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Day 43 – Across the Alleghenies

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Day 43 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

I’m beginning my 7th day in a row of a migraine of varying degrees. From faint to extreme, but always there.  I’ve been ignoring it as much as possible, though that is why my posts have been so sporadic of late. I’ve been resting!  I’m not looking for any sympathy as I lived with them long enough. I’m just explaining why my stops and pictures have been limited as of late.  Unfortunately, it has rained at some point almost every day or evening, which has caused much of the trouble. It is raining again now. It has to be sunny sooner or later!

French Asylum

As with the previous week, I don’t have much to share today.  Aside from driving and resting, I made just one stop.  I visited the French Asylum near Durrell, Pennsylvania.  According to Reader’s Digest, in 1793, “several prominent Philadelphians sympathetic to royalists displaced by the French Revolution purchased land in the Susquehanna Valley and made it a refuge for exiled aristocrats.”

The settlement only lasted a few years as the land company filed for bankruptcy and many of the members returned to France when Napoleon granted the exiles amnesty in 1803. None of the original 30 log structures remain, though a reconstructed circa 1790 log cabin has been relocated to the site to house certain artifacts pertaining to the settlement.  

French Asylum in Pennsylvania

The historic site was somewhat out of the way, hidden between farmland peppered with red barns and the river’s shore.  Petey found some stinky poo in the surrounding field to roll in vigorously while Scout wandered into a nearby barn to find some cat food.  The farmer was not too happy. Maybe I should have taken the entire day off!

Actually, I have no more time for rest. I’m currently a day behind schedule which puts me home on Christmas Eve. I need to pic up the pace to give myself one day to shop and to wrap presents.

Currently, I’m hanging out at the Walmart in Mansfield.  I got the dogs out just before the rainstorm arrived, though Petey could stand to get another wash from the rain shower.  Even Scout is avoiding him by taking over the back seat! ETB

Map of My Road Trip Across the USA

For a summary about my road trip across the USA, click HERE. For the interactive map, see the below link.

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Beth Bankhead

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8 thoughts on “Day 43 – Across the Alleghenies

  1. eth, when you get to Flagstaff, Az. Carey and her family will be living in SnowFlake which is close to the plasces you will be going …they would love to see you. Will send address and phone when I have it. They are moviong this week

    1. Tried imitrex. On maxalt. Problem is I have to lie down which is sometimes a difficult option midday. And if I wale up with headache no chance of getting rid of it.

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