(Ron Writing) We had planned to spend a few days around Lancaster to see a whole list of places we wanted to visit. But this morning it just felt too much like winter. The temperature was down in the mid 30’s and it was raining. The weather forecast was for more of the same for the next several days. Our trailer does not handle freezing temperatures very well and we don’t like to get involved with ice and snow. So we made a new plan.
We left Lancaster, PA heading west on US-30 to the Gettysburg area, then south on US-15 to Emmitsburg, MD. We drove on Hwys 140 and 60 to Hagerstown, MD and then picked up I-70 west. I-70 is marked as a scenic route and it is a beautiful drive that runs parallel to the Pennsylvania/Maryland border just inside Maryland. The fall colors were beautiful and the drive is through some beautiful hills with farms and forests.
A short distance east of the Maryland/West Virginia border we headed south on US-219 to Oakland, WV. We stopped at a Wal*Mart, obtained permission to park for the night and had dinner. Then, doing some weather checks on the internet we found that the forecast was for freezing temperatures and up to two inches of snow overnight. Oakland is close to 3,000 feet elevation which makes it somewhat colder and more prone to snow than lower elevations. So we decided to do something we almost never do and that is to travel at night.
We left Oakland about 7:30 PM and headed south on US-219 to Redhouse and then west on US-50 to Clarksburg. Clarksburg is much lower in elevation. This is a drive through some pretty rugged mountainous areas and it took us about two hours to drive the 65 miles. We arrived at Sam’s Club in Clarksburg around 9:30. We had rain most of the way but at least no snow!