Pleasant Gap Travel Blog› entry 17 of 70 › view all entries
Already late by night when we were passing nearby Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania.
We left quite early from Dayton but stopped by the Air Force Museum and spent there most of the midday before finally hit the road without yet fully knowing where we would be heading at. Driving by Columbus and then further as we would think would be Pittsburgh. We thought of either sleeping in Pittsburgh or at best stopping by for lunch or having a look at the city... but it became clear we wouldn't make it while it was still going to be daylight.
So we contacted the people from Pittsburgh as we also noticed that it would be out of the way to drive to Pittsburgh of quite several miles. So we just kept going straight to take a State Highway in the middle of Pennsylvania instead with the aim to go direct to New Jersey.
The State Highway, not fully built, also had tons of construction but nearly no traffic whatsoever. So it was stressless despite the slow driving. We had the chance to see the sunlight disappear over the Adirondacks as we drove further east, which was also the furthest east Megan had ever driven so far. After some hours we reached the Interstate 99 in Altoona and went north to join the other road to New Jersey. The highway wasn't all complete so somewhere near Tyrone we drove off and found ourselves taken in the middle of a Police and Emergency truck parade, with lights and syren all along, strange as we tried to follow it for a moment before losing track of them. We just decided to keep going until State College, were we took a lunch break and filled up the car.
Megan took up driving from there and we were back on the highway before I started to lay down on the seat to sleep a little and suddenly, wham, Megan scream and the car zigzag... wondering what happened and confused as she is cursing and talk loud. I make her pull over and look around the car.... yep, the newly bought bumper in Decatur Illinois is all broken to the point it was before we bought that new one.
It lasted about 5 days to buy a new bumper to the car as a piece's missing on the driver wheel side.
We drove a little back to see the dead culprit, a fat raccoon laying dead on the road with a piece of bumper.
Megan's cursing and feel sad.
Its crap, a dead raccoon and money thrown away...