Monday, December 6
It was quite cold with temperatures in the 20’s when I left Gettysburg in the morning. In addition, a brisk wind blew the entire day making my walk an even more frigid experience - but on the positive side - the wind was to my back and actually helped propel me down the highway. No doubt about it - it was a very cold day!
Twenty-eight miles later and as darkness was falling, I stumbled into York, Pennsylvania, and checked into the Yorktowne - a rather swank hotel right in the center of the city. Normally I would be seeking out a Motel 6 or something of the sort but as there was nothing else available for miles - I decided to go for it and spend the night. Without a doubt, it is the nicest hotel in which I have stayed the entire trip.
Looking rather like a vagabond, I explained what I was doing and to my surprise - the staff happily helped carry my cart up the stairs and into the lobby where it remained for the night. No matter what - rich or poor - its presence always makes for good conversation and I was thankful the staff was so kind. In addition, they gave me a free meal and called the local newspaper providing some additional press exposure for which I am grateful. I was interviewed by telephone and tomorrow they will seek me out along the roadway to get a photograph.
One additional note I wish to make. I am very impressed with the architecture of the many old buildings in York. Though I will be leaving early in the morning, it is definitely a place to which I would like to return to visit for it a city rich in early American history.