Charles City to Ashland, Virginia. (55 mi.) Mile 123
The Civil War remembered
The books tell us that this section of the route is noted for the high number of scenic, historic plantations and squashed 'possums per mile.....well, maybe they didn't mention the 'possums. It was sunny and humid as we rode through open country and dense deciduous woods, past many historic plantations and Civil War landmarks.
Morning behind the Indian Field Tavern, where we hoped the silo would act as a lightening rod in the previous night's storm.
Turtle Relocating -
One of the many plantations
At the Cold Harbor Civil War Battlefield, we stopped. Marilyn's great-
Trenches dug by Confederate soldiers June 1864 at the Cold Harbor Battlefield are still visible in these haunted woods.
Whatever went through Charles Tuesley's 22 year old mind as he followed Grant's bloody campaign into the South, it was surely not that someday a great-
We arrived at our Americamp campground in Ashland late. Like most private American campgrounds, this one is a lot like a gravel parking lot with trees, usually located next to a) a freeway, b) a railroad track, or c) a teenage party destination. Since there was a tornado warning for the area, we were assigned a shelter next to the freeway where the trucks used their compression brakes all night. There wasn't a drop of rain nor a puff of wind all night. The weather warning was a night too late. At least we've appreciated the showers, laundry, and computer data port if not any sleep.