May 5 to 11, 1811

Pioneers of the West by Helen Lundebergthe rain on the 5th preventd our leaving it: & we considerd it a favour, that it was tolerably comfortable; this being the only day, we have been detaind by the weather, in all our Journey; we think it not cause of complaint, or murmuring:

the mountains on this road are trifling, compared to the other; & it requires only a little exertion in the State to have them soon in excellent order, that there need not be scarce any difficulty in passing along & it is much to be desired on acct of the large numbers of families, that are daily removing; & the multiplicity of waggoners, taking goods into the Country. I regret, that we have not kept an acct of the number of the former, we have met, since our being on our return, but it is not unfrequent to meet three, & six, in a company;

6th tarried at the Inn untill after dinner it raining again in the morning; & then rode 12 miles to Flemings Inn & lodg'd;

on the 7th rode 5 & stopt at Whitticars Inn to breakfast; much against my inclination; Innhoofs Inn we consider the best we have come to; for a considerable distance, it is to be lamented, that there is not greater attention in the Country to Cleanliness, & the right education of their children, for whom my heart, is often clad with mourning.

8th detain'd by rain at our very comfortable resting place; Dillons Inn at Bedford; where soon after we came yesterday afternoon, came a young man, native of Boston, with his wife, whom he married in England & two Children; going to Cincinnata, to look for a Settlement, they were both interresting to us, by the name of Church, & tarrying here, on acct of the lameness of their horses, as well as the rain we pass'd the day pleasantly together, we highly approving of the choice they have made, in regard to a settlement in the united states; & in particular, perfering the state of Ohio

9th parted with them, & pursued our Journey only 14 miles, the road being bad, on acct of the rain that had fallen; & I feeling unusually feeble, lodg'd at Dennisons: by the side of the Juniatta; an indifferent place;

10th left it before breakfast, & pass'd over Rays hill: & Sideling hill, to Reamers Inn, the road being very bad on acct of stones; was trying; but we got safely over it; & had a tolerable breakfast; which riding 9 miles prepared us somewhat for; after which proceeded to Macollins town: 10 miles passd over Scrub ridge, previous to which was a little good road; Prince in the course of one hour, fell prostrate twice; my TR & RI had to disengage him from the waggon, & he then arose without much apparent injury; the picturesque views, that have been presented on the high ground; Illustration from William Cowpers, The Task, Book 5wou'd require the most skilfull Artist: to set forth; & it was with reluctance we passed away from them; during our enjoying the scene: repeatedly came to my mind some lines I think of Cowpers describing the Comforts of a rural life: "His are the mountains & the valleys his; & the resplendant meadows, his to enjoy;" & thus enjoying in the proportion he ought to: "Calls the delightful Scenery all his own;" a priveledge, while blest with sight & placed in such a situation no man can deprive him of; we lodg'd at Drydens; a very good Inn & now I indulge a hope, we shall not be under the necessity of lodging in poor places any more; 

left Connalstown on the 11th before breakfast pass'd the North mountain 7 miles over the road very rough: took some refreshment at Whitesides; & then came on a few miles, to Reads Inn, which look'd tolerably comfortable; 9 miles from Chamberstown; from thence proceeded in the rain to the above place, on our approach it look'd beautiful; & is indeed as pretty a town as any inland place we have seen Lodg'd at Hetus pretty comfortably;