Mile marker 262 of any stretch of highway is as good a place stop as any other.
On the eastbound trip along I-80 into NYC, one knows there’s only fifty more miles of Pennsylvania. Better start prepping your mind and your bladder for the descent into the City.
On the westbound journey, one pulls over to steel themselves in the face of the 262 miles of Pennsylvania that lies ahead.
“It’s sooooo long,” people you talk to always seem to know the exact mileage, “311 miles!” And it not just any 311 miles of Pennsylvania, it’s 311 miles of Pennsylvania laid out as to avoid major population centers. You’ll pass by such landmarks as State Game Lands Number 331 and State Game Lands Number 54. The cruel joke here is the original name of the highway was the Keystone Shortway. “You want the shortest way through Pennsylvania? Well, it’s 311 miles. Fuck you. Call it the Shortway, you rest stop fouling bitch!”
“Shortway…” you grovel.
“Good. That’s how Pennsylvania likes its motorists.” Continue reading