Gettysburg trip

Jerry White toured various sites in Vietnam of historic importance to the 6/31st.
Feel free to post additional new posts about Vietnam then and now or comment on anything posted. Check out the same photos in the album with comments by Jerry under each image. http://www.6thofthe31st.com/gallery/mai ... emId=19416
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Gettysburg trip

Postby Niner Alpha » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:13 am

Now for the really "hell on the butt" part of the trip.

The "path" that ran west, along the north bank of the Kinh Gay (Kinh Tra Cu Thuong), from Tra Cu to the Kinh Bo Bo was 7 miles of a narrow dirt path that was bumpy as heck. Many small bridges over canals...some so much in question that my son had me walk across while he drove across on the scooter. Most people that my son asked knew nothing about the Bo Bo Canal. We finally asked a man about our age, and he told us exactly where it was...and how much further. He asked why we were going there and my son told him to find where the old army base was. He smiled and told us that he knew exactly where it had been (verifying the location that we have) and that when the US left the ARVN took it over....then he made a "shooting" motion. When we got back on the "scooter" I asked my son if the man had been ARVN....my son smiled and said...no...he had been VC. Just another example of a friendly/helpful former enemy that I have encountered frequently. BTW: We almost ran out of gas..luckily we came across one of those small businesses that the Vietnamese set up everywhere...and they had one of those hand powered gasoline pumps...at a premium price...so we bought just enough to, hopefully, get us back to civilization.

After 7 miles we finally reached the Bo Bo canal and at it's intersection with the Kinh Gay (Kinh Tra Cu Thuong) we crossed over the Kinh Gay, on a small, pole-pushed ferry to the east side of the Bo Bo Canal. Gettysburg was on the west side; however, there was no path on that side....and....no way to get there if there were. There were no bridges at this point, and the ferry apparently didn't cross over to that side. We reached the location of Gettysburg....now a large open field...took a few shots from across the canal, and headed down the dirt path, on the top of a large dike, 6 miles to a highway.

Along the way, I took quite a few pictures. Much of this area has now been converted to orchards, rice fields, watermelon fields, vegetables fields, etc. There are also quite a few "forests" of tall skinny trees...extremely dense...they would be impossible to walk thru. The people "clear cut" these small trees and they are used to help frame buildings in Vietnam. You will see a few examples of the "tall skinny trees" in my pictures. (Note: Vietnam buildings...small and large...are to a great extent built using "stacked bricks" cemented together, reinforced with "some" rebarb (spelling?) and small tree trucks, then covered with a cement like plaster. They actually look very nice; however, Vietnam is very lucky not to be in an area frequented by earthquakes, because one strong earthquake would probably bring down most of the buildings.) Most of the rice fields, many quite huge, appear to be on the west side of the Bo Bo. The east side is less developed; however, no where did I see the elephant grass that we had to deal with. I am sure that it is probably still around somewhere, but I did not see any.

Now for the pictures


Gettysburg Album is here: http://www.6thofthe31st.com/gallery/mai ... emId=20242
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Re: Gettysburg trip

Postby Niner Alpha » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:27 am

More Gettysburg....BTW: For those who might be thinking about someday visiting Gettysburg....It is without a doubt difficult to get there.....I would suggest renting a boat in Tan An or Ben Luc and using the waterways to get there...it would be much less bumpy and dirty. Maybe you could rent a boat and driver, fill up an ice chest with beer, lean back and enjoy the day. These days some of the small boats appear to have been souped up and they can really haul butt. I couldn't believe how some of them fly along the rivers.

Robert....you might want to screen out a few of these Gettysburg pictures for the Message Board, and show them all only in the album.

Now..more pictures....plus at least one more email to follow with more Gettysburg pictures.
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Re: Gettysburg trip

Postby Niner Alpha » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:03 pm

Last of the Gettysburg trip.
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