Country Roads – Day 1 – Homebase to Burnt Cabins, PA.

Today we left on our “Country Roads” adventure. We thought it was a good name for this trip since we are going to West Virginia this time.

Traveling west on the Pennsylvania turnpike for 232 miles this leg of our trip was pretty uneventful, except for the Rand McNally GPS program detouring us around the Blue Mountain tunnel. I forgot that when I set up the program for the Maine trip, I checked the “avoid tunnels” box because of the propane tank on the rig. I later learned that small propane tanks are allowed through Pennsylvania tunnels, so I could have avoided the route that went up 1,700 feet to the other side of the mountain. I knew it was going to be a challenge when I started seeing the 8% grade change signs that were accompanied by a 20 mile per hour speed limit.

IMG_7167Our first stop was at the Ye Olde Mill Campground in Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania. The campground is small with only 18 sites, 12 back-in and six pull-through. All of the sites are somewhat level gravel. Most of them are ok, but some like the one next to ours are run down and full of weeds. All sites have 30-amp electric, water and cable. The electric is questionable with our surge protector showing our electric had a reversed polarity. Our box also fell off of he post when we disconnected. The cable had lots of interference, which isn’t a surprise since it was just a buried cable from the office.


The campground is located next to a historic grist mill that has tours every Sunday. I’m glad we stopped here on a Monday since it looked to be in the same condition as the campsites.

There is also a general store that sells flour and pancake mix named for the grist mill. We picked up a bag of the buckwheat mix and had pancakes for breakfast before leaving. They were ok, nothing special about the mix.

Ye Olde Mill Campground has easy access to the Pennsylvania turnpike. but by being so close  you do hear the traffic all night. Also, as strange as it sounds, at 10:00PM a garbage truck arrived to empty the dumpster that was across from our site. We didn’t appreciate being woken up by the loud banging.

All in all, we give the campsite a 2 star rating. Spending the night is better then dry camping at Walmart, but not by much.

Daily Expenses:

  • Food $20.08
  • Campsite $28.80



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