Miles done about 154 today, total 1679.
We stayed in a travel lodge tonight and we obviously got one of the last rooms. It was joined to another one and was decorated for young children. There were teddy bear pictures all over the place. Including this. The curtains, bedspreads and lampshades were all of Mr Sleepy. Thank goodness we were.
|Kit and Ted had a sleep over.|
Yet another crap weather day. The USA is having some really weird weather at the moment. Record breaking snow falls are due in the next couple of days. It just gets better...
Anyway, before setting off for Washington we popped into the Gettysburg war cemetery. It was a humbling place with so many unknown victims.
|This was the first memorial we came across. They are placed where the unit fought from.|
|Rows and rows of unknown soldiers.|
|The main memorial where the Gettysburg address was given from.|
|The site was being watched over by some hawkish characters. We think it is a red tailed hawk, a juvenile.|
|Photo taken by us...|
|Photo taken by an obliging American lady, presumably drunk, but obliging never the less. (It took me a while to see that the railings and the white house are at an angle behind Ray and me). Actually I'm in shock over my helmet hair.|
|Looking in the other direction. As is the norm for us, anything worth photographing is always covered in scaffolding. The Washington Memorial.|
I would normally say I was not disappointed but due to the nature of the place that is the wrong word. Arlington is an awesomely large place of homage to those who have served or given their lives in the pursuit of retaining freedom to the American people. As was pointed out by one of the guides, "Freedom is not free". I would add that the ultimate sacrifice for freedom is the price that the few pay for the many to enjoy it.
|The Lincoln Memorial|
|The rows of grave was endless. Those killed in action as well as retired servicemen and their families are eligible to be buried here. No photo can convey the enormity or the vastness of this cemetery.|
|The Iwo Jima memorial to the US Marine Corps.|
|The Vietnam wall. All those that perished during the Vietnam war are inscribed upon it.|
It was a thoroughly miserable, wet, rush hour journey. I was glad it was over. We are in the Scottish Inn, run by Indians from Mumbai, cheapest yet,but a very good standard.
Tomorrow we are heading into the hills, and the weather is supposed to be dry, we'll see......