“Weight Limit 5 tons”.
What was that? We were at the end of our day’s travel and only a couple of miles from our destination at a Harvest Host site outside of Cooperstown.
Down that weight-restricted road.
Since our truck and rig weighs about 9 tons, we called our host for the night to ask what was ahead of us. He was confused about the sign, saying he had taken full dump trucks up and down that road. Since this was the north entrance, we looked at the south entrance to the road. It crossed a bridge that CoPilot (our RV-customized navigation software) gave no information about, which usually means it's OK, but not always. We opted to drive south to cross the bridge and, while driving called the local Sheriff’s office to get more info. They had none.
As we approached the bridge, we breathed a sign of relief when it was a 13-ton limit. A short distance and no more restrictions later, we were greeted by our host in person and backed into a full hook-up site for the next 2 nights. Later, we drove the road and saw nothing that was weight limited on its full length, but we would have had an even more stressful arrival if we had seen the weed-obstructed 5-ton limit sign that we had missed on our journey north on the road.
Instead, we visited the nearby Fly Creek Cider Mill and drove around to the northeast shore of Otsego Lake (which is, by the way the source of the Susquehanna River) to see Hyde Hall within Glimmerglass State Park.
We found this little town park in Bainbridge NY through Passport America, though it is not a typical Passport America campground. The town doesn’t take reservations, and we wanted to stay over the weekend. So we arrived on a Thursday and easily found a spot with water and electric. Although not officially a pull-through site, we were able to enter it as if it were. Very easy. After walking around the park, we discovered there were dozens and dozens of sites available. That must be how they host the FMCA rally each year. When we asked a local what there is to do around Bainbridge, he initially couldn’t think of anything. But then he mentioned a band concert on Friday night. We also discovered a few things on our own.
Leaving Bainbridge on a rainy Monday, we headed to the small town of Saylorsburg on the edge of the Poconos in PA. We planned to stay at the private Silver Valley Campground for 3 nights, expecting to spend one of our days visiting Dave’s Mom and sister in Whitehall. Then we would move to PA Dutch country for the last week before Labor Day.
agreement with Jim Thorpe’s widow to create a memorial for the Olympic athlete. The town’s fortunes rose with the coal mining industry, and, more specifically, the Lehigh Coal and Navigation company during the 1800’s. The wealth generated by the industry was evidenced by the distinctive buildings along main Street.
Moving southwest out of the Poconos, we were headed for a small town between Lebanon, Lancaster and Hershey. The oddly-named Pinch Pond Campground was located on I76 (and we mean ON I76) near the small town of Manheim. As with our previous destinations, we arrived without a specific plan, but developed one day by day. Driving south and west through PA Dutch country we discovered the restored site of the Ephrata Cloister, an early experiment in monastic living that found expression in William Penn’s colony that espoused freedom of religion. We ate fresh ice cream at an Amish dairy farm, and tried some shoofly pie and Lebanon bologna.
Although the temperatures weren’t cooperating, summer was coming to a close. We had one more stop on the road before landing at Pocahontas. On the first of September, we pulled out and headed south for Virginia.