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ENTRY 1229 | JUNE
my mid-twenties, when I was working in Collingswood and Cape May,
New Jersey, I often drove route US 30 from Philadelphia to Bedford,
to avoid the exorbitant (to me, then) tolls on the Turnpike when coming
home for visits with my family on Redmill Road. So I've been in Lancaster
many times, but in reality this is the first time I ever set foot
in it. Maybe I gassed up there once but if that's true I don't remember
it so it hardly counts as actually spending time in Lancaster. The
video below captures much of my first real experience of the city,
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it on YouTube, here.
flew from San Jose to Philadelphia on Thursday, my seventieth birthday,
and after spending the night at a Philadelphia airport hotel, took
the Septa train into the Amtrak station, and thence to Lancaster via
what we old-timers still want to call the PRR mainline. I was surprised
that on Amtrak it's only just over an hour from the Philadelphia terminal
to Lancaster; I feel sure it always took much longer than that to
drive it, but doing that via route 30, suburban traffic all the way,
would explain it.
came for a college reunion in Bird-in-Hand, a village I've been hearing
of much of my life but never visited before today. It's just four
miles west of Intercourse, which I have also heard about often but
have yet to visit. By the way, appropos the final point on the soundtrack
of this 2.10-minute video clip, the normally $7 fare on Septa from
the airport to center city was only $1 for me as a Medicare card holder,
and even Amtrak discounted the $19 adult fare between the two cities
three dollars, even though it does not advertise a seniors' fare rate.