Norfolk, VA to Marlton, NJ / Philadelphia, PA., Eastern State Penitentiary

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Ben Franklin Philadelphia

When I left Norfolk, I took the Chesapeake Bridge and Tunnel which connects you to the northern part of Virginia, on through Maryland, Delaware and into New Jersey. Four states in one day. can't do that in the west! Parked at a little Elks Lodge in Marlton, NJ which is only 20 miles east of Philadelphia. The lodge was a small home and only open on weekends. A guy was mowing the lawn and helped me locate where to park.

My first day in Philadelphia involved a walk all around the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. There were long lines to get into see the Bell and security as tough as an airport so I decided to pass on it. Costumed actors were all around the area giving little skits associated with the history of the area.

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Ben Franklin was there recruiting kids to join the Revolutionary Army and fight the British forces. The children really enjoyed it and history was being made for them. I then took a guided trolly of the city and got a good overview of it. One section I walked through was loaded with little funky bars and clubs and the streets were full of tattooed pierced young people. I saw ear loops inches long and more metal piercing in faces than I have ever seen before. Never would make it through airport screening!

Thanks to the trolly tour, I returned the next day and went to explore the Eastern State Penitentiary. What a place! It was featured on a History Channel not too long ago (The Big House). Due to the condition of the buildings, only a couple of cell blocks were open to the public but they offered a guided tour that took us into other areas not open to the general viewing.

Eastern States Prison
We had to wear hard hats while in the buildings. The prison closed 30 years ago and sat empty and unoccupied and uncared for with no maintenance during this period. As a result, the buildings have literally started to melt away due to water damage. Roofs are falling in and cement falling down. Any metal in the buildings is rusting away. Al Capone was a featured inmate when the prison was active. The history of prisons was influenced greatly by the early work done here. It was not pretty.

Summary:

Elks Lodges: 12   Escapees Parks: 5   Public RV Parks: 6  National Parks: 9  Major Ships: 4   Forts: 6

Expenses: 3 months on the road with an average expense of $1821 per month.

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