Saturday, August 7, 2010

Today is my rest day, so I'm only going a short distance to stay at Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the Delaware River. It so happens that Dingman's Ferry also has the only privately owned toll bridge left (bicycles are free to cross). In 1735 Andrew Dingman built a flatboat to transport people across the Delaware River and in 1836 the family built the first of many toll bridges. Eventually, private engineers took over the project and in 1900 built the bridge that remains today.

Lincoln's inaugural train actually moved across the Delaware River after leaving Trenton, New Jersey en route to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the interest of cycling a safe path, I will pick up Lincoln's route to Philadelphia.

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