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Jun 18, 2014 - Trip Rpt. No. 6 -- A little of this, a little of that.

Pennsylvania From Winchester, I went to visit my Mother in Martinsburg, PA (Not West Virginia) for several days. There is really very little to report except that Mother is slowly improving physically, but short-term memory issues are no better. Martinsburg is neither a historic nor culinary destination -- what can I say, it has one stoplight and four pizza places. There are a couple of highlights, however. Mamie's Café is worth noting and worth repeat visits. My younger brother loves their breakfasts and my older brother is partial to one...

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Mar 25, 2014 - The Snow Arrived Late

Today was not a good day. I had planned to go to DMV, changed my mind when we figured out we could get the title done through the mail just as quick and I realized with a crack in the windshield Winnie probably wouldn't pass inspection. I also don't think I could have gotten inspected 2 months early. So it looks like we will be driving without a new registration sticker in June. Not going to DMV opened a lot of time so we should have had a relaxing morning before my dentist appointment. No such luck. While I was waiting for Sue to go to the...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Harpers Ferry

Harper’s Ferry, WV Harpers Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where the states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet, is best known for John Brown's raid. In 1859, the white abolitionist John Brown attempted to start an armed slave revolt by seizing the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Brown's raid was defeated by a unit of U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee with Lt. J. E. B. Stuart as his aide. The raid was a catalyst for the Civil War. We drove into Lower Town Harpers Ferry and found one of the last...

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Oct 28, 2013 - An historic day

Harper’s Ferry, WV Today we bravely headed into Washington, DC even though the GPS does not work well in this area so we were back to reading maps. Jim’s theory was that vacation time was past so most kids should be in school and parents would not be traveling. Wrong. The area around the Capitol and the Mall was packed. We could not find a single parking place. Block after block along the mall was filled with cars. Nevertheless we drove up and down Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenue “touristing”. We finally left the city behind and headed...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Antietam Battlefield Loop

Day 4 -- The Antietam Battlefield Loop Overview: • Rider 1 rides west from drop-off at Harpers Ferry, mile 61, to car parked at Mile 71 • Both riders bicycle the 11 miles along the canal from Miller’s Sawmill Rd., mile 71, to Taylor’s Landing, mile 81 • Both riders bicycle the 11 miles on local roads from Taylor’s Landing to Antietam NHB and back to Miller’s Sawmill Rd. • Rider 2 rides east from car park at Miller’s Sawmill Rd to Harpers Ferry • Each rider completes 32 miles Highlights: • Killiansburg Cave • Antietam Aqueduct •...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Harpers Ferry to Riley's Lock

Day 3 -- Harpers Ferry to Riley's Lock (west to east) Overview: • Rider 1 rides east from drop-off at Harpers Ferry, mile 61 • Rider 2 rides west from car park at Riley’s Lock, mile 22.8 • Bicycle 38.2 miles one way Highlights: • Brunswick, Brunswick Family Campground • Catoctin Creek Aqueduct • Monocacy Creek Aqueduct • Point of Rocks • White’s Ferry (cable operated) to Virginia • Seneca Creek Aqueduct Trip details for Sunday, September 8th Today was the first day that we were each starting from a different end of the ride and...

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May 4, 2013 - John Brown's Raid

We drove to Harpers Ferry today to learn a little more about John Brown. John Brown was a well know abolitionist in the 1850's. He had traveled to Kansas in 1855 to help prepare his son and other free-staters to defend theselves against the pro-slavery forces that were trying to take over the state. He led an outnumbered group of men at the Battle of Osawotamie, but his group was routed by the "Border Ruffians" as the pro-slavery forces were known. We visited the battle site in Kansas last year. Brown left Kansas in 1856 and headed back...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Blue Crab Fun Bunch

After arriving home we were so glad we could attend a campout with our local Good Sam Chapter, "Blue Crab Fun Bunch". Saturday is always and on your own day. So Debbie dropped Tom off Gathland State Park and he hiked the Appalachian Trail back to Harpers Ferry where we were camped (about 12 miles) Debbie even with her new knees can't seem to walk that far especially up hills. That evening at 5:30pm the group got together for a potluck dinner and our monthly meeting. Afterwards we played some games before heading back to our RVs for some...

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Jun 27, 2011 - Harpers Ferry tour

We got an early start today at the Harpers Ferry visitor center. It turns out little to nothing is at the visitor center except a free shuttle bus that takes you to the high ground and the lower town area. The high ground is where Jackson setup his artillery during the siege of Harpers Ferry just prior to Antietam. In fact, Antietam almost didn’t happen because of 13000 union troops at Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry is strategically located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet....

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Jun 3, 2011 - Lock 17- C and O Canal

Ah one of the benefits at staying at this KOA-free all you can eat pancakes, 7-11 am! Well, we tried them yesterday-once was enough. Two things you should never let my husband eat outside of the home---pancakes and spaghetti! He is very very particular about these two things. Although, he didn't comment about the pancakes, just the syrup being horrible. We decided that we wanted to take a canal boat ride under mulepower on the C & O Canal. There are two locations-both close to DC-off we head for the Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center in...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland

We started out today by going about 1/2 mile to the visitor's center. Remember we're in West Virginia. There was only one staff person in the visitor's center helping someone else. Lots of brochures, almost too many to choose from. I decided I'd just go up the counter and wait my turn. Interesting how that works. The other fellow appeared to just be chit chating so the staff person appeared eager to help me. He actually got out from behind his desk to help me. Good info to know-although we are staying right outside of the Harpers Ferry...

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Jun 1, 2011 - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Another Ryno Route-less day! Okay, it was only 180 miles, but still! I did the Streets and Trips route the night before so when we left in the morning, it just needed to be plugged in..smart, huh? Well, of course, it didn't go that smoothly. Getting ready to pull out, Bama is running, so safe to plug in the converter for the laptop. WHAT? Nothing on the laptop. Dink around with it...still nothing. Can't get ANYTHING on the laptop...not good. Our plan is to stay in Brunswick, Maryland at a city-owned rv park. Right on the C & O (Chesapeake &...

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