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Sep 19, 2014 - Driving around the area battlefields
We drove through 3 of the 4 battlefields today and it was pretty disappointing. The battlefields have signs along the street you are driving on but the traffic is moving 55 miles an hour so there is no way you can look at the signs they have put up. I would say not very good planning on their part. There was one visitor center we went through and it was OK.Jump to full entry
Jun 7, 2014 - Trip Rpt. No. 4. -- Potpourri
I covered a lot of ground since my last posting. All of it was fun for me, but a lot of it may not be interesting to others. The Wilderness & Spotsylvania Courthouse I went to both the Wilderness and Spotsylvania sites of the battles fought in 1864. The Wilderness site overlaps with that of Chancellorsville (1863) and the Spotsylvania site is only a short distance from the Wilderness by car (not so much if you happen to be toting a 40-lb knapsack and a heavy gun while wearing a wool uniform in a Virginia summer). These two battles were the...Jump to full entry
Given my noble quest to do things backwards, I left Petersburg and headed to Cold Harbor, VA where the battle immediately before the siege of Petersburg took place. Cold Harbor In 1864, Grant chased Lee down the east side of Richmond from the Wilderness (near Chancellorsville and the Rappahannock) to Cold Harbor, a sleepy little place in rural Virginia a little to the east of Richmond. There were bloody engagements along the way. Cold Harbor has a special interest to me. As mentioned, Robert Skillington, my great-grandfather, enlisted for...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2014 - C'est un départ
On est parti comme prévu tôt Dimanche par un -14c avec de la poudrerie sur la 15 et la 87, il y aura de la neige et des mega bancs de neige jusqu'au New Jersey. PS...les routes des EU en ont pris pour leur rhume...des nids de poules en quantité..même CNN en fait mention. Dimanche 18:30, il fait noir, il est temps de manger et de faire le plein, pas de trouble le GPS nous dirige vers la station service et un McDo dans le centre de Lorton, VA. À la sortie du McDo...plus de GPS..il a décidé de mourir au beau milieu de Lorton....faut retrouver...Jump to full entry
Jan 8, 2014 - The Polar Vortex Strikes
Our first trip of the year is a work trip to Florida and Georgia. With snow and temperatures near zero over the weekend, I wish we would have headed for Florida last week. The plan was to leave home right after a business call I was supposed to take at 0900 this morning. The call didn’t come and we wound up leaving closer to noon. Even though we started late, I had to stop at Dixie Bones in Woodridge, VA. We got two take out orders and went on our way. With the late start, we only managed to get to a KOA just north of Richmond. Not much to...Jump to full entry
Oct 21, 2013 - Across the river.
FREDERICKSBURG KOA, SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA MONDAY It was 40 degrees on the weatherbug, after breakfast this morning, after a low of 39 earlier. The furnace ran quite a bit last night. We hung around here for a while, doing some odds and ends. By 10 we were ready to get out and about. Scouted our route out of here for tomorrow snd found a service station that I can get in and out of on the way to I95. Then we headed up US1 to VA3, through old town and across the Rappahanock river to Chatham Manor. It is a large house that was built in...Jump to full entry
Oct 20, 2013 - The Blue and Grey.
FREDERICKSBURG KOA, SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY,VA SUNDAY Woke up to a bright blue sky and sunshine this morning. We were counting on that since this is battlefield day. Got away about 10 and headed for the Battle of Fredericksville. Turned onto Lee drive and up the hill to the spot where Lee was camped during the battle. He had a birds eye view of all the action below. It was here he said "It's a good thing war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it". The confederates also had lots of artillery on these heights that was trained on the...Jump to full entry
Oct 19, 2013 - Showery cloudy day in Virginia
FREDERICKSBURG KOA SPOTSYLVANIA,VA SATURDAY Normal wake up time today...about 0745. Cloudy skies this morning as forecasted. Light showers were in store for the afternoon...nothing much more than sprinkles when they occured. High temperature was reported as 64. After a pretty full day yesterday we took it easy in the morning. Edie did a load of laundry at the park laundromat..while she was gone, I spent some time on the computer doing some book keeping and then washed up the dishes in the kitchen. We had a standard sandwich, chips,...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2013 - More old towne.
FREDERICKSBURG KOA SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA FRIDAY I got up at 0715 this morning. Needed to get the coach up to the propane pump and see if we could top off our tank. Dunked an Entemann's old fashioned doughnut and fixed a bowl of oatmeal. Edie got up feeling a little better this morning....maybe her cold is leaving. After yesterday we decided that if we can get propane on board we would stay a few more days....so much to see. I drove up to the office to extend our stay, pending the propane topoff. They were able to handle us, but we would...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2013 - Old town in Fredericksburg
FREDERICKSBURG KOA SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY,VA THURSDAY Once again we have dropped into a historical spot that will take some time to see. These old folks in this coach are finding that recovery time is longer than it used to be....out of bed at 0945 this AM.....after a pretty early bedtime last night. Edie has a head cold so she is feeling a little funky, and I'm just plain old.Heh. I did a little research on the propane gas tank problem this morning, on the internet and in conversation with a local RV service shop. Found a couple things to...Jump to full entry
Oct 16, 2013 - Short distance....Long time
FREDRICKSBURG KOA, SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY,VA WEDNESDAY We were up at 0700 this morning in Kinzers,PA, ready to travel. The trip was fairly short so we didn't have to hurry. Had planned to leave the park at about 0930. Mel and Pearl dropped by to see us off and we got away on time. Down the road to Gap, into a Hess station there, that was easy in, easy out for the coach. Nearly had the tank topped when the pump said I couldn't spend any more. Gas was $3.29. Our GPS took us on a new route today, down US1 thru Bel Air, MD on the way to I95. It...Jump to full entry
Dec 27, 2012 - First Day of Travel--Coventry to Fredericksburg, VA
We left Coventry this morning at 9:30 a.m. It had snowed last night, then rain began after midnight. It was spritzing rain and the driveway was slushy, but after checking the weather from home to Fredericksburg, VA, Mike decided that we would go. We ate breakfast, packed up Mr. Stripes, and off we went. When we left home it was 40 degrees, but the temp fell throughout the day--hitting a low of 24 outside of Scranton, PA--then climbed back up to about 38 this evening in VA. We did hit some snow and rain showers, but nothing that bothered us....Jump to full entry