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May 13th 2018
Published: May 14th 2018
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My General Route Today


British Redoubt 9British Redoubt 9British Redoubt 9

This is what the French Army had to face as they overran the British causing a collapse in the British lines
What a great day!

The weather was perfect and I had the leisure of cruising around Yorktown all day.

Bicycle is the easiest way to do it. I think I had a chance to read every Historical Marker in the National Park.
It actually put shivers up my spine to realize this is where the United States began.

For twelve days in October 1781, the American Army under George Washington aided by 5500 French soldiers and 34 French ships laid siege to General Cornwallis smaller Army. In October 19,1781 Cornwallis signed the Articles of surrender.

I realized today that without the help of the French we probably would not be a country!

Although the Revolutionary War lasted another two years, Yorktown was considered the defining victory.

Today I got to take it all In and I saturated myself with our Colonial History.
I ended the day at the Yorktown Pub and hoisted a couple to the early Americans.

Tomorrow I am doing the tourist thing in Williamsburg and Tuesday I FINALLY begin my journey.



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A great place for a bike ride!
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Mother’s Day at Yorktown Beach

Early in the Day. By Noon it was absolutely packed!
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Adventure Cyclists leaving tomorrow

Megan on the left is leading 17 riders in the TransAm rout starting tomorrow.
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Moore House

This is where the Terms of Surrender were drawn up
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Yorktown Memorial

Official start of the Trans American Bicycle Route
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British Surrender

On October 19, 1781 the British under Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington on this spot.
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Tobacco Road

This is the road taken to bring the Tobbaco Leaves to the British Ships in Colonial Yorktown
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Room where Articles of Surrender were drawn up

In the Room Cornwallis and George Washington negotiated the Articles of Surrender.
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British lines

The French charged and overcame the British here at Redoubt 9


14th May 2018

Have a great time on your start tomorrow! Dale
15th May 2018

Thanks
Thanks for the encouragement Dale!
14th May 2018

Wow great beginnings!
This is exciting!!! Thank you for sharing! To see where our country began, the now peaceful Yorktown battle sight. And great shot of you at the Yorktown Memorial!!! This is a beautiful start! From you standing at our USA roots and beginning your journey from sea to shining sea. Bravo!!!
14th May 2018

Have 2 great books for you if you love the Revolution Era
Jeff Shaara: 1) Rise to Rebellion and 2) The Glorious Cause. Glad you're having a good time so far!!!!
15th May 2018

Jeff Sharra
I love him!

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