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Sunday, September 7, 2008

So it was a relatively early start this morning, we have got into a routine now whereby Malc does  all the outside jobs, remember Robin Williams in the movie RV? And I pack away everything inside so it is 'safe' for the journey. Having done our respective tasks we were on the road once more. The total journey to Gettysburg is 435 miles, so we had planned an overnight stop in Lexington - unfortunately we will miss Melissa (Doug & Trish's daughter who is at university there) as she is at a conference in Atlanta this week end. As it is simply an overnight stop we will head for Wal-Mart.
We set of with the best of intentions, however that plan soon unraveled - not because of any mishaps you understand, but because progress wasn't quite as quick as we expected! Virtually every state we have been in has had the ever present bikers, usually men, (but sometimes ladies) of a certain age, with grey/white hair, portly proportions, bandannas and legs that seem incapable of bending at the knee and are therefore fully extended with feet turned outwards in what seems an impossible position from which to control their very shiny very expensive machines. Said bikers bide their time until a suitable opportunity presents itself for them to overtake Bree, whereupon they roar off into the distance, often 5 or 6 together at a time. Well today we came across a biker of a very different sort... We followed him for miles, doing about 30mph; actually he had a pillion though we weren't aware of this at first. He was obviously out for his week end ride - a bit like "Sunday" drivers at home! Then to add insult to injury a truck pulled out in front of him...slowing us down to about 20mph It's at times like these you have to just enjoy the scenery, double yellows prohibit any thing else. Then there were the cyclists...

Enough... Our journey took us into Virginia, 

past some unfortunate events and some odd signs and finally into our 'camp site' for the night, where we were in very good company with another Seabreeze.

We did get a nice early start on Sunday and the remainder of our journey was uneventful except to say that we passed through 3 more states, bringing our total to 33 I think. It's sometimes hard to keep track as we are visiting some for the second or even third time! 

Our choice of campsite in Pennsylvania proved to be ace. Artillery Ridge was not only a beautiful spot, 

 but one that afforded us a unique perspective on this most historic of sites. Housed on 'campus' was a brilliant diorama of the battlefield around Gettysburg. Complete with a presentation including a narration of the conflict this gave us - well Malc a good and me a better, understanding of what happened all those years ago.

This was a battle where the confederates were fighting in the north on Union land and for the first two days seemed to be gaining the upper hand. As it turned out the victory was not to be theirs and more soldiers died in this battle than in any other in which American troops have fought, a total of nearly 52,000 in all. I couldn't help but remember the re- enactment that we had been to in Florida and the pride with which the 'soldiers' had told us that their grandfathers had fought for the North or South. Nor could we ignore what the consequences might have been if the South had won. It was a sobering moment, especially considering where America stands in the world today.
Anyway on a lighter note, tomorrow we tour the battlefields...on horseback!
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