Rocky Mount, NC to Norfolk, VA., BB Wisconsin, MacArthur Grave, Ft Eustis, Yorktown, Ft Monroe

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Norfolk

After I finally got my mail, I set out for Norfolk, VA and found the Elks Lodge with minimal problems. The Lodge is one of the nicest set ups I have seen on my travels to date. The RV parking is right up to the fence of a large olympic sized L shaped swinning pool. The electric and water is not too well laid out but I could manage to get set up. The have a snack bar in the pool area serving burgers, dogs and fries along with soft drinks and beer. After a bit, we were all on a first name basis and they were a very friendly group. The Lodge is only a few miles from downtown Norfolk and very convienent.

This area has many attractions to see and experience and I really enjoyed my stay here.

My first day was a busy one. I started out with a 2 hour harbor cruise which took us out to the Navy base.

BB Wisconsin
Quite a few ships were in port and I saw destroyers, submarines, and various support ships. After the cruise, I visited the Nauticus which is a good sea science museum. Very well done displays in it. Right next door is the Battleship Wisconsin which is open for limited tours. The Wisconsin is an Iowa class battleship. One of 4 built during WW2.This ship was used in the first Gulf war having been modernized and equipped with the latest weapons. It is in the Navy inactive fleet, sealed and could be put back into service if needed. As a result, the tours are limited to the deck area only. This is my third battleship visited. Alabama, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

On another day, I returned to the harbor and took a ferry across the harbor over to Portsmouth. Visited the navy yard Museum that showed the development of the Navy yard from the Revolutionary war to present.

MacArthur Shrine
From there, I visited the General MacArthur Museum/Shrine. The General and his wife are buried here and it really is set up as more of a shrine than a museum. the story of his life and military career were presented. A large section went into the history of his battle with President Truman during the Korean War. The presentation is very biased to his side of the problem and quite different than what we were taught. He was a great General but also had a giant ego and all of the associated faults  that brings.

Newport News was my next trip and there I visited the Mariners Museum. One of the best I have seen. They have quite a large area covering the restoration of pieces of the Confederate Ironclad, Monitor. Huge tanks are behind the museum holding and treating parts of the ship that have been recovered.

Monitor Engine
Bit by bit the plan is to recover as much as they can from the wreck and bring it all to the museum for treatment and display. In another part of the building is a good display showing how slaves were captured and transported to the south for sale. Rooms are full of extremly well made models of ships. A great museum and one that should not be missed.

A few miles north on this is the US Army Transportation Museum in Fort Eustis. here they display all of the transportation used by the Army from mules to the latest. Trains, boats, planes and trucks are all on display. One interesting section was the various changes in the Army Jeep from the first to the last. Security was tight in entering this active Army base.

Near Ft Eustis is the Yorktown National battleground which I toured.

Ft Eustis Jeeps over the years
This is the place where the British General Cornwallis surrendered his army to the Revolutionary forces and where we gained out independence. Thus began the United States of America. The Yorktown site is mainly battlefields with the artillery batteries identified and the story of the battle told in the visitors center.

In Hampton Roads, is Fort Monroe which was built in the 1800's and is still an active Army base. This fort was built to help protect the entrance of Chesapeake bay during the Civil War. It was the home of the now disbanded Coast Artillery Corps and today is the home of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. The current fort is constructed around the origional old star shaped fort and within the origional are many of the old beautiful homes which are currently occupied by the upper officer corps.

Ft Monroe Generals Home
Interesting is the fact that on the upper battlements of the old fort are buried many of the pets of the personnel stationed there.

The Virginia Air and Space Museum was another stop for me while in Norfolk. It is another well done museum but focused more on a younger crowd. many interactive displays and the kids have a great time here. Aircraft are hung from the ceiling.

Summary:

Elks Lodges - 11   Escapees Parks - 5   Public RV Parks - 6 National Parks - 8   Major ships - 4   Forts - 7

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

 

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