Day 5 – June 8

Day 5 – 160 miles


Sleeping on the train was not as peaceful and relaxing as I had hoped.  It rained all night causing the train to lurch and lung often feeling like it was coming off the tracks.  Needless to say, we got up early for breakfast.  The dining car was already pretty crowded.  Seems we were not the only sleepless travelers.

Our breakfast buddies were bikers from Florida headed north on a pleasure ride.  Laconia bike rally was not in their plans.  He rode a BMW and his companion, Kim rode a Moto Guzzi.   Here’s a shout-out to Kim!  Hey!  We shared our travel plans with them, which included our scheduled stop in Lititz, PA,  the #1 Best Small Town in America, population 9,385.  Lo and behold, he was from Lititz.  Now, how likely is it that!

Lititz was founded by the Moravian church in 1756.  It was named after a castle in Bohemia.  For 100 years only Moravians were allowed to live there.  Today Lititz is known for the Wilbur Chocolate factory, one which rivals Hershey or so they say.  It is said that when the wind is blowing the right direction the whole town smells like chocolate.

After breakfast, we returned to our cabin to pack and prepare to depart.  The train arrived Lorton, VA at 8am and we were back on the road at 9:25am.  No muss, no fuss!  Traffic was thick around Washington, D.C. but as soon as we cleared the metro area it thinned out and from there on it was smooth sailing.  Next stop Gettysburg, PA for lunch.

This year is the 150 anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – July 1-3, 1863.  Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War.  There will be a huge Gettysburg re-enactment July 1-2-3.  Sorry we’re going to miss that!

In York we stopped at the Laugerman HD dealership to get Frank’s clutch lever adjusted.  The staff there in the service department were exceptionally nice.  If you’re ever in York stop by and visit.  They have a very impressive Harley Davidson museum on site.   Here’s a shout-out to those guys!   Hey!   If, while in York, you have the time, you can schedule a tour of the Harley Davidson Factory which is right down the street from the dealership.

After leaving York, we meandered around the countryside for awhile and decided to spend the night in Ephrata, 10 miles outside Lititz.

Pennsylvania is a very picturesque state. Tomorrow we’re going to mount the GoPro and take some video.


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