Day 5: Lancaster to York

After I chatted with Jacqueline, I walked a couple of blocks in the rain to a restaurant called The Flying Pigs on Walnut Street. I ordered the Flying Pig sandwich. I loved the pull pork and the sauce on it. When I asked the owner how long they’ve been in business, he told me he’s closing the store either Memorial Day or Fourth of July. I feel it’s such a loss for Lancaster. So I’m urging everyone in Lancaster to go eat there now so that you can save The Flying Pig!

The Flying Pig sandwich

When I came back, I set up my panniers and strapped the rest of my stuff onto the bike. I was wearing my waterproof jacket and pants. The only thing that’s not waterproof are my shoes. I had no way of waterproofing them. After I said goodbye to Luke and Jacqueline I hit the road again.

The rain was drizzling about half of the ride. I took Route 462 all the way to York after passing by Mountville, Columbia, Wrightsville, Hallam, and Yorklyn. All small towns. Sometimes the road didn’t have shoulders so I had to ride on the bumpy sidewalk. A few times I had to walk my bike to cross the busy intersections. From downtown York I rode on the Heritage Rail Trail toward Paul and Jane’s place.

The coolest mailbox

Crossing the Susquehanna River

Heritage Rail Trail

While stopping at a red light. I heard someone calling my name. It was a man in a Subaru. Then it clicked to me that he must be Paul, my Warmshowers host. Paul stopped the car to tell me that he’s getting dinner and gave me directions to his house, which is right off the trail near the 19th mile marker. As I rode on the trail I heard my Chinese name being called. “Haiyang Haiyang”. Who could that be this time? As I thought to myself I saw a bunch of large birds walking around on the other side of the fence. I had no idea at the time but they were all turkeys. They were calling my name! It was the first time I’ve seen turkeys other than on my dinner plate.

Turkeys!

When I arrived at the mile marker, Paul was already waiting for me. I followed his car to his house. I was greeted by Paul’s wife Jane, and another cyclist named Tim, who is also staying here tonight. With the fire place on and a plate of cheese and crackers, we talked in the living room about cycling and other stories about each other’s lives.

Tim is a 32 year old English cyclist who has been biking on the road for three years around the world! He has a website called reading2reading.com that documents his trip. I told Tim and Paul about the headwind coming from the west that I was fearing. Both of them assured me that everything will be ok since people have done it before. This made me feel better about going west.

While Jane had to go to a meeting, Paul, Tim, and I split a large bowl of salad and a huge calzone. I never had a calzone before and it was delicious!

First time eating a calzone

Tim is going to Lancaster the next day so I connected him with Amelia. I think Amelia will enjoy Tim’s stories. I also called my parents in Pittsburgh to ask them if Jacqueline can stay with them next month since she'll be visiting University of Pittsburgh. They said yes. I’m glad to have helped since Amelia helped me.

Paul wanted to tell me a better way of going to Silver Spring, MD, where I will be staying with my good friend, Brandi, and her fiancĂ©e Judy for a day or two. I’ll have to figure that out tomorrow morning.

I took a much needed shower and then talked with Jane and Tim while Paul went to bed. I was surprised that Jane said I was very analytical and mathematical just by looking at my photographs. As it turns out, she worked as a special education teacher. I told Jane and Tim about my idea of running for a political office in the future. My next chance will have to be in 2022.

At 10:30 PM, Tim went to bed. And at 11, Jane went to bed. It’s almost midnight, I went to bed, too.

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