29. Apr, 2016

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WEDNESDAY 08-10-09 

This morning we had a bit of a lie in before preparing for our short bike ride to the Gettysburg National Military Park & Cemetery www.nps.gov/gett . Due to the excellent location of our campground we were there in no time. We spent about 2½ hours touring around just a small area of the battlefield with all the other visitors arriving by car or in coach parties none of which stopped long enough to let anybody get off. 

The battlefield is littered with hundreds of monuments dedicated to various army groups who fought there during the three day battle. We had a sweeping panoramic view of the fields in which the fighting took place.  On the edge of the site and within view is a retail outlet for KFC, so even Colonel Saunders gets recognition. Surely with a little thought in the planning process his fast food ‘bunker’ could have been moved down the road and out of sight. 

After our visit we folded up the bikes and put them back in the cargo locker, prepared the RV for the road, had lunch and then hit the road for Cherry Hill Park, Maryland, an area just outside Washington DC which has the nearest campground to the Capital city. 

After coming across a really good grocery store not far from the campground which allowed us to stock up, we arrived here at Cherry Hill Park www.cherryhillpark.com for a stay of up to a week. We want to allow ourselves plenty of time to see everything we’d planned, and besides it’s Columbus Day this coming Monday which is a Public Holiday and if we move off the site too soon we could have a real problem finding somewhere else. There is a very good bus service from the campground to College Park Metro station, from which we can get all the way in to central Washington DC; the total trip door to door is apparently about an hour. 

This evening has been spent watching Cable TV such as it is, and tomorrow we’ll be making our way in to Washington DC to play tourists. 

LOCATION TONIGHT: Cherry Hill Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD 20740 (GPS: N39.025129 W76.941287).