Date: 19 April 2011
Woke up in: Warwick Woods, Pennsylvania
Fell asleep in: Dutch Pride Guest House, Manheim, Pennsylvania
Miles ridden: 50
Weather: Rain, rain and more rain
Only two words are needed to describe today: rainy and hilly. The branding on my bicycle claims there’s never a bad time to ride; I’m not sure I’d agree with that…
After a later start than would have been ideal (I tend to find it difficult to get out of a tent when it’s raining outside) we started making our way through (and up, and over, and up again) the pretty woodland and farmland of Berkshire and Lancaster counties. It’s true that the heavy and persistent rain that accompanied our ride did, quite literally, put a dampener on things today. The small window of dry weather we had coincided with the only flat terrain of the day – a very happy 20 minutes!
Still, it’s a very interesting area, full of Mennonite and Amish peoples (if you want to know the difference, like I did, click on this link – http://www.welcome-to-lancaster-county.com/amish-and-mennonites.html ) and if you’re ever in the area, do come and visit: maybe with a car…
We saw a lot of the Amish horse-drawn carts out today; I didn’t take a photo as a)it’s considered rude, and b)I didn’t want my camera to get soaked, but I lifted one off the web as today’s picture of choice.
We’re not camping tonight. Hurrah!