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On the drive to Gettysburg Google Maps sent me on some two lane highways that went up and over and through the hills. These winding highways with an occasional farm or house along the side of the road. While driving around a turn, there was a red car not too far in front of me. Suddenly something was going across the road in front of me, rather slowly. I peered to realize too late... it was a turtle! A split second later my left front tire rolled over him. I looked in the mirror to see the poor guy rolled over on his back. I hope I didn't kill him. The truck behind me was able to steer clear. If only I had a few more seconds I would have missed him, but there really wasn't that much space between me and the car ahead and very little time to notice.

The road where I drove over the poor turtle
  Just why was the turtle crossing the road?

So I got to Gettysburg in the late afternoon. A sign pointing to an info station pointed to restrooms only. I saw a sign pointing the auto tour and followed those, figuring it would eventually get me to the museum. I found a sign for one museum, but that turned out to be just a hotel musem in a restored building, not the main one.  There were thousands of monuments, and I stopped to get photos of every one that I could. Each time I thought I made it to the biggest collection of monuments, there were larger ones farther off. I finally found a map and followed the map to a collection of large rocks, a lookout tower, and finally the Pennsylvania monument, none of which were solitary monuments. There are seriously thousands of monuments there.

Several monuments, There were too many to count, many were made my specific military units, or in honor of specific people. There were literally over a thousand.
The town of Gettysburg itself is just a small hamlet, but does have a college. I found a school bus parked by a barn and had to take a picture of it, but a police car gave me this funny look. There was also a tornado warning that day, while I was at the eternal flame monument above the town. At first I thought that was the biggest monument, but there were still more that got bigger and bigger! I also saw fireflies for the first time in years. But when it came to stopping to take photos of all these monuments, by the time I finally found the giant Gettysburg Museum, it had already closed and I just didn't have a second day budgeted for Gettysburg. But I did manage to drive all up and down the battlefield. The incredible thing in history is that the Gettysburg battle happened just because the North and South ran into each other by accident. But just how were they able to fight with all those monuments in the way?

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