Over and Under the Turnpike

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After a wet night in Ohio, Pennsylvania welcomed us back with cloudy arms. It even rained some, just for us. For most of the trip through, we were on US Route 30 – the Old Lincoln Highway, though we started on the Turnpike.

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One of our first stops was the Flight 93 memorial.

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Which we both thought was really nicely done. I (Eric) had been to it before they built anything like what’s there now was built. All that existed was a shed and a chain-link fence. Needless to say, this is much better. Though, I wish they would have preserved the original somehow.

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Route 30 is certainly not at kitchy as Route 66, but it’s got some history and some lovely spots, like Lookout Point, where once stood the Grand View Ship Hotel.

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And this is not to say that Route 30 is somber.

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Certainly not.

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The gem of this day was most definitely the abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Thirteen miles near Breezewood were rerouted, leaving two tunnels to decay on their own.

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I’m really happy that we got to see this. I visited the place in 2007ish, but Sarah never got the chance.

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The weather was muggy and hot, so the innards of the tunnel were a welcomed reprieve. Of course, we didn’t continue all the way through – just a couple of hundred yards (if that).

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The farther we went, the less graffiti we saw.

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But we couldn’t resist this vicious squirrel. Oh no.

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And soon we were again on our way to our destination – Gettysburg.

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Well, technically we stayed 14 miles away at Caledonia State Park, but we wanted to catch the sunset from Little Route Top.

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Unfortunately, the clouds weren’t cooperating and this is all we got. Hopefully next time…

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