We're in a non-coastal state!
We crossed the Delaware River the other night, which meant we had made it to Pennsylvania! Since we both grew up in PA, we were very excited to be in our home state! Crossing the PA state line also meant we had made it to the first state that does not touch the ocean, so we're making progress!
Then the heat wave hit, and as crazy as we are, we knew there was no way for us to walk in that heat, so we have taken a few rest days to beat the heat and we'll be back on the road tomorrow.
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be in PA and looking forward to a sharp decline in the amount of hills and bears that we encounter once we're across the state and entering Ohio. Just kidding, we haven't met any bears yet! When you're camping though, we've found a couple things that sound like bears, but are not. Here are some videos we found on youtube that exemplify our (hopefully not growing) list of those things.
-Growling raccoon (One of these angry dudes was *right* outside of our tent!)
-Snorting deer (Yes it doesn't sound that dramatic, but 9 hours of that outside your tent is pretty freaky)
We're having tons of fun but the walking is hard, especially when it is so hot out and there are so many hills! We've been able to do over 20 miles in a day but it basically takes from sunrise to sunset. We will be able to increase our pace after we are out of such hilly terrain and the weather starts to cool off a bit. But for now, we're toughing it out and trying to get in at least 15 miles per day.
We'll keep you updated on our travels across Pennsylvania. Two places you should check out for more frequent updates are our Twitter and Flickr feeds. We try to update those at least once per day while we're walking.
We don't always have cell service or a full battery, but we love hearing from all of you. The texts, phone calls, and emails have helped keep us sane through the raccoon and deer encounters, rain storms, heat waves, and hills. Please keep in touch!
Jade & Evan
PS: Here's a picture of us on the bridge crossing the Delaware and entering PA!
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