All good things must come to end, we suppose. And so it is that we are concluding our series — Road Trip 2020 — with this last post. And what a trip it has been: Knoxville, TN; Staunton, VA; Gettysburg, PA; and on to the Eastern Shore of Maryland before looping back home. We took side roads and lesser highways just so we could roll down the windows, smell the fresh air, and see what there is to see in America’s small towns and byways. A rich experience for us, and by no means hurried or filled with a preset itinerary.
And since there was time for old-fashioned lollygagging, we offer up four places we found mostly by accident. Places we explored for a short while and then moved on to our spend-the-night destinations.
Now, be prepared. Often these photos are less than stellar. After all, I used the hang-the-camera-out-the-window-and-click trick as Bert kept driving. But we have memories just the same. And we’re sharing them with you.
Loys Station Covered Bridge, near Thurston Maryland
Traveling north on Highway 15, we saw signs near Thurston, Maryland, touting the covered bridges of Maryland. So we veered off the main road to see one: Loys Station. Called a “multiple king post wooden covered bridge,” Loys Station was originally built in 1848, reinforced between 1929-30, but partially destroyed by an arsonist fraudulently trying to collect insurance money. The bridge has been tastefully (and strongly) rebuilt, making it a site worth seeing — and driving through. The park next to it is a lovely place for sitting and watching the cars go by!
Amish Country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
After leaving Gettysburg, we followed Highway 30 to Lancaster County, PA, home of the Amish. Fortunately for us, it was Sunday, and families were walking home dressed in their Sunday best along the highway running through Intercourse, PA. Or traveling in horse-drawn carriages. We respected their wishes for privacy by never leaving our car, but we couldn’t help taking a few photos as we drove past, photos that are shaky at best, but still capturing the simple life in Lancaster County.
Assateague National Seashore
Although we only had time for a quick drive-through here as well, we captured a bit of the natural landscape at Assateague on the way to the Eastern Shore. Of course, we wanted to see the ponies! The first goal was easy to attain — even by staying in the car. We gazed longingly at marshlands, bird sanctuaries, and landscapes that went on as far as the eye could see. But we don’t have much to show for our efforts. The ponies we’d heard so much about were quite a distance away. And I’m hardly skilled at taking shots of birds in still positions, let alone in flight. Just know that we came, we saw, and we fell in love with this part of the world, even if pictures don’t reveal the true beauty.
Longwoods School — Talbot County, Maryland
We initially drove past this quaint little red schoolhouse, then looked at each other and said, “What was that?” A quick turn around put us squarely on the property, so we could take a closer look. Beautifully maintained, this 1900 schoolhouse reminds me of what I’ve read and heard about one-room schoolhouses, but what I’ve never seen except in the movies. Thanks, Talbot County, for preserving Longwoods School and reminding us of simpler times.
Thank you, dear readers, for following along on our Road Trip 2020. Even though we can’t travel abroad right now, we’ve found beauty in the U. S. , a beauty that is sometimes best appreciated from the back roads, byways, and waterways.
If you missed any of our posts, they’re all gathered here. Hope you’ve enjoyed traveling with us.
Here’s to more travel in the future . . . fingers crossed!
Rusha & Bert