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10/25/08, North East, PA - It was a windy and rainy night. When I awoke, it was still raining, so I took my time and let the horses eat a little extra hay.  About 10 am, Dave drove me a few miles down the road to an Amish Blacksmith name Chris. Chris agreed to make me up four full sets of #4 draft shoes (for Dolly and Doc) with Drill tex brazed on the bottoms. I stuck around and chatted with the guys in the shop for the next hour and a half while the shoes were made.

While there Randy and his wife stopped by with some gifts for me to include some great homemade pickles and Chili sauce. - Thanks

Chris had a pretty impressive setup in the shop and used a small truck engine to turn a long drive shaft that could be coupled to a variety of metal working machines to include grinders, a drill press, bandsaw, lathe, and a large metal/sheet metal brake.

When I got back to Dave’s place I started packing up and harnessing the horses.  It was about 1:30 pm before we got on the road.  In the next 4 hours we drove about 12 miles, crossing a mile into P.A. in the town of North East.

In Ripley, a nice got stopped and gave us three really good bales of second cut hay. Thanks

I’m staying the night at Larry’s place right on Route 20.  Larry is a great host and treated me to a prime rib dinner.

Tomorrow will be a fairly short run because we need to stop just short of the city of Eire.  I want to be able to traverse the city in the morning hours, so we’re not stuck in the city at the end of the day.

I’ve got nothing but nice words for the good people of extreme southwest NY.

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