Day 25 – Stand By Me

When the night has come and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No, I won’t be afraid, oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me – Ben E King

We got off to an early start, knowing we had a long walk ahead of us.  We were rewarded with astounding scenery.

A mountain waterfall.

Or just the centerpiece of a mini-golf course

Perhaps the belly fat is from all of the pie? Also, wouldn’t it have been easier to have the hours posted as “Open daily from 7 to 3”?

Based on the image, I’m thinking “Healthy to Almost Dead” would be a better name.

Daffodils are coming out announcing the arrival of Spring-like weather

Looking out over the rolling hills after reaching the summit of our final eastern mountain range

Passing through Mt. Pleasant, we stopped to use the bathroom and rest.  At the gas station, we met Nate. He said he had always dreamed of doing a walk like this.

Nate

He filled up all of our empty water bottles and hung out with us for a bit.  Another man overheard our conversation, walked up and put $5 in John-Michael’s hand.  He said he was a truck driver and knew it was tough out there on the road.  As we were thanking him, he walked off with just a wave and was gone. Thanks for the gift, mystery man.

Outside of Mt. Pleasant, we began to worry that we took a wrong turn at some point after seeing Lady Liberty perched in someone’s yard.

Lady Liberty had us confused for a bit

Fortunately, it turns out it’s a replica.  We were not back in New York City.

After several more miles, we stopped in the parking lot of a post office to rest and have a snack.  While there, a man named Tim pulled up, asked us what we were doing, and then sat down on the asphalt to talk.

Tim. We’ll be seeing more of him shortly.

We asked him if he knew of a place we could stay in the area.  He threw a few ideas out, talking more to himself than us, and then an idea came to him.  He told us to stay where we were.  He was going to run into the post office, then drive down the road to see if a friend of his would let us stay on his property.

Tim came back a few minutes later with a big smile and a thumbs-up.  He told us where to go and wished us well.  We told him if he was bored, he should stop by later.

We arrived at Stand By Me Farm and were greeted by chickens, guineafowl, goats, and donkeys.  Tara was in heaven.  We also met the owner, David, who was a great host and had done extensive road traveling back in the 70’s.

David

Guineafowl

Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. What does a kid eat?

After sitting down to eat while waiting for the sun to get lower on the horizon and the day to cool off, Tim showed up with his friend Marion.  A bit later, Marion’s wife, Jacqulyn, joined us and brought her fencing sword.  She’s quite the accomplished fencer.

Am I even holding this right?

She also brought us fruit, granola bars, and water from a nearby spring.  Then David came out to see if we needed anything and brought us out a delicious homemade meal and some chocolates for dessert.  We all hung out for a bit, had a few laughs, and shared stories as the sun set.  We were overwhelmed by the kindness of the great people in Tarrs, PA.

Tim, Marion, Jacqulyn, and David. Tim insisted on going shirtless to add to the ambiance of the photograph.