To commemorate the 240th anniversary of the historic march
of the French Expeditionary Force from Newport RI to Yorktown VA
-- joining with the U.S. Continental Army in New York --
Sal Lilienthal has embarked on a bicycle and kayak tour, generally following the 1781 march of the allied armies.
Jeff Canning is driving the supplies van.
Both are members of the W3R®-US Board of Directors.
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Aug 28: VA -- Hanover, Yorktown, drive north
Aug 29: NJ -- New Jersey, drive north
Aug 30: CT, NY -- recuperate
Aug 31: MA -- Boston
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[*] Well-illustrated schedule for all 17 days
August 28 -- from Hanover VA
This was a 74-mile bicycle pedal to the Yorktown Victory Monument.
August 29 -- from Princeton NJ
With the land part of their odyssey concluded, Sal and Jeff were able to enjoy a full sit-down breakfast with Ryan (Sal's brother) and Rachel Lilienthal. Jeff and Sal continued north at 11 AM, arriving at Jeff's home in New York shortly before 1:30 PM.
After unloading Jeff's stuff from the rental car they transferred Sal's belongings to Jeff 's car.
They returned the rental Chevy Spark (which had logged about 1,100 miles for the trip)
at the Westchester County Airport -- one of the few rental offices in the area
that was open on Sunday. At 5 PM Jeff dropped Sal off at his home in Connecticut,
then returned to his own home in New York around 7 PM, tired and not feeling well.
Sal returned home with less equipment than when he started, but many memories of this 240th anniversary tribute to the allied troops who had trudged the same roads in 1781.
Along the way Sal and Jeff had discussed a few preliminary thoughts about writing a book to chronicle the Tour.
In 1782 the French troops took four months to march from their winter encampment in Virginia to their last camp in the United States in Boston, Massachusetts. They had several three-day stops on the trip north to rest themselves and the oxen pulling the baggage wagons. The only water transport was across the Susquehanna River and the Hudson River.
August 30 -- recuperation
This was a well-deserved day of rest for Sal and Jeff. Jeff felt much better.
Aug 31 -- Boston Harbor
Sal put the final exclamation point on the Tour today. He drove from his home in Connecticut to Boston, rented a kayak, and paddled four miles via Fort Point Channel, then to Long Wharf, then past Castle Island to Dorchester Bay and historic Faneuil Hall, ending with the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common in the background.
He then returned home, mission accomplished !
The French troops used their legs to traverse 700 miles of rutted and dusty roads, supported by their ox-hauled baggage wagons, with occasional water transport. Sal used his legs to follow the same path, propelling his bicycle down smooth highways -- at considerably higher speed than the French. The French were supported by dozens of American baggage wagons; Sal was supported by Jeff and the van (or the car and the trailer, until it was stolen). Both the French and Sal and Jeff encountered hazards they had not anticipated, surmounted those challenges, and accomplished their missions.
It is most appropriate that Boston was the final stop on the Tour because in December of 1782 General Rochambeau and his troops -- their mission in the United States accomplished -- sailed from there to new assignments in the Caribbean islands, more fighting with British forces there as part of a global conflict.