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Old 08-11-2013, 01:54 PM   #1276
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Just wanting to get out and ride I found some decent roads outta the area we were in and got into the country.

Stopped by this YMCA camp.





We camped here when I was in the Boy Scouts.
We stayed in a big lob cabin back in there somewhere.



I did not realize this camp had been here since 1906!





YMCA Camp Ockanickon

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I was beginning to wonder why people who grab my Tags stop at bars on the way home !



To be honest with you, I never noticed this place either !



I guess I am too busy looking at Nixon's across the street and wondering when I will stop in to get my Piney Power Bumper Sticker !!!





I guess I didn't have to worry because their facebook page says "Keep Calm at The Village Pub"

The Village Pub

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My stop was a little more docile.



They may be cute and furry:



But they are known to spit on you now and then !








Interesting article on Far and Away Alpaca Farm.

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Time to update some of my riding gear.

I picked up the helmet on the left at revzilla.
The one on the right is my old helmet.



My old helmet is a Scorpion EXO-1100.
It had good ventilation and a sun visor, and of course was DOT and SNELL approved.
I went looking to just replace this one with the same thing until I found out this model with the built in sun visor is no longer SNELL approved !

So, with the help of Kat at revzilla we came to a Bell RS-1 Helmet.
Also has great ventilation, perhaps better than my Scorpion, but no sun visor.
But I can live without that. I didn't use it much anyway.
The visors are only tinted plastic so they do not cut the glare down.
They just make everything look blue, the color of mine, and harder to see anything else.

I bought my Scorpion helmet just as I was beginning to ride in 2008 and it has seen all of my 50,000 miles of riding.
For sure I will miss my old friend.

I took the Bell on our trip to Virginia, (a teaser to keep you interested) and we rode in
the rain for an hour and a half and the Bell never fogged up once!

My Scorpion, even though it has good ventilation, had fogged up pretty much from the beginning, even though it had a non fogging coating as well.

I got my Bell helmet in Large because their X-Large seemed a little too big.
My Scorpion is an XL, and after 5 years it now feels loose on my head.

The Bell is snug, but not tight.
And I am hoping for 50,000 out of that one too !

My next purchase was a new set of summer gloves.



The ones on the left are my old faithfuls that have seen probably around 30,000 miles.
They are a bit warm for summer, and they are starting to fall apart,
so I need to replace them just in case I should need them for safety's sake.

The ones on the right are Aerostich Elkskin Touchscreen Gauntlet Gloves.
They are the same as my winter gloves except the new ones do not have a liner in them.
My winter ones have a Marino Wool Liner and another layer of wind resistant material between the Elk Skin and the Marino Wool.
I have had my Insulated Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves for at least 3 years and they are great.
There is extra protection in the rear palm area and also in the knuckles.
And they also go over my jacket sleeves.

Unfortunately the new ones were a little too tight and I did not want to
chance using them and then decide they would make my hand cramp.

The new ones also had threads in the thumb and two fingers for Touch Screen use.
I decided I did not want the threads in my gloves so when I returned them I asked
for ones without that feature, which they do not have on their website anymore.
Those are supposed to arrive Saturday.
I wish I had them before that because I have a big ride Saturday !

OK, Next.

For a longer trip I needed more space then my PC trunk and GIVI could hold for two people.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT !!!

So a water proof bag was in order.



These are made by OverBoard.

The red one was our major bag with all of our clothes and stuff needed to survive 5 days away from home.
I also bought the yellow stuff bag just in case the red one was not big enough.



Both are rated at a 3 on the Waterproof Rating System,
which means, in their words "The product could be permeated by water in any of the following applications: prolonged submersion, submersions greater than 3 feet in depth, high water pressure applications."

Now, I was not expecting to submerge my bike to a depth of 3 feet!
But with me you never know !

The red one is a Waterproof Duffle Bag - 60 Litres.
They have 40 Litres and a 90 Litres and also a 130 Litres bags !

I knew 40 was too small.
90 was probably too big.
130 was WAY to BIG !

The yellow one is a Waterproof Dry Tube Bag - 20 Litres.
Which I am glad I got.
But we only needed about 1/3 of it, but better to have it.

We put stuff in the trunk we knew we would need on the trip.

And there sits my poor GIVI in the background looking so lonely !





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So now we were ready for a nice long ride, even when rain was expected.

Or were we?
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Krimpets, Cup Cakes, Tandy Cakes, Donuts, Individual Pies & Crumb Cakes, you get the picture !



They recently moved here in what looks like 2011 (Help me out enormiss!)


Tastykake @13 (you can't miss it, their name is painted on the roof !)
Think we moved in 09, had production in both buildings for awhile so not exactly sure.
You should have told me you were around, could have smuggled you a pie hot out of the oven!
Penrose is a well known grub spot, but they should have kept you in the "yard"
Grab a loaded sandwich at DiNic's or sit down at the cafe next door or urban outfitters cafeteria across the street... calling it a cafeteria is a disservice.
Surprised you rode over the bridge after tastykake and didnt take a picture!
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Think we moved in 09, had production in both buildings for awhile so not exactly sure.
You should have told me you were around, could have smuggled you a pie hot out of the oven!
Penrose is a well known grub spot, but they should have kept you in the "yard"
Grab a loaded sandwich at DiNic's or sit down at the cafe next door or urban outfitters cafeteria across the street... calling it a cafeteria is a disservice.
Surprised you rode over the bridge after tastykake and didnt take a picture!
Sorry for not contacting you enormiss.
Believe me, I had thought about it.
It was more of a last minute thing for us.

A hot pie does sound good though.
Perhaps another trip is in order!

I was not sure about taking pictures of that bridge.
I guess I am still conditioned to avoid taking pictures of government installations!
After wandering around through the Navy Yard (and taking pictures) it appeared that no one cared we were there.

The Penrose Diner wasn't bad, but some of your options sound better.
I wish we had known about the other food joints in the area.
Perhaps you should walk over to revzilla and give them a list of food places in the area !
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So we finally got out and took a ride that was not in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

We were headed to Virginia to visit some friends and take my wife to a Bridal Shower.

Speaking of showers!

The pictures of the PC loaded up with our OverBoard bags is the beginning of our trip.

There was a light drizzle and mist, but nothing serious.
I was expecting rain later though, but not sure how bad it was going to be.

So we head out with our liners under out riding jackets and pants,
having been told they were water proof.

Well, I'll tell more about that later!

Put the phone in a ziplock bag.
Put the GPS in a ziplock bag in the trunk. I knew where I was going for the first part of the trip !
And put the old faithful point-and-shoot camera in a ziplock bag, which my wife had in her pocket.

And we head out into the mist.

I always take back roads when on the motorcycle.
I do not like Interstates, as I have mentioned before.
Besides, this was a weekday and people were going to work and trucks are out on the highways.

We pass an old friend and I pull over and whip out my phone and take a quick picture.



The skies were gray, but not much precip coming down.

We stop to fill the gas tank before we leave NJ (because its cheaper!) and the rain starts coming down heavier.
Fortunately we were under a roof, which they put over all gas stations now.

Still not bad, just annoying.

Then head out for those other states across the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Then, as soon as we cross the bridge the rain gets heavier.
And heavier.
And heavier.
Then a road detour.
And I finally get onto the road I wanted again.
And heavier still !

I am feeling pretty dry.
Not bad.

A few drops come through the open vents in my new helmet.
Nothing serious.

Then I feel it !

Where the front of my pants meets the seat !!!!!!!

When I finally was able to take my suit off it looked like I had not gone to the bathroom before I left !!!

Oh well.
It was kind of like wanting to go out and play in the rain when you were a kid.
Just enjoy it. !

Anyway, we finally get across the top of Delaware and into Maryland and close to my first stop to have lunch.



This is the Conowingo Dam that backs up the Susquehanna River just below the Pennsylvania boarder.

The Susquehanna River starts in New York State and runs through Pennsylvania and Maryland and after 444 miles empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
It is the largest river flowing into the Chesapeake Bay at 22 Billion Gallons of Water a day !

The name comes from the Susquhannock Indians who were part of the Iriquois Nation.
Some say the name means "mile wide, foot deep", which describes it pretty well most of the time, and more north of this spot.
Some say it means "muddy current" or "winding current", which also describes it pretty well also.

We pull down into a parking area below the dam to eat our lunch as the rain stopped pretty much when we reached Maryland.

So, it rained all the way through Delaware.
Hence no pictures of the bridge or anything Delawareish !

When we get to the bottom of the road I found this sign next to the porta-potties humerous !





I also noticed the vultures waiting along the fence !





Just a little creepy !

I park the bike, and when I put my arms down water poured out of my sleeves.

Ewwwwwww!

I did not want to touch anything electronic because my gloves were soaked and my hands were starting to shrivel from being wet for about an hour.

Anyway, we eat our lunch and dry out some before I take any pictures of the dam.

Vultures were also waiting near where we ate our lunch.



The arches here support the roadway over the dam on this side of it.



And we came from the other side to get to this spot.





The back of the name on the wire support structure.



Looking down river.



It is more than a foot deep even here below the dam.

People catching fish just past the water outlet.



Still a gray sky, but the clouds were being good and keeping the moisture to themselves.





We walked down to river level.





They have a nice little park here.



A wide view of the whole dam.



So after eating, taking some pictures, removing my coat liner, drying out a little, hooking up the GPS and wringing the water out of my gloves we are ready to head back out.

But, I need a picture of my bike in front of the dam.

Of course !!!







This picture was taken on our way home from the other side of the dam.

You can see the water backed up on the right side of the dam forming the reservoir.



And we head out up the hill on our way to VA.



Susquehanna River

Conowingo Dam, built in 1929, wikipedia.
Named after the town of Conowingo, which now sits at the bottom of the reservoir the dam created !

The hydroelectric station is now run by Exelon Corporation.

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So riding along,
and air drying as we go,
we are happy to finally see some blue.



These pictures are taken in Maryland and I am not sure where they all were,
but they are in the order my wife took them in.



When I say I took some back roads, I meant it !



Pretty countryside.



I never saw a steel covered bridge before !



Looking up.



Hit a few slightly urbanish areas.
But never had to go near Baltimore or the Beltway around it.





I had gone out with my friend to pick up his camper and he was on some of the same roads I had used getting to his house.
I took these on that trip.
That is why the sky looks better !



This is the Liberty Reservoir in Owings Mills, MD.







Lots of corn fields in Maryland in early August.





You start to see the beginnings of the Appalachian Mountains the further west you get into Maryland.



(Back to our ride pictures.)

We arrive at Point of Rocks, MD and pass this nice old train station.







And make our next stop just up the road at this park on the Potomac River just before we crossed into Virginia.



This is in Point of Rocks, MD and the bridge carries U.S. Route 15.



We had fairly dried out by now.
Still a bit damp, but a lot better than we were before !!!

EDIT: interesting when I went to put the marker on my map for the bridge the parking lot we were in is not there.
Must be a recent addition to the park.



So shedding a few more damp things we get back on the bike and head into Virginia.

The bridge crosses the railroad tracks first, and is right next to a tunnel.



The Potomac River.



And my wife is able to snap a fast pic of the "Virginia Welcomes You " sign.



And onto some nice VA back roads.



It was not far to our friends house from here.

We had pretty much dried out, but all of our riding gear was still damp.

And I must comment here that the OverBoard Waterproof Bags worked just like they were supposed to.

Thank you for making a great product that actually does what it is supposed to do.

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Yup!



Finally made it !



My friend was at work and was going to leave early, so I had some time to make a foray into Mountain Momma !

I was actually interested in getting a picture of my bike in front of this.



If you do not recognize this, this is John Brown's Fort in Harpers Ferry, WV.

I had to park a bit down the road, but that was not bad considering the tourist attraction this place has.



I took a gaggle of pictures in this little town.

Just a nice picturesque place.
Not to mention the history surrounding this place.

Lewis & Clark made visits here before their journey to find the north west passage.



I will just post pictures in the order I found stuff, so this may be a little convoluted.
But you have probably come to expect that from me !

Located at Harper's Ferry, what was then Virginia (and Harper's with an apostrophe), was an armory to make rifles for the U.S. Military.
West Virginia did not become a state until June 20, 1863,



John Brown thought it would be a good idea to get some free guns and ammo and abolish slavery.
The "fort" was actually the fire house.
You can see it in the picture above on the left.



It is a little hard to describe, but pretty much where the road is in the above picture is now an earth mound.
Which you can see in the fourth picture I posted.

As you will see, where John Brown's Fort is is now under where the earth mound is.

Hang in there, it may make sense at some point !!!



This section has a tunnel going through it.



Behind this earth mound is the Potomac River.



Directly behind this is where John Brown's Fort now stands.





Imagine moving a building like this.
And not just once, but 4 times !



We are standing in West Virginia as far east as you can get in the state.

This is looking down the Potomac River, which flows in from the left, and the Shenandoah flows in from the right.
Virginia is beyond the Shenandoah River on the right, but actually, part of that hill is still West Virginia.
Looks like where the Shenandoah ends, West Virginia Ends.
The hill to the right is Loudoun Heights.
From the left flows in the Potomac River, and across that river is Maryland.
The hill over there is Maryland Heights.
Behind me and behind Harpers Ferry is Bolivar Heights, WV.

The bridge in the distance is U.S. 340 which comes from the left in Maryland over to Virginia on the right,
and then runs into West Virginia, which is where I took my "Welcome to West Virginia" sign picture at.

340 hugs the Potomac and then crosses the Shenandoah into Harpers Ferry about a half mile behind where I am standing.



To the left at the confluence, (Like that word!?) of the Potomac and the Shenandoah there were a couple of railroad bridges, which you will see in pictures later.
These are supports for the original train bridge going into Maryland over the Potomac.



These are old supports for a train bridge over the Shenandoah going into what is now West Virginia and then into Virginia along what is now Route 340.
There are no railroad tracks over there now.



This area was very important even before the Civil War.

They built the armory here and Canal and Train traffic went through here to get into western Virginia because of the gap in the mountains.





You can see the two bridges in this picture.
The covered one closest to you is the one over the Potomac.
This is looking at Harpers Ferry across the river from Maryland Heights.

The bridge in the distance on the left is where the other supports are over the Shenandoah.





The Appalachian Trail runs through Harpers Ferry and crosses the current train bridge.



Almost half way !



Yes, you can cross on an active train bridge.

Looking back out from the train bridge.



Looking back towards the town.



Like I said, I took a lot of pictures here, so I will make several posts.

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park WV, VA, MD

Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, WV wikipedia

John Brown's Fort - Harpers Ferry National Historic Park WV, VA, MD

John Brown's Fort wikipedia

Here is a nice YouTube video about Harpers Ferry and John Brown put out by WV Public Broadcasting

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Heading back under the train bridge you can see John Brown's Fort on the left.



Before I went back over there I saw some signs that they use to explain Civil War battles.











Harpers Ferry was a prominent area during the Civil War because of its location, as well as it being an arsenal.



Some reenactors heading to their posts.



Then off to my right, toward the river, up on the earth mound I see a monument.

So, naturally, I head over that way and climb the stairs.



JOHN BROWN'S FORT ! ?



That building across the way stood here originally!?



Man is this confusing !



I am standing up on the hill to the right.
This picture was taken right about where the fort stands today.
Actually, the foundation in the foreground is where John Brown's Fort stands today.



It appears the dirt mound I am on is an old railroad bed.
From reading these information signs and looking at an aerial view on the map that seems to be the case.

So this mound runs almost where the road was in front of where John Brown's Fort stood originally in the old picture.

The remnants of some of the Armory Buildings are between the dirt mound/railroad bed and the Potomac River.
Pics on that later.





And there she stands today.
Hopefully to never be moved again !



This nice church sits up on the top of the hill overlooking the city.



It does not look like the same church as in the old pictures.

And the lower parts of Harpers Ferry, WV.



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So there I am up on top of this old railroad bed and I see between here and the river some stuff I never saw before.

I guess that hill was in my way !





More information about the goings on here at Harpers Ferry.

You can see a black marker pointing to "You Are Here" on the right.

That's where I am at !





The Potomac is on the left and the Shenandoah would be on the back coming in from the right, but is not seen in the picture.
Well, maybe a little bit of it.
It is hard to tell from the black and white (black and blue) picture.





So in a daring escape, for some anyway, they built a pontoon bridge, which are the boats in the river.

Then I notice that it "was attached to iron rings in the river wall below you."

So, lets see if they are still there !

After I finish reading the sign of course!



Here is the sign I am reading and there is a path going down to the river.

Who am I to disregard history?



This is looking back up the path from the Potomac River.



Oh look, a butterfly !





Look, one of those rings they said were down here!



I thought it looked like a giant cotter pin!

But WOW, after 150 years it is still in the wall.

This is history.

So lets get a picture of the other iron ring.





Absconded for a souvenir I suppose!

Stinkin' tourists !

Oh well, a nice view of the river from here anyway.

The hill is Maryland Heights.
Just in case you were keeping track !



The bridge on the right has the walkway over it which is also part of the Appalachian Trail.

The supports for the bridge in the old pictures are behind that bridge to the right.

OK, back up the hill to the other stuff I saw.



Looks like a boat.

Made of iron straps.



Ah, part of the Lewis & Clark thing.



More history here than I thought !

So apparently, between the old railroad bed and the river is where the Armory was.



The last building at the bottom on the left looks like where the Firehouse,
aka John Brown's Fort was, which is now under the railroad bed.

A remnant of that Armory complex.



This is an older picture of the area I am in.
The trees on the right are no longer there.
And the hill is now grass and more defined.





This is what it looks like today.



I took this from the top of the hill where the train station is.
(We have not gotten to that yet!)



John Brown's Fort TODAY stands to the right behind the tree behind the old railroad bed. You can just barely see some of the building.

John Brown's Fort ORIGINALLY stood under the railroad bed where the tree is covering on the right.
The monument is of course on top of the old railroad bed just out of sight behind that infamous tree !

The path down to the river is in the back where that brown area is and goes down to the left.

The arch remnant of the Armory is that square hole on the left.

The information sign is the bluish one on the right between the fenced off areas.

I found a list of some of these signs, and a WHOLE LOT MORE on Historical Marker Database. (link is for Harpers Ferry signs listed alphabetically)
I found most of the ones I posted here.
If you scroll to the bottom and click on "Click to map all markers shown on this page" you can focus on any specific area you would like.
I do not know when they took pictures of their signs because some of them look older then the ones I saw.
But all are interesting if you like history.

And this looks like the end of the line !



My bike is off to the right.

It is that RED thing !

No, the smaller one further right!!!



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OK

This is my last post for Harpers Ferry.

Honest !!!

That train station I was telling you about.



Built in 1889 and apparently also sits on top of old buried Armory ruins !

Harpers Ferry Train Station, wikipedia

Through the breezeway I see what looks like an older station on the other side of the tracks.



More on that later.
But do note the steps going down to the right !
Because I did !
This is looking west up the line.



This is looking east toward Maryland Heights.



There was a pedestrian tunnel to get to the other building on the other side of the tracks.
That stairway I mentioned.

So !



This is looking out at the Potomac River.



Sure it is !
It's there somewhere!

I think it is that bluish tint you see at the bottom !!!



Coming up into the other platform.



Nice "OLD" curved roof line.



And finally a decent picture of the train station.

Which is still in use.



You can see both bridges from this side.



Time to be heading out.

I liked the sign on this building across the street from my bike.



And of course there is always the John Brown Wax Museum up the hill.



And as usual, I get a picture of where I was going after I have been there !



I took a ride up to Bolivar Heights.



This is looking directly across Harpers Ferry, which is in the valley below and not visible.
The peak on the left is Maryland Heights and the one on the right is Loudoun Heights.
The valley between is of course where the Potomac River flows through with the Shenandoah coming in from the right.

I was going to get a picture of my bike here.
But there was a man talking to a tour group under a tent off to my right and I did not want to interfere with his speech.

I figured I would get back on my bike and then take a quick shot on my way out.

I was on what looked like a stopping area for the tour buses coming from the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center.

And I was right!

One came up the hill as I was ready to leave.
So no picture of my bike with a beautiful backdrop !



Oh well, I was planning on a ride in the area of Loudoun Heights on the way back to my friends house so I thought I would find something there.

I head down a narrow back road and make my way back to 340 and across the river and take a side road and enjoy some nice Mountain Momma roads.

I was surprised at how well I was handling these roads.

They were not as steep and curvy as they are further west in West Virginia.



But it was fun.

I looked at the time and realized I had to get back to my friends house.

So I set the GPS to his address and head for home.

Nice day of riding.

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I took a couple of pictures at my friends house.

It rained the night we got there.



Just like the day we rode there!

But the rest of our time was pretty precipitation free.

Friday I spent at Harpers Ferry and then going with my friend to pick up his camper.
Which is where I got pictures of the Liberty Reservoir.

Saturday it rained a little more, but we got out for some sight seeing.
No bike, so no pictures.
(Unless you really want to see some ! )

Sunday we spent the day at church and visiting more people.
Got some ideas for our ride home, as you will see later.

We also got a beautiful sunset on Sunday the evening before we left.



So next will be our trip home.

The long way !

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So after a nice visit with our friends we set out for home.

I stopped at the Virginia Welcomes You sign just before crossing over the Potomac River into Maryland.





Yes, they were unloading beer at the gas station!

We took the long way home of course, but not because of the red truck!

There were a few things in the area I had not been able to stop at on other visits here.

I had also looked up the Tag-O-Rama games in the surrounding states.

Virgina, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Maryland had the only Tag close enough to be able to make it home on the same day !

Our first stop was at this nice tower memorial.



This is the War Correspondents Memorial Arch at Crampton's Gap in Burkittsville , MD.

I have driven through here before, with two more wheels attached, but had never stopped.



This area is a gap in the South Mountain.
I always think of mountains as roundish heights with a peak on them.
The mountains in the Appalachians can run for miles with the same name.
With that kind of topography these mountains create a natural barrier that is hard to cross, except where there
becomes a low spot on that mountain, which is called a gap. And that is where people crossed over these ridges.

These gaps also played a big role during the Civil War.

After the Civil War this man bought this area and made this arch to remember the men who recorded the war at the risk of their own lives.





George Townsen had many buildings here at Crampton's Gap.
There are not too many left whole.



Oooo! Look, a butterfly !!!



This is the front of the memorial.



It is a little hard to read the words on the brick.
It says WAR on the left and CORRESPONDENTS in the center.





A weather vane on the top right.



I am not really sure who the statue is.



I thought perhaps Aries, the Greek god of war, but he does not have the same persona.
Then I thought it was Pan, he is the Greek god of nature, but he has goat legs, and this does not.
Then perhaps Apollo, but he carried a harp, and not a flute.
Apollo is the god of, well, so much: has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more!
Really gets around it looks like !

Perhaps Mercury, you know, the guy who delivers flowers for FTD florists !



Anyway, perhaps it is a combo to the idea of an honest report of a true story.

Looks like I need to look up and find out what this stuff means.
I don't know if this says SPEED or SPCCD.



Another mysterious person.



Then on the right side is another person with the wood HEED or HCCD.



SPEED and HEED would make the most sense.

But why does she have a nail through her head ! ???





I'll have to concentrate on that one for a while !!!!

I know what these are !!!





This is on the stone memorial sitting in front of the War Correspondents Arch.



New Jersey strikes again !

This is the top plaque on the left side of the Arch.



And a nice poem for War Correspondents.



This in the lower plaque on the left side of the Arch.



This is on the back left side of the Arch.



And this is on the back right side of the Arch.



This is on the right side of the Arch.



A little hard to read.
I will look up and see if anyone has translations for all of this.

The back side of the Arch.





Oooooo! Look, a snake skin !



As I mentioned before, this area was important in the initial campaign of the Confederate States to invade the North.







A nice layout of four plaques describing the confrontation here in 1862.









This is the road we came up getting to Crampton's Gap.



And heading down the western side into Washington County.





The name Gath is explained on the second sign I posted.
Thus they named this area Gathland.



And off we go down the side of the mountain to our next adventure.





Maryland State Parks information on Gathland.

Wikipedia. Which does have a few of the inscriptions spelled out.

The Appalachian Trail also goes through here.

OK, the gal with the wings on her head is Electricity with the word SPEED underneath of her.

The gal with the nail through her head is Poetry with the word HEED underneath.

The horse, is a horse, of course, of course, that is unless of course the horse is the famous ......

The mystery sculpture is, dunt dunt duuuu!!!!
...Pheidippides

WHO?
He is playing the pan pipes, handling a sword and wearing Mercury's helmet.
I got some of it right !
He is apparently the hero who brought the news to Athens of the victory at Marathon and died crying "Joy to you, we've won!" with his last breath.

Now you know, .... and so do I !

Found all of that interesting information on one of my favorite websites, The Historical Marker Database.

It has all of the inscriptions typed out so you can read them.

You can click on the map to find the other markers or they have a spot for Other Nearby Markers.

The Battle of South Mountain at Crampton's Gap on Civil War Trust.
Click on the red banner that says "Learn more about this battle" to see some great details about this place in history.

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I should be going to bed, but I need to catch up.

Or get closer to catching up !

Riding still further west we pass some more beautiful scenery.



And reach our destination.



This was the Maryland Tag-O-Rama Tag.



The observation tower had been done before so the memorial on the left was the new Tag.



By the way, we are now at ANTIETAM National Battlefield.

I liked this Tag because I am quite a bit Irish !

The detail on this memorial is fascinating.





This gentleman was over the Irish Brigade.
He is not the gentleman in the relief that is wounded.



Information about Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher.



Here is the information typed out once again on HMDB.







Perhaps with my Irish background I should paint my PC GREEN !



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So in the Maryland Tag-O-Rama they use a Mascot.
This one happened to be hiding in the tower underneath the stairs.





I am not fond of the mascot idea.
I wanted to Tag something closer to my friends house, but in order to do so I would have to have ridden here and grab the mascot and then ride all the way back.

So, therefore I had to drop a new Tag on my way home.
Which wasn't a problem because most of our ride was in Maryland.

Nice mascot huh?





Oh look, New Jersey again !



Major General Israel Richardson.
He was mortally wounded here at Antietam.

The bloodiest single day of battle during the Civil War.



HMDB for above memorial.

This is called Bloody Lane because of the number of casualties that occurred on this stretch of road.
The sunken grassy area was the original road and used as a kind of fox hole.
It was also called Sunken Road.



We climbed the Observation Tower to have a look around.



Bloody Lane continues down to where the paved road turns in the distance.
The second picture of this post shows the other end of Bloody Lane today. (The dirt path straight ahead of me.)

Information on Bloody Lane on Wikipedia, about half way down.
Includes a picture of why it is named as such, but not very pleasant to look at.

Hard to talk about what happened here.
So many lost their lives.

Off in the distance you can see the Visitors Center, which is pretty much in the center of the picture.
The monuments to it's right we will visit later.



Bloody Lane is looking North West from the top of the tower.

The view below is looking North East.



The above picture is looking towards Boonsboro, MD (not visible), and we will be over that way later.
The mountain you see is South Mountain.
Like I said, the mountains here run for a good distance.
Gathland is about 90 degrees to the right of this picture.
Somewhere in the picture below looking South East.



And the picture below is looking South West.
Kind of looking towards Sharpsburg where some of the Battle of Antietam started.
Shepherdstown is further behind that (both not visible).



At the top of the tower was the platform, and a cage to keep people from falling down the stairs.



Yes, those stairs.





More on Antietam later.

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