Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Road Trip - Day 13 - Leaving Pennsylvania via Gettysburg

Today was our last day at the farm stay so after another delicious Amish breakfast complete with homemade bread (I make my own bread too but this one was exceptional) I had to buy the Busy Mother's cook book - a cook book Martha's recipes are in including the bread recipe which I am keen to try out.

After breakfast the girls disappeared playing on the farm, whilst we dressed and packed up the car ready for the start of our journey home to Chicago.

The girls enjoyed their last play with Stephen Jr and Malinda, then it was time for goodbyes and for us to be on our way, it was hard dragging the girls away but finally we did and we got on our way, we had a quick stop at King's Hardware where we picked up an Amish scooter for myself, don't laugh but this scooter is ace and my girls are so fast on their scooters now I can't keep up, so now I have my own scooter complete with a basket. After the scooter purchase we got on our way, our next stop was Pittsburg for the night via Gettysburg.

So we took the original historic Lincoln Highway out of Lancaster County, the Lincoln Highway was the first/original highway in America, the Lincoln Highway spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally it flowed through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinios, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California, we truly travelled through history, one of the highlights was seeing an old fashioned MacDonalds sign

Our reason to see Gettysburg was to visit the Gettysburg National Military Park - a place rich in history as the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and it was where Abraham Lincoln (the then president of the USA) made the famous Gettysburg Address. It was a very interesting place and gave a great insight into the Civil War - it was truly amazing, the best bit was the painting called the "Battle of Gettysburg"  it was an enormous circular painting of The Battle of Gettysburg, also known as the Gettysburg Cyclorama (a type of 360° cylindrical painting) painted by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux in 1864 and it re-creates Pickett’s Charge, a climactic Confederate attack on Union forces during the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

 After leaving the museum we bumped in Abe Lincoln well a statue of him, then we made our way back along the Lincoln Highway to Pittsburgh our stop for the night.

Although still in the beautiful Pennsylvania we were well and truly on our way home, next stop Cleveland Ohio and another new state for me.

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