Day 29 - Elkhart to Erie

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
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Trip End Sep 23, 2008


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This morning we had a really interesting experience - we had breakfast in an Amish Restaurant.  We knew we were close by a large Amish community, so before we got underway on our journey, we decided to see if we could see and learn a little more.   No sooner had we got out of the campsite than we had to give way for a horse and carriage.   In fact the town was awash with the vehicles and it was pretty clear who had priority.   It was also a little strange to see whiskered men and ladies in plain clothes, aprons and little white bonnets.   We found out allsorts and if you are interested you really should search out the web - it is quite fascinating.   Curiously, the horse drawn carriages on close inspection all have rear view mirrors, indicators and license plates - we wondered if they had to take a driving test as well.

Did we also tell you that we were in the mecca for RVs?   Well at least we were in the heartland for building them.   Please do not tell anyone with a caravan in UK, but we are both beginning to get the bug for this travelling life!   Perhaps not so much that we would buy one, but who knows after the boat!
 
We pressed on along the back roads taking in some of the Indiana countryside, with its lush fields, tidy homesteads and mature woodland.   We could have travelled through the back roads all day long, but we need to get on if we are to dip our feet in the Atlantic, so as we passed into Ohio we headed back to the I-90 and pressed on eastward, leaving Lake Michigan behind and heading across toward Lake Erie.   Our initial sight of Erie was disappointing.   We expected to travel with a view of it, but the glimpses we got were uninspiring and the industry around Cleveland depressing, so we pressed further, eventually breaking off the Interstate and picking up the Scenic byway that runs along the shoreline.   As we passed out of Ohio and into Pennsylvania we were treated to some more great countryside, dominated by leafy lanes and also dotted with vast swathes of vineyards.   Let's see if we can find a nice bottle for the RV cellar later!
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9535
9535 on

Amish country
Looks like the Ribble Valley but bigger very nice indeed.We had some people in Downham 50 yrs. ago called Todd farmed at Clay House they were the equivillant to amish no Tractors only used horses and went shopping by Pony and trap.
Squeaky Tom Parker from Twiston is still the same.
Nicer views than yesterday !
Love the Blogs DAD xxxxxxxxxxx

amyanddan
amyanddan on

Amish
Wow that looks cool! Me and Pendle could do that hee hee! Hope you three are ok! Looking forward to reading tomorrrows blog x x x x x x x x x x x

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