It was going to be in the 90s today so I left at 6:30 am while it was still cool. The last week of August traffic was de minimus leaving NYC and I was early to the NJ rendezvous.
Rob & I jumped on the interstate for 100 miles then turned north into PA coal country. We climbed the mountains of slate and coal in Frackville, Ashland, and finally Centralia. We pulled off of ‘new’ Rt 61 onto ‘destroyed’ Rt 61.You carefully ride the warped half looking over at the melted half and it’s hot fissures. After visiting the overgrown plots that were homes, we headed west to Shamokin for a bite. Several eateries were closed Sunday and Monday but we found a deli. Even though it was 10:30, we both ordered steak sandwiches, ate, and then headed down 125. The road was in good shape and we slowly passed the farms. The temperature rose as we dropped down in altitude and we turned east for home.