Summer 2021, Day 3: Hopewell Culture NHS, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NHS, Lincoln Boyhood NM

The first stop of the day was Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, a 2000-year-old Native American burial site:

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Next I visited Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.  Charles Young purchased this home during his time teaching at nearby Wilberforce University:

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Crossed into a couple of states:

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The last stop of the day was Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial:

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The memorial portion of the site:

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The site contains stones that were significant in Lincoln’s life:

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The stones are arrayed along this nature trail:

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The memorial also contains bronze castings of the sill logs and hearth stones of Lincoln’s boyhood home in their original location:

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Lincoln’s mother’s grave:

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I overnighted at the Walmart of Princeton, Indiana.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2021, Day 2: Fort Fredrick SP

I got off to an early start and made my way from Pennsylvania to Maryland.  I spotted this Cicada at a gas station:

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I visited Fort Frederick State Park in Maryland. This fort was built in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, partially in response to the loss of Fort Necessity, a location we visited in the summer of 2018. The fort was also manned during the Revolutionary War and Civil War:

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I crossed into Ohio and stopped at Menards to buy parts to improve the mounting of the truck camper to the truck:

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Menards is like Home Depot, but with a dairy section:

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I overnighted at the Walmart of Athens, Ohio.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

Spring RV mods

The truck’s overload springs provide a stiffer ride under load when they’re fully engaged, so I installed these bumpers to keep the overload springs under tension at all times:

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I installed these skewers so I can carry my bikes in the truck camper:

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I broke up a laptop cooling pad and built this frame to build a powered exhaust system to cool the coils on the back of the refrigerator:

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The lights built in to the fan cause the refrigerator exhaust cover to glow:

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I sealed the back of the refrigerator from the cabin so the negative pressure from the fans can suck fresh air through the lower vent and exhaust it out the roof vent:

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I modified the PPG mount in the RV, and in the process punctured a propane line, so I had to take apart the bench and replace the damaged line:

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The biggest job was welding on struts that connect the front and rear jacks to increase the truck camper’s stability when I’m getting the truck camper on and off the truck:

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Now I’m ready for adventure!