September 04, 2008 GMT
29. Lancaster, Hershey and Gettysburg

After New York I needed a rest

After 2 weeks in New York I needed a rest so I rode to Lancaster and stayed just
out of the town in Ronks among the Amish farms for a week. Very peaceful.

New York to Lancaster
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In 3D
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I went on a day trip to the town of Hershey created by Hershey around his
Chocolate factory.
They had a tour of a simulated factory and lots of chocolate, I left with a few.

Lancaster to Hershey
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In 3D
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Another day trip to Gettysburg, a historic town, a very warm day, rode around
the battlefield, many monuments to the various military units that were involved.

Lancaster to Gettysburg
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In 3D
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Day One according to Gilbert Gaul
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Roads lined with monuments
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Another day trip to a tourist town called Intercourse (you can imagine what the
Tourist T-shirts had on them).
The Amish don't like having their pictures taken so I took a couple of their
transport.

The Ute
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The Convertible
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The kids were getting around on Roller Blades and Bicycles without pedals,
you paddled with your feet.

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Posted by Chris Desmond at 08:20 AM GMT
September 10, 2008 GMT
30. Washington, DC - 1

Monuments, Memorials and Museums

From Lancaster it was a short ride to Washington, I took the back roads through
some very pretty farms and small country towns, the Amish inhabit quite a large
area.

Lancaster o Washington
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In 3D
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The last part of the ride it rained and I arrived in Washington wet.
I stayed with some long lost relatives here, they made me very welcome,
thank you for your hospitality.

The first thing I noticed about Washington was there were no tall buildings at all.
I got around as I usually do in the cities using the trains.

First stop "The Mall" it is absolutely amazing how many really impressive
Monuments, Memorials and Museums are clustered around this small area.
They are all free which in the USA is amazing in itself and to enter most you
have to go through a security check, sometimes queue up and for the
Washington Memorial and The Capitol a ticket (free) is required.

Washington Monument
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This thing is huge, there is a lift to the top first get your ticket, then join the queue
and security check to go up.
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The lift has windows and the insde of the monument is decorated with extracts
and information about its history and construction.
I wonder what the man would have to say about the present state of affairs.
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View from the top, Jefferson Memorial
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World War II Memorial
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The White House (I never imagined it to be so crowded)
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Zoom
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Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool
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The Capitol and the grassy bit, the buildings on either side are the Smithsonian
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Zoom
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Another view from the Lincoln Memorial
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Geese and Ducks, lots of them
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Inside the WW II Memorial
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Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial
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The people in the foreground give some idea of the size of Lincoln in the
background
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Police Girl
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Inside Lincoln Memorial
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Who is this?
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Welcome to the White House
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Older and Fatter
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 08:44 AM GMT
September 12, 2008 GMT
31. Washington, DC - 2

More of Washington

The Smithsonian is a collection of Museums housed in seperate buildings.

This is the one that explains how it all started.
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Rockets at the Air and Space Museum
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They even have rides, I went on this one, simulated Aircraft Carrier Takeoff and Landing
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Unmanned Aircraft, the Future
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Me, in infrared
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The Subway, clean and organised
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Declaration of Independence Memorial
There is one stone for each Signer
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Vietnam Womens Memorial
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The Wall, scroll sideways
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The pictures make you realise there is a family behind each one of those names.
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Korean War Memorial
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There was a whole wall of this stuff, fascinating.
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F.D.Roosevelt Memorial, one of the better known Presidents,
some say he was a socialist.
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Jefferson Memorial, I like it.
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Jefferson
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Washington Monument as seen from the Jefferson Memorial
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The Capitol
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Inside the Capitol, as you can imagine passing through Security
to get in there was a nightmare
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The Figure on top of the Capitol
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Library of Congress
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Inside the Library of Congress
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The Supreme Court
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The Judges in Minature
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Must be a Riot somewhere
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Arlington Cemetery, Huge, Immaculate, Moving and a graphic reminder
of Man's Inhumanity to Man
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JFK
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Changing of the Guard
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Arlington Amphitheatre
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Flowers
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The Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).
This was my favourite, words cannot describe the effect it had on me.
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The Sculptor (shows you how big it is).
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The Pentagon Memorial (Plane Crash)
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The lighter coloured stone shows where the plane hit, right in the middle.
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 03:40 AM GMT
 
 

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