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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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Jun 20, 2010 - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is not the actual mid-point of the Appalachian Trail, but it is the psychological mid-point for many hikers, probably because it’s close to the actual halfway mark and because it’s where the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters is located. I hiked north again today because I wanted to hike, like the majority of thru-hikers do, down the mountain into Harpers Ferry. As it turned out, the trees were so thick and covered in leaves that I couldn’t even see the Shenandoah River until I was at the bridge. Harpers...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jun 3, 2010 - Harpers Ferry -- W. VA.

Harpers Ferry is not just one city in one state. Depending on where you are at Harper’s Ferry, you can be in either Maryland, West Virginia or Virginia. There are still some of the original buildings and foundations that can be seen. Harpers Ferry is best know for John Brown’s raid in his attempt to end slavery.

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TravelLust USA

May 14, 2010 - Harpers Ferry, WV and Mystic, CT

Our trip to Harpers Ferry was very relaxing and the weather was outstanding. It started on Thursday morning with a trip to the New Haven train station to drop my wife off. She had to be in New York for meetings on Friday so we decided that I would meet her at her sisters in NJ Friday afternoon. The trip to NJ was very smooth, very little traffic and clear weather. Parked the trailer on the street in front of Deb's sisters house and had a nice evening with Ken and the kids while Carole went out for a ladies night. Saturday morning started...

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Dec 30, 2009 - Day 5 - Virginia Wine Country

A great deal of careful planning went into this trip. Many wineries were closed for the week between Christmas and New Year, and those that were open often kept only weekend hours - no good for us. So I researched and plotted routes that would take us to as many open wineries as we could. In California, one may hit several wineries in an hour because they are so close to one another. In Virginia, one may drive nearly an hour between wineries. So pacing one's tastings becomes less of an issue. Our second day of tasting brought us to Barrel...

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Dec 29, 2009 - Day 4 - Virginia Wine Country

Anyone who knows me knows that wine is a passion of mine. Hundreds of generations of growers and winemakers have passed their knowledge and passion for wine down to sons, daughters, and apprentices to create this one single glass of wine. And when I put a taste of a new wine to my lips, I feel like I am honoring that legacy. It becomes more than a glass of wine to me; it becomes a taste of living history. Virginia wine country has been around for well over a century, yet has not really garnered the recognition that California or even New...

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