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A Day In Philly
On To Bedford
1 Flag, 3 Fires, & Some Magic Springs
Bridges, Bomb, Bowl
The weather was great for my last day on the road. The day included finding that elusive Blaine Bridge mile
marker and driving around a bomb threat in Cambridge.
Touching the eastern terminus of the Lincoln Highway has been a goal but
one that I was (rightfully so, I think) a little fearful of. It's done and
wasn't quite as bad as I had imagined but was close enough. I've now driven
the Lincoln between Times Square and Cindy's Diner and can now drive
beyond Fort Wayne with a clear conscious.
In Wheeling, rain turned the 4th of July fireworks into the 5th of July
fireworks and I was there as the rocket's red, green, and white glare lit
up the old suspension bridge.
Before leaving town, I peeked inside the reopened Bedford Springs Resort
and checked out a museum. I didn't find that big celebration (I wasn't looking very hard.) so spent
a quiet (except for an occasional bang) evening in Greensburg after a
quiet day driving in spotty rain.
I was inside the Shoe, chatted with a former neighbor, and got a picture
of a previously passed pump. A little rain at the end of the day did no
Even though I didn't get inside Independence Hall, I saw a lot of history
-- and a lot of traffic -- today.
No time for a prelude. The trip's under way and I'm still not entirely
sure what I'm doing. Long time readers may recall some trips where I stretched
my travel dollar by tacking vacation on the end of a business trip.
After I get the company's work done, I get to spend some time some there
without paying the cost of getting there. An exploitable situation hasn't
come up in a while but now I'm in New Jersey during the run up to a holiday
weekend. The trip was to happen three weeks ago but the fellow I was to
meet had to see one of his customers in Ohio! Next I was on vacation then
he was. So Sunday saw me driving toward the environs of New York City for
some software testing. I guessed the job would take two days but might take
three. Four seemed very unlikely. If the two day guess was right, maybe I
could tag the east end of the Lincoln Highway and follow it to at least
Lancaster; my most eastern Lincoln Highway point to date. If it was three
or even four, I could replace the Lincoln with US-22 and have
enough time to follow it from end to end. The
fact that the Lincoln Highway route would take me right through Philadelphia
caught my eye. Surely the birthplace of U.S. independence would have some
sort of special shindig on Independence Day.
But I was taken entirely by surprise and found my chores done after just
one day. The test setup was nearly ideal. There was a machine available
and dedicated to the task along with a very cooperative fellow who knew exactly how to
operate it. There were problems, of course, but they got solved and Monday
evening found me trying to plan a road trip launch. There is clearly
enough time for that Lincoln Highway thing.