Savannah to Washington D.C. - July 3, 2017
Day 2 starts out with a consecutive significant push towards our destination. While we covered over 700 miles the first day. Day 2 will encompass the 578 miles from Savannah to Washington DC. Today is the day that we pass through our home state of North Carolina. We were both born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It has and always will be home!
Fort Sumter to Myrtle Beach
Fort Sumter was built after the War of 1812 and saw the first shots fired that marked the beginning of the Civil War. As a nation, we were crippled by this terrible war between brothers.
The day ends in our Nation's Capitol. While this stop will allow us a day of road rest, it hopefully won't be unproductive. We wanted to be able to celebrate our ability and freedom to do this all while remembering those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure that freedom. We must always remember that freedom for our Nation has always come at a cost. To be thankful for that means that we recognize the sacrifices made and strive to make our country a better place for all. As a society, we often overlook what makes us unique and focus our attention on what makes us different. We choose this day to focus on what makes us Americans!
Fort Sumter is a five-sided brick structure, 170 to 190 feet long, with walls five feet thick, standing 50 feet over the low tide mark. It was designed to house 650 men and 135 guns in three tiers of gun emplacements, although it was never filled near its full capacity. Major Robert Anderson, who was in command and positioned at Fort Moultrie, had relocated his force of 85 soldiers on Dec. 26, 1860, six days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, to Fort Sumter out of fear for their safety. The move was highly criticized by Union military and political leaders. After President Lincoln was innaugurated, Maj. Anderson sent word that the fort only had six week food supply left. Attempts to resupply and reinforce the fort were unsuccessful and patience among the Confederates was wearing thin. On Apr. 11, 1861, Gen. Beauregard sent military aides to Maj. Anderson demanding he surrender the fort to which he refused. The next morning, Confederate forces opened fire. Fort Sumter fell to the Confederate Army just 34 hours into the Civil War. The Union would spend the next 4 years trying to retake the fort.
The trip to Myrtle Beach is 97 miles. We welcome those in that area who want to share in the experience to join us. We hope that anyone in the area that is available can come out and ride along with us as we welcome new faces. We will have a number of cameras up and running and expect to get extensive footage of the trip on Day 2.
Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, is the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches. It’s also known for its celebrity-designed golf courses. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and the SkyWheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.
We have reached out to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and requested meetings to discuss the topic of our campaign and to encourage a bipartisan effort to help our veterans get the necessary care they need for full and successful reintegration/transition after returning from war and into the the civilian sector. We encourage each of you to reach out to your respective representatives and voice your concerns in regards to the care and treatment of our Nations finest citizens.