with Margaret from soulfood101blog – back roads are the best way to get to a destination – but setting out with the idea of going with the flow sounds like marvelous fun (and very compelling).

    The Sunoco pipeline leak is concerning – I agree. It’s scary that we read many reports of contamination of this type, and I’m sure there are others that don’t make the news. Makes me wonder who’s watching the store! Surely they had to pay for clean up, etc. – but the toxins will remain for years.

    As always, loved the video (and the music). We just traveled roads that looked similar and it made me want to go back to that cabin! Thanks again for sharing your travels with the rest of us.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Aren’t these RoadTreks amazing. When we got back from our 30 day, Sept 2016 tenting journey we knew we wanted to explore more and they offered what we needed. It was so funny because we were willing to purchase it anywhere but found one almost in our back yard. Yes, you gave us some great ideas for post on how two adults and a 60 pound chocolate lab make it work in such a small space, its features, figuring time on the road and home in between and our goals. This is good food for thought, thank you. Sounds like both our areas are getting continuous rains and cold. We are looking so forward to sunshine and dry.

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    • J.J Sylvester

      “It takes a village to educate the world” I like that. Full-time trekkers, interesting. Now I’m looking this up there must be tons of vids out there.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Yes, we love Madelyns site and her expressions. There are so many folks that are down sizing and doing what we are. Its amazing how once you get out there and start exploring how intoxicating it can be.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Thanks J.J. (my sister Jaye’s childhood nickname, btw).

        As for tons of videos about “location independent” living, there ARE! In cars, vans, RV’s, modified trucks, boats of various types, and even more – vids of their travels, triumphs and travails, as well as how they outfitted their rigs for full time living, and how they manage the daily logistics the rest of us take for granted – solo, partnered and even with kids!

        Don’t even go look unless you have a free evening – lol.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        When we took our first cross country tour in Sept of last year we never realized how big the camping world is and the diversity is incredible and all share the same desire and that is to explore and share. It sure has taken hold of us in wonderful ways. Plus look at all the awesome people we get to meet on wordpress.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I agree, the blogging community is a delight – and a godsend for folks who live alone, are housebound or live far off the beaten path (mobile or otherwise).

        Everything I have read about and by the road warriors has led me to believe I’d love hanging out with any one of them!
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Wouldn’t it be great someday for all of us to convene somewhere for a big meeting of everyone we have gotten to know. What a wealth of knowledge that would be in that room.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I think we’d need at least a week – and sessions (like a conference) – where we could all share. Then we’d need another week just to talk and laugh together. Shoot! Let’s make it a month so we could add in some activities!
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We agree!!!! Wouldn’t this be great! Sessions where we could share our life’s lessons and teaching with one another on this journey we are all on. I believe we could make this happen!!! “The First Annual…”

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        NOT IT! ::whew:: I believe I called it first and those are the rules, right? 🙂

        I’d love to attend and would be thrilled to share, but I don’t want to get stuck with the admin involved in setting things up anymore – I’ve done waaay more than my share there already.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We hear you. We sure do know that feeling. The hardest lesson I learned in life was keeping quite around the board room table. Who ever opened up first usually ended up with the job. Who knows maybe we’ll coordinate it.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Any writers involved will surely promote it widely – I have found them to be the most generously supportive souls in the blogging community.

        In the conferences I have been associated with in the past, getting folks there while keeping everything affordable *while* they’re there is the usually the biggest challenge.

        When I lived in Knoxville, for example, (so proud of their gazillion dollar conference center), I could never do a conference there myself because they seemed to believe that conference attendees would take the time to DRIVE in – it’s almost impossible to get a direct flight to K-town, and pricey, even when you have to hop around!

        Mountain retreats are often the most affordable, but you can’t get your people in and out cheaply.

        Vegas is set up for affordable conferences with really cheap flights from almost anywhere, of course, but the ADD planners went all “big brother” and didn’t think it was a good idea for impulsive ADDers to be tempted to gamble. 🙂

        Yeah! A camel is a horse designed by committee. NOT IT! 🙂 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        LOL, “a camel is a horse designed by committee”. Love it!!!!! There are so many variables in putting something together isn’t there. We’re in the process of putting a small magnetic sign on our “daisy” van with our logo. We figure we’ll run into others from wordpress in our travels. There are lots we are learning.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I popped for two of those van signs to help market my coaching biz – RIGHT before I got mugged, had to move, and lost my domain name because I couldn’t re-up during all the agita (which also changed my email address).

        I never even got to use the darned things! One of them is now living sideways on my big file cabinet. 🙂

        If you haven’t ordered it yet, keep in mind that you want to be able to keep it on your van even if life changes a few details – the fewer of those on the sign, the better.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Your whole life got turned upside down that night. I have seen this so many times and my heart hurts for those that become the victim of any crime. The wake of devastation is incredible. Yes, this is why we are pausing with moving on the signs. Its a big step.

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  5. poeturja

    Ah, your video makes me a bit homesick for the state of my birth. Saddened to hear, though, that 55,000 gallons of gasoline are leaking from a pipeline. As Pete Seeger says, “When will they ever learn…?”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Wonderfully put by Seeger and recalled by you. Awesome recall Clarissa. It is neat to learn that you are familiar with PA and that you grew up there. Small world isn’t it.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        It was amazing to read about but as we explored it more and more they were able to fix things pretty quick. The government is starting to really hit the oil companies with big fines for spills like this. Its incentive for companies to address the matter quickly rather then spend millions on law suits.

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  6. travelsidenotes

    Wow, so happy I found your blog. I love discovering USA spots off the usual areas. Can’t wait for the next parts! I have been in the Lancaster area once, but not nearly long enough to get a real idea of what this place feels like

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    • usathroughoureyes

      We were just going through your site and we are so excited about connecting with you. Its going to be awesome to see the world through your eyes and words. You are keeping the bar high for places we want to visit.

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  7. Margaret from soulfood101blog

    I love those roads too, The roads less traveled. Hubby is finally coming around. He always like to take the highways and interstates UNTIL we get to our destinations. He said its’ faster. A pure act of God proved hubby wrong a few years ago. We are leaving in about a week to take a trip and this time he said, “we’ll take the back roads like you like” Thank you God!!!! But I can imagine a bigger vehicle like yours would make it challenging. We like Tennessee and in our regular size car takes up the whole road, on lots of those back roads. I just always pray to be on the inside( against the mountain) when there is traffic coming the other way because someone definitely has to pull over lol. I don’t like doing that when I’m on the outside (the side that’s hanging off the mountain) LOL

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    • usathroughoureyes

      LOL about how God got him to see those back road benefits. What we enjoy about our little Roadtrek is how we can wiggle down those narrow roadways and squeeze into those small off road parking spots yet inside we have all the creature comforts we need. We sure can understand what you are saying about being on the inside of those mountain roads. We have held our breath on some of the mountain roads we’ve been on praying not to have the tire catch a soft shoulder and be in the valley below till God knows when, lol.

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      • Margaret from soulfood101blog

        True story, God did show him :):) We were on our way home, on an interstate, dozens of lanes, uhhh I dislike it so much. I’m expressing how I wish we would just get off at an exit, take the country roads. He’s telling me it’s slower, will add hours. All the sudden it start pouring rain, torrential. The traffic comes to a complete stop. 6 lanes on our side, bumper to bumper, no moving. I can see an off-ramp. We sat there in that traffic, that rain, moving inches at a time. I told him(since I was driving) that when we got to that off ramp, I was getting off. We did AND we made it home in the same amount of time ;););) That’s Divine nudging, right there, AND about a mile after the off-ramp, it was sunny and clear ;):) I feel you on the breath holding lol been there. I’m afraid of heights too. I always drive to our destination. Hubby always drives after we get there, so guess who is always on the outside, hanging off, looking down :):)

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Love your writing Margaret. We can relate to your story in soooo many ways as we are reading tears of laughter are streaming down our faces, lol. God has such a great sense of humor doesn’t He.

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  8. GP Cox

    Thank you for once again transporting back in time. I felt I was in the back seat of the car on my way to my favorite places in upstate New York.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      We love it. Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts. It is so nice when we can share stories that bring back memories and also create connections with friends new and old.

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      • GP Cox

        I agree. It’s also nice to make a connection with a fellow blogger rather than just “Nice post”…..

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We agree completely. We are learning so much and want you to know we appreciate your hard work in bringing this information to us. God knows the schools are forgetting too.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        We so fully agree. It saddens us deeply how things that were are being rewritten. This is why sites like yours giving accounts of reality are so important. The truth needs to be told otherwise we will never know where we have been to know where we need to go. Like when they wanted to re-write the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima so it would be politically correct.

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