Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 13: Sal began today’s 69-mile segment at the State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
We retraced our route back to U.S. Route 1, then headed south into Washington, DC. We tried without success to get through congestion, construction and a heavy police presence to a statue of Rochambeau erected in 1902 in Lafayette Park opposite the White House. The best we could manage was a shot of Sal with the White House in the background….[Read More]
Painting Was Commissioned by the Museum of the American Revolution
Funding Was Provided by the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail of the National Park Service
A new painting, titled “Brave Men as Ever Fought,” by nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani was unveiled by the Museum of the American Revolution today at The African American Museum in Philadelphia. The painting depicts a little-known moment from the Revolutionary War that took place exactly 240 years ago today….[Read More]
Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 11: Sal and I returned to Rochambeau Plaza in Havre de Grace for the start of today’s 38-mile cycling segment.
Washington and Lafayette are honored with monuments in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. Participants in the noon program there included Steven Lampredi, re-enacting merchant Robert Long, and Stephen Faulkner, re-enacting James Armistead Lafayette, an African American slave who was employed as a spy by Lafayette,…[Read More]
Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 10: Our U-Haul was stolen overnight, along with everything in it – the kayak, both bicycles, tools, tire pumps, spare wheels, other spare parts, three boxes of W3R T-shirts, a box of Sal’s book, food, receipts, proclamations and business cards, among other things. In other words, anything we had not brought into the hotel with us last night was gone. Fortunately, our computers, clothes and paperwork – the items that mattered most – were in the hotel,…[Read More]
The day began with heavy rain from Hurricane Henri, but the downpour had abated and the sky was clearing by the time Sal and Jeff returned to Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the formal start of today’s 36-mile ride.
Sal began bicycling south at Independence Hall (to the left of Jeff’s head), where on September 4, 1781, the French and Continental troops passed in review before the Confederation Congress.
30 miles later,…[Read More]
Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 8: We passed the midpoint of the Tour as Sal pedaled 95 miles to push his total mileage since Newport to more than 400. We began with a farewell shot at the Princeton Battle Monument, then went to the Trent House in Trenton, built in 1719, where we were welcomed by Paul Larson and W3R Leadership Council member Sam Stephens.
Then we entered Pennsylvania,…[Read More]
Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 6: With no formal ceremonies on the schedule, we caught some extra sleep and left the entrance to the Stony Point Battlefield in New York at 11:20 a.m. and crossed into New Jersey at Mahwah a little over an hour later.
A marker at a Montville intersection noted that Washington’s troops had camped in the area and that a nearby bridge was a key transportation link during the Revolutionary War….[Read More]
Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 5: Sal departed from the Odell House and, after riding up Westchester’s South and North County Trailways, arrived in Yorktown Heights for a noon ceremony at the Pines Bridge Memorial, honoring the victims of a nearby massacre May 14, 1781.
Next stop was the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, where a ceremony was held at the final resting place of the massacre victims….[Read More]