Monday, June 22, 2009
The Trip Begins
I'm off on my motorcycle tour of the North East. Unfortunately I had to call an audible and will not be going to Nova Scotia. I am meeting some old AmeriCorps Friends down near New York City latter in the week, so I had to make some changes to my itinerary. Here are a couple of high points of my trip thus far. The weather has not afforded good photo opportunities but with 7 more days of riding hopefully some will come along!
Western New York (Starting Point)
Saratoga Springs, NY (Tuning Point of the Revolutionary War)
Back in 1777, American Colonial Forces defeated a British Army under General John Burgoyne in two separate battles which took place in September and October of the same year. The real hero of The Battle of Saratoga was the fearless Benedict Arnold who was wounded in the foot while rallying his colonial troops. If one spends just a bit of time wondering through the park, they will find a tribute to Arnold's Heroism in the form of a Bronze Sculptured Boot (he is given no other such honor or tribute).
Whitehall, NY (Birthplace of the United States Navy)
In 1775 American Colonial Forces captured a British Trading Post in Whitehall, NY. During this battle a British Trading Schooner was captured which became the first ship in the United States Navy. This ship and others like it were used to capture a British War ship in Lake Champlain. The captured British Ship was renamed the US Enterprise. The man who was in charge of the American Fleet during these naval engagements was a hot tempered patriot named Colonel Benedict Arnold.
Rutland, VT (Best skiing in the North East)
Killington and Pico are two of my most favorite places to board and ski on the East Coast.
Woodstock, VT (Get Your Covered Bridge On)
If you want to see old school Covered Bridges then make your way to Woodstock, Vermont. You will not be disappointed.
Concord, NH. (Be aware of cats)
Cats are on my mind because I almost hit one doing 60MPH. It just seems like the more Cats one has the crazier one becomes. Is it the CAT that makes a person crazy or is it the Crazy Person with a 100 Cats that give felines a bad name? My vote is for the latter.
Posted by Rob at 5:13 PM