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North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Gettysburg April 23rd 2017

Since I picked up running and slowly checked off a 5k then 10k and finally a half I decided that next on my list was a full marathon. This full marathon thing has been on my Bucket List for the last three years and somehow each year passes and I haven’t been able to check off the marathon box. But this year is different, New Year’s Eve I signed up for the Gettysburg North vs South Marathon. Affordable, not far away, and a place Derik had never been seemed like the perfect trifecta. Plus I was told that it was a net downhill which just sounds even better to my inexperienced ears. So I started training week one of 2017 and trained consistently (with the exception of my week in Guatemala) and felt prepared, nervous but ... read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Gettysburg August 30th 2016

Hi guys, Before leaving Lexington, we did one last walk around this lovely village. We wanted to see the Robert E Lee Chapel and his last home and the Stonewall Jackson cemetery. During this trip we learned that after the war, Robert E Lee accepted an offer from Washington University to be its new president. He moved on the campus, which is adjacent to VMI, and organized the construction of its first chapel. His office was there and now he is buried there. Of course, they renamed the university to Washington & Lee. Next we started our drive to Gettysburg. Once again, Jackie was in charge of locating nearby wineries. She chose the Blenheim Vineyard. It is not too far off our route so we took a detour over. Can you guess the name of the ... read more
The Georges
Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Gettysburg August 29th 2016

We left Canada and worked our way back to Pennsylvania. We stopped in Maine for a couple of nights and then a couple of nights in Matamoras just across the Delaware River before heading back to Gettysburg to spend a few more days with Bonnie’s family in Fayetteville. This was a lot of down time for us and time spent with family. I got to celebrate my birthday here with dinner out and cheesecake for dessert. We made a trip to Baltimore with Bonnie’s son Dallas, her daughter-in-law Kim and granddaughter Alexis. We walked around the waterfront and took a trip to the Top of the World which is an observation level with 360 degree views of the city and is located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center. It was a beautiful day ... read more
Pirate Ship
Power Plant Building from Top of the World
1st view from Top of the World

This day didn't go entirely how I planned, which has become a theme already in the first two days of the trip. I spent the morning at Antietam in Maryland and then most of the afternoon at Gettysburg. After a stop at the Hershey Park, I ventured to the home of my friends Amy and Kevin, who have graciously allowed me to stay with them for the evening. I left my hostel in Luray, Virginia, just after 7:30 this morning. All my previous GPSing had said that Antietam was 2.5 hours away, but when I fired it up in the car, it had decreased to about 1.75 hours. That was fine with me. I got to the battlefield around 9:15 after driving through West Virginia and crossing the Potomac River, seeing lots of beautiful scenery. Antietam ... read more
So many monument at Antietam, but then so many died here
The only monument to my home state I could find at Antietam
Sign says it all - Antietam

With Brexit vote happening back in the UK, the fallout appears bizarre from over the pond and the drop of the pound against the dollar hasn’t helped with our budgeting on our final weeks in the US. We now head out of Nashville into the countryside. We had been keen to see an actual plantation house of the deep south. On our way was ‘the Hermitage’, home of Andrew Jackson the 7th President of the United States. He was a self-made man and influential in the early American history, notably defeating the British at New Orleans in 1815. He was a popular president and was a man of people, on the downside he signed the Indian Removal act that drove Indians west of the Mississippi River and he was pro slavery. After being greeted by 18th ... read more
Mabry Mill
Blue Ridge Mountains
Washington DC

On our way to Gettysburg we spent two days in Zanesville, Ohio where we had the largest locust that I have ever seen and you could really hear them also. We drove through Wheeling, West Virginia on our way and the GPS took me down a side of a mountain with 40% grade and 15 mile curves which was an adventure with the trailer. Thank God for my exhaust brake. We made it to Gettysburg where we stayed for 10 days at Artillery Ridge Campground which is about a mile from the Battlefield Visitor Center. We spent most of our time here visiting Bonnie's son Dallas and his family, Kim, Tanner and Alexis. We got to celebrated Alexis' birthday with her and went out to dinner a couple of times. We also took a trip up ... read more
Bonnie and Family

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Gettysburg September 27th 2015

And so we arrived at our final stage - Gettysburg. On the drive from Roanoke to a final shopping stop on the edge of town we left Virginia and passed through West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, touching briefly back into Maryland, all before lunch. Including Tennessee, North Carolina and the District of Columbia that makes 6 states in all - only 44 to go!! Stopping of four a quick round of mini golf we arrived in Gettysburg to our hotel right in the middle of the town. Gettysburg has a real town centre, which sets it aside from any previous experience we have had in the States whereby towns have consisted more of main roads with malls and plazas at regular intervals. The main focus of our visit was the battle ground, a national park covering ... read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Gettysburg November 9th 2014

We had a great trip overall, but the weather was cold and the campsite was loud. Friday We arrived about 6:30pm on Friday night after having to pack the entire camper since this was our madden voyage in the new camper. It was dark when we got to out Site 93. I was a little slow unhook and setup since this was my very first time. I got everything unhooked and leveled and turned on by I'm guessing around 7:30 where made our first meal in the camper, spaghetti. We then settled in to watch Home Alone. After the movie was over we got into our beds and started to fall asleep. That is when we realized we were camping next to some sort of Rave party. Lights and extremely loud dance music lasted well past ... read more

The US Civil War debate continued with the visit to Gettysburg, where we were able to relate to the phenomenal lecture by Jim Terry about the political systems in America. Furthermore, Fred Gantz and Terry Havel gave us an amazing & jolly tour guide of Gettysburg. In the morning we visited an orchard which had apple plantation where we met an American farmer. Comparing this trip to rural parts of India, i would admit that even an average American farmer had way more better lifestyle than any Indian farmer. Even the farming was way more advanced between this developed country and a developing country like India. In places like Maharashtra near Mumbai where i grew up, farmer suicide due to drought and debt was very common. But again farmers in America had other things to worry ... read more

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