Day Thirtyfour

Morgantown, WV to Gettysburg, PA
June 28th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Two Frank Lloyd Wright houses on one Pennsylvania back road
Scary showers with big bugs in West Virginia
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
Sunny and Overcast in the high 70s
Price of Gas 
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Night's Lodging
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Horses, Cows, Deer
Gettysburg KOA, PA
Gettysburg, PA

Daily Didactic
We started our day with an on the road tune up, trying to clear up some lingering "performance issues" with our race car. We got on the road around 10:00 for our hour and a half drive to Fallingwater. If you know architecture (which Brian does not) you have heard of Frank Lloyd Wright and have probably seen pictures of Fallingwater. It was a home built in Southern Pennsylvania for a department store magnate and it situated literally over a small waterfall in the woods. It's a part of Wright's "organic architecture" where nature is used and incorporated into the design, instead of removed. It's also really cool. Very large portions of the building are cantilevered over Bear Run stream and the interior has a slew of clever design elements that make you feel like you are still outdoors. We didn't pay the extra 50 dollars for the tour that let you take pictures inside, so a few outdoor photos are all we've got from a really great tour.

After Fallingwater, we doubled back south through the very rafting and kayaking oriented Ohiopyle and drove to the top of what we have to assume is "Kentuck Knob" for our second Wright home of the day. While Fallingwater is in the hands of a non-profit conservancy, Kentuck Knob is still privately owned by an Englishman named Lord Polumbo. The Lord allows tours of the home, but also still uses it for entertainingly. This home is not as novel architecturally as Fallingwater, but is still fascinating. It is all about the geometry of the site, with two ninety degree corners in the entire structure and fifty-nine non-ninety degree corners. It must have been a joy to build. On the grounds is also a huge art collection of the owner, so this tour was really a two-fer of art and architecture.

After an unusually educational afternoon, we hit the road toward upstate New York. We stopped in Somerset for an uninspired dinner and wound on down the road to the Ghettysburg KOA for the night.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in our pleasantly warm and not damp campground West Virginia backroad
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South Pennsylvania farm country Fallingwater, an architectural wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright
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Fallingwater water, a hilarious marketing ploy of someone else Brian hanging out in our living room, waiting for the tour
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Built over a water fall, the home is all about cantilevers This is the front
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This is the back, built into the rock Organic architecture
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The view Our second FLW home of the day, Kentuck Knob
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... with an impressive art collection on the grounds. This guy made the shuttlecocks A piece of the Berlin Wall
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A finial off of a London building Gargoyles, we like them
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Jim Dine The front of Kentuck Knob
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The back of Kentuck Knob Open skylights on the terrace
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Theresa, happy with her surroundings and the climate Time for the Penna Turnpike and forking out cash to drive
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Sunset in the rear view A great old church on the road to Gettysburg

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