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Sep '09

Chillicothe, OH to Frederick, MD via Fort Necessity NB and Antietam NB – 433 miles

It rained overnight in Chillicothe and of course it started to sprinkle just as I got the bike loaded and checked out of the motel. I ran through patches of fairly light rain until I got to Pennsylvania with a bit of heavier showers west of Wheeling, WV.

My first stop was Fort Necessity National Battlefield near Farmington, PA. Fort Necessity was established by the young George Washington to counter the nearby French Fort Duqesne. An attack by Washington’s troops on some French soldiers resulted in the death of the French commander and started the French and Indian Wars. Washington also had to surrender to the French counterattack on Fort Necessity. Doh!

My second stop of the day was at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD. The battle at Antietam was one of the early Civil War battles and resulted in the 23,000 dead, wounded or missing soldiers and it only lasted 12 hours! There are orientation talks from an observation deck on top of the visitor center as well as a driving tour of the battlefield.

By the time I finished at Antietam it was too late in the day to visit any more sites so I got a room in Frederick, MD.

If you’ve been reading my previous posts you’ll notice that my National Park Tour stats have changed. I went back and counted and realized I made an error.

National Park Tour progress so far – 15 sites, 11 states.

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1 Comment » to “Chillicothe, OH to Frederick, MD via Fort Necessity NB and Antietam NB – 433 miles”

  1. ob Says:

    interesting bloggin, “biker dude”!

    i am enjoying reading them…
    safe travels