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Memories of Pennsylvania come back to me as we set our wheels westward pressing for home. My last visit to Pennsylvania was to a little coal town called Commodore, where we visited my husband’s daughter Kathryn McCracken. It was green and hilly and pretty. I remember also that you could not buy a bottle of milk, in 1970, on a Sunday, near Commodore. We had to drive to a nearby city for milk, I think it was Punxsutawney, a considerable distance in any case. The neighbor children in Commodore came to gawk at my husband, a man who drank beer. They hadn’t seen one before, but knew of a black sheep uncle who drank beer. Commodore is part of the  “Bible Belt”.

From Newburgh, N.Y. to Towanda PA is approximately 150 miles. We headed out early with good weather. As usual, Jim checked the tires before we hit the road. One tire had lost half its air. It delayed us an hour to get a new valve extender on the inside wheel of the motorhome. The plan is to drive 150 miles a day until we reach Murphys.
Above, we crossed the Susquehana River leading into Towanda, PA. Nice, green, hilly.  Yesterday was tough because Jim is allergic to bee stings and his leg, for the second time on this trip, swelled up and became heated and painful from a bee sting. We stopped at a drug store for benydryl. He spent the evening with ice on his elevated leg. Not fun.

Towanda has pictures of their hometown heroes on each lamppost. It is a well meant gesture but it seemed grim to me to look everyday at a banner cemetery. Heroes they are, but constant reminders, I don’t know how I would feel about that if it was my son’s picture on that lamp post?
Our intended billet for the night was too steep and we had to change plans somewhat. All in all it was one of those kind of difficult days that every traveler experiences. But, hey,  99% of the time, things go quite well. Its still happy traveling.

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I’ve Had Better Days…

Jim says:

Yesterday was not one of my better days. I had a miserable night’s sleep because of the several bee stings on my left ankle area. The calf on my left leg was so painful, hot, hard and itchy. In addition it was very swollen like an overstuffed sausage that it felt like it might burst. It was most uncomfortable! If you follow my Blog postings on a regular basis you’ll remember that I went through the very same process of several bee stings on my lower right leg just a few weeks back. It’s been years since I’ve had an insect sting of any kind…now I’ve had two this summer.

My left leg calf is noticeably larger than my right,

Nonetheless the show must go on. In our case that means heading down the highway. During my pre-departure inspection I noticed one of the motorhome tire pressure indicators was showing yellow meaning I had a tire that was low on air. Great…just what I needed. I fired up my computer on got on Google Earth to find a tire repair place. I lucked out finding one only a few miles away in the direction we wanted to go. Rapid Tire Repair found that the extender had loosened up and cause the loss air. I had them replace the extenders on both of the inside dual tires and we finally got on our way at 10:30 AM.

Part of the process of installing the new extender .

With my leg still bothering me, we traveled the first 100 miles on Interstate 84 to Scranton, Pennsylvania where we got on U.S. Highway 6. We will be on Route 6 all the way through Pennsylvania…which means for the next two days. It’s a nice older highway in good condition with light traffic.

Once we found our parking spot near the American Legion at Towanda, Pennsylvania, I took to bed because of my leg. Mary assisted me in elevating the leg and applying an ice pack. That in combination with taking Benadryl and Ibuprofen. I spent the rest of the day in that manner, some times sleeping or reading.

Another restless night of sleeping. This morning the leg is somewhat better but still not in its normal condition. Just like yesterday, the show must go on and we’ll hit the road again later this morning. Like the song says…some days are diamonds, some days are dust. Fortunately I have very few dust days.

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