(Image found here.)

Last summah, in a post about a trip Mrs. Robbo and I made out to western Maryland, I believe I mentioned my delight in the discovery that a portion of I-68, on which we travelled, in fact followed the line of Braddock’s Road, blazed during his disasterous campaign against Fort Duquesne in 1755.

Well, imagine my equal delight in the discovery that Pennsylvania Highway 30, which runs very close to the gels’ summah camp, in part follows the line of Forbes’ Road (starting at Beford, PA and heading west), blazed during his successful campaign to capture Fort Duquesne in 1758.

History and geography – what is not to thoroughly love?

Unlike Braddock, who took an enormous baggage train all the way, Forbes’ strategy was to construct a number of forts and strong-houses along the way where he could establish supply dumps.  The farthest west, Fort Ligonier, is no more than 20 miles or so from the gels’ camp, just on the other side of Laurel Mountain.

I have been ruminating the idea of doing a Braddock/Forbes/Bushy Run excursion while out dropping the gels off for some years now.  I think this extra nugget of discovery is enough to make me all the more serious about it.