WHEN BICYCLING in the mountains we always celebrate crossing the last major hill of the journey, and today I've reached that milestone on my walking trek east. At 2250 feet above sea level in the middle of Pennsylvania, I'm standing on the highest point of I-80 east of the Mississsippi.
There are still 300 miles to cover before I reach New York's Times Square, but at least its mostly downhill from here! You might say I've crossed the eastern continental divide on the Lincoln Highway.
Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State, because it is a geographic bridge between North and South (Mason-Dixon line), and also between the Midwestern states and the Atlantic seaboard. So I'm expecting some dramatic changes ahead as I cross Pennsylvania's rolling mountains, wooded forests, and river valleys. The landscape is full of numerous rivers and mountains and anywhere that isn't a city is a forest. Hence the name Pennsylvania (i.e. William Penn's Woods).
Week 32, Miles 2675, Weather 65F🌥