Trip Start Jul 24, 1998
Trip End Aug 27, 1998

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Monday, August 17, 1998

It rained all last night and hard too. It was evening raining in the morning so we waited until 9.00am to break camp. We again, headed off into Washington D.C.

We visited the National Holocaust Museum just off the mall. I found this quite upsetting. I think of all those valiant people who sacrificed themselves. I think of those we prejudiced and persecuted because of who they are. We stayed for an hour or so and then left D.C. for Philadelphia.

After encountering some terrible weather, we entered Pennsylvania (Capital: Harrisburg) and Philadelphia.

After parking up, I visited the museum housing the Liberty Bell, the supposed bell that was ringing on 4.7.1776. Apparently, this was the fourth cast of the bell since it had crack due to overuse!

Here in Independence Square, the heavens opened and I was drowned! O could have not got more wet if I had jumped in a river.

I then went on a guided tour of Independence Hall, formerly Pennsylvania State house and government capital. There we toured around the supreme court room. We were shown the prisoner dock and courtroom proceedings. Here, once the declaration of independence had been read, the people came in, took the coat of arms flag and burnt it.

Then we were shown the room where the 13 colony states met, discussed and on August 2nd 1776 signed the Declaration of Independence. Rhode Ialand did not attend as it feared reprisals from the population. That is why the Congress has representatives by population and the Senate has two senators per state. This was a kind of compromise.

We left Philadelphia with the optimism of finding a campsite just outside New York in New Jersey (Capital: Trenton)

This optimism soon went when we found no site there in Cheesequake. After a few wild goose chases, we conceded to travelling out to Pennsylvania and KOA.

We camped just over the border at 11.00pm. Another one of those nights!
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