SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, PA
We’ve passed through Binghamton, famous for its SUNY NCAA hockey team that often makes the Frozen Four. After crossing the headwaters of the Susquehanna River and just over the border in Pennsylvania, we stopped for gas and lunch at a Tim Horton’s that was attached to a convenience store.
For those of you wondering about the Leatherstocking region of NY its name comes from a James Fenimore Cooper novel The Leatherstocking Tales, a story about a character named Natty Bumppoo. I have never read the book.
The Mohawk Indians, whose land this was before the white man arrived, wore stockings made of leather to protect their calves from brambles and thorns.
The region is known for its farms, fresh produce, festivals, small towns, and lakes and rivers.
At Tim Hortons a group of elderly people were laughing and speaking loudly in Chinese. An old man was buying Monopoly tickets at a vending machine. At the Shaw’s supermarket in Wilmington, VT I am always asked if I’m playing Monopoly and I say no then offer my ticket to the person behind me in line.
A tattooed young man flirts with the two heavyset girls behind the counter.
Across the street a tobacco shop named Smokin’ Joes is next door to Tobacco Junction.
We are back on the road at 2:30. It has stopped spitting snow and the sun is peaking through the clouds.