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Didn't find it Kordite couldn't find Eric and Mary's Adventure II

Sunday, November 9, 2003Pennsylvania

My brother invited me to help chaparone his Boy Scout troop on a 50-mile bike ride along the Delaware Canal. We started at Tinicum County Park and were planning on riding down to Washington's Crossing to come back on the New Jersy side to complete the loop. I pulled over here at the Monument to see if I could find this one quickly. If I had spent more time I'm sure I could have but my troop was getting out ahead of me and I didn't want them to get to the bridge and set out across the Delaware unsupervised. I abandoned my search after only a minute or two on site.

I've ridden the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland (180 miles from Cumberland to D.C.) several times and this towpath is in much better condition. I'm sure the continuous flow of water through the canal helps to limit the mosquito population, unlike the stagnant C&O which is a 180 mile mosquito nursery. I would like the opportunity to return and ride more of the rail when I don't have to be sheparding a bunch of scouts.

Now, what follows is some thoughts I had while riding north on the New Jersy side. I had originally posted them as a note at Bulls Island Cache #1 (GC67B3) but for some reason merlin2177 chose to delete my log. I think it will do better here because it actually has something to do with Washingtons Crossing, anyway.

The Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Canal is a very 'suburban' trail. There are many houses adjoining the canal and some are almost right on the water. And, as I rode, I saw that most homes had a canoe in the back yard. Two out of three homes, maybe more. I thought, of course! That's why they bought homes along the canal.

Yet the situation on the Delaware & Raritan Canal on the New Jersy side is different. Certainly there are fewer homes along the canal but those I did see did not have any watercraft. I did not see one canoe. The State stocks the canal with trout, the water level is even higher than on the Pennsylvania side. Why don't the New Jersians boat on their canal? Is there really a difference between Pennsylvanians and New Jersians?

When I got up to the bridge at Frenchtown I saw that there was a guard booth on the New Jersy side of the bridge. I remembered back at Washington's Crossing there was also a booth there. What does New Jersy need with bridge guards? Are they expecting an invasion from Pennsylvania?

And suddenly it struck me. Yes. They are expecting an invasion. During the Revolution, George Washington led his army across the Delaware River in boats to attack Trenton. Today, New Jersians look across the river and see all those homes with canoes in their back yards and fear the Pennsylvanians from the vast, barbaric wilderness of the Appalachians paddling across in all their ravening multitudes.

OK, so maybe not.

The weekend logs conclude at{DB420B3C-1A10-4B31-B621-E894C81EA439}

[This entry was edited by Kordite on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 4:23:34 AM.]

infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
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