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March Date 5, Moving from Camp 4 to Camp 5.....

Greetings to all friends of AMtY....

Morning comes early as usual, it just seems earlier than usual, must be the accumulating miles. David and Janet Haines are kind enough to fill us full of breakfast foods and beverages. We break camp just as the Shumbo family arrives, (remember them?). they are on time (7:15am) and ready to go. After a small negotiation we agree to have the children come with us, and indeed, they are ready and excited, they are Dana and Zack..... their Mom, KeLeigh, homes schools these two sharpshooters and they are at once engaging, and charming........ my heart warms to them and their excitement. Mom offers to do our laundry while we are on the road and promises to actually exchange the kids for the laundry (grins). We agree...... laughing. We were a bit skeptical at first, but they prove to be even more than they promised, and good soldiers as well. Off we go, on a beautiful day, bright, clear, sunny, no humidity on this day, it having been a close friend the last couple of days........

Shortly out, about a mile and a half I am interviewed by Wayne Norman, of WILI Radio, in Willimantic. The interview lasts some ten minutes and was quite the fun. We need to get fuel for the horse and wagons (gas/trucks) and we top off....while doing that we are flagged down by Dr. Richard, who not only wants to march along with us, but also makes a sizeable donation to AMtY, thanks doc. He joins us there, and actually spends the rest of the journey with us to Camp 5, in Bolton, some distance away..

......as we are traveling through the back roads of Tolland, New London and Hartford counties, we travel through a part of the towns of Windham, Willimantic, Lebanon, Columbia, Andover, Coventry and Bolton...... another break for a short spell allows a reporter for the Willimantic Chronicle to catch up with us and more pics and conversation follow....we move along and stop by Columbia Lake where we are visited by another group of WWII and Korean War Veterans....Marines and Sea-bees, our own group has a Marine and A Seabee on the March. the kids and the Doc are still with us and doing well, certainly much better than I expected.

.....we arrive at Andover, for lunch, about 2:30 or so, and are greeted by a wonderful site. Some 200 folks are waiting for us at the Congregational Church. with a hearty lunch. As soon as the marchers could be seen, they started ringing the Church Bell and that was really awesome,and very heartwarming... Local dignataries joined with us, Pam Sawyer (Ct. Minority House Whip), the 1st Selectman David Rhinelander and wife Anne. Also Serge Gabriel of the W3R, Mary Donoghue of the same, and Irv Stanley of the local W3R commitee, all on hand to greet us, as well as countless others. And our very own Bag-Piper, Mr. Cassella (I think, my apologies, I seem to have lost that note.) He was kind enough to go the last 4 miles with us, up to Bolton, finally,,,terrific to say the least. Some 50 of the folks assembled, joined with us for the walk, down route, to the marker unveiling ceremony, about another 1 1/2 miles from the Church . The ceremonies were brief but complete and we needed to get on with the walk as we had not yet reached Camp #5, another 3 miles or so down route. Dana and Zack were picked up by Mom, and the promised exchange of Laundry was accomplished......we get the duds, she gets the kids, they were really great and we were sad to see them leave, but, perhaps they can join with us again on another day.

......we leave Andover, stopping only briefly for quick liquid refreshment at the marker for the Camp in Andover that was part of the return trail of the French Army as it made its wasy back to Boston, in 1782..........

A short way to go now, but the steepest hill now awaits the troop, and Dr. Richard (did I tell you he is 77 yrs young?) still with us. Apparently he has hiked all over the world and he teaches us some really good tricks....in fact, he is first up Steel's Crossing hill, a remarkable achievement...we had eaten the late lunch in Andover, shared with the 200 townspeople, but the troops are still hungry......... Pam Sawyer, my local State Rep (geez, she will always get my vote after this), pulls up with a care package left over from the lunch, just as we reach Camp #5, she has Diane Grenier with her, another one of the most active Senior Citizens that I know....we survey the beautiful Connecticut countryside from the hill that is Camp #5, affording a view of many miles.......and finally, almost lazily, we get to the Bolton Town Hall, our headquarters for the evening. Hans Depold and wife Sue, have organized an impromptu BBQ, and that combined with the care package from Pam, gives us all a full stomach...we are joined by the 1st Selectman of Bolton and perhaps 14 of us set to the meal, on the green, no bugs, nice breeze, we are through moving for the day.......it is approx. 5:30, ten hours of walking, and they have covered some 18 miles, the longest day yet.

But the day is not ended yet, the Bolton Vol. Fire Dept. is good enough to keep the station open for us so that we may all have a shower, Sue Depold taked Nurse Rose home to shower there, and we reassemble, a bit later in the evening, to collect our thoughts and try to get ready for another day. The troops, are buzzed from the day, perhaps overtired and over stimulated, and we stay up later than expected..... of course, perhaps the last surprise of the day is the re-arrival of the Shumbo Family..(remember them?) KeLeigh and 4 children, includng Dana and Zack........"hey", she says, "you guys like Ice Cream? We brought the fixin's for Ice Cream Sundaies if you would like" If you would like I say to myself, get out of the way girl>>.... who are these angels, anyway.........we need to recruit more like them, for sure.. I set up a last ditch effort to up-link this report, but fail..... to tired, can't think, time to call it quits for a day.......

Richard
For, 'AMtY'
Camp #5 Bolton

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