A time of reflection: Day Fourteen Wednesday July 10, 2013.
Coincidentally I was to depart Gettysburg on the same day in 2013 as I had arrived back in 1991 22 years earlier. That in itself felt like back to the future! I was consciously aware of that when I planned the trip and smiled with the thought of loops of time. Standing in the exact same place 22 years later. Once I had placed an object behind a seat in Disney World Florida the next year I came back and sat on the seat in the exact same space and the object - was still there!!! Time loops; great fun!
I would get to drive a "2D spaceship" commonly called an automobile in today's parlance.
Rick was kind enough to take me to the Enterprise car rental lot the other-side of town.
I was so pleased it was a new VW Beetle. Solid German engineering similar to my Golf back home. I felt instantly at home.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/0ec8e8419b6b0c05d257d372abf39094.jpg
Readers can discover more of the "Visiting my grave" story at:https://www.ravenecho.com/articles/25/237/
In this article I will concentrate on the events that did not take centre stage in the other article to avoid duplication.
Having picked up the car at 11:30am Cathe and I set off North West to Carlisle, PA a short distance of 28 miles from Gettysburg at 12:30pm.
We arrived at the Old Graveyard at around 1:30pm with an hour maximum to solve the puzzle of where my grave was.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/861b4d8bc09f4ce833f2cc1e637e5a09.jpg
The area was easy to find as it contained the magnificent monument to the Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher a noble lady whom served a cannon at the battle of Monmouth much like my own Margaret Corbin at Fort Washington, NYC.
Her biography can be found at:http://www.biography.com/people/molly-pitcher-9390922
I love strong women and this theme runs through many of my past lives. It is a magnificent memorial.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/8e48522df0b0ade93a7a900eb139e968.jpghttp://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/f342d051c688cf2ff52ae43805406706.jpg
Even more gratifying for me was a splendid reproduction Revolutionary War field gun. I have a long past life association with cannons!http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/3a95cc9693802b9a8345f35b6f3cbc02.jpghttp://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/9c0c1d8c73f40b4a108c190b5f476020.jpg
On the way out of the Old Graveyard after my revelation I was thrilled to receive a pat on the back by the universe with a Kell connection. This in an instant linked my two American past lives with a solid tangible link.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/93cf2ef68fbf3919a01bf5ed04910783.jpghttp://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/b9ceafba676151129a9f25779cba095f.jpg
We floated back to Gettysburg flushed with success and celebrated with a final take away meal with the whole family.
Conscious of time constraints and the pressing need to catch my 9pm flight at Baltimore I head back down the country roads towards the metropolis. The final navigation was by following an airport taxi in the rush hour traffic who knew a short cut. At one point I did question if he was going in the right direction but miraculously my hunch paid off and I arrived just before 7pm.
It was then time to say farewell to my new little friend that was an echo of my first car "Heepie" back in 1976.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/937fd255a0126d5f218bfa5d62de623a.jpg
After checking in I grabbed a bite to eat in the airport cafÃ© next to the Gate.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/dc99da1cfb2855e21cff32c118535ba3.jpg
It gave me time for final reflection on my journey.
Again by coincidence it was the exact same gate that I had left from in 1991 at the end of my American Civil War pilgrimage. Apart from a lick of paint it was the same.http://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/b33fd42a9d92dddf69b7b359cccf1513.jpghttp://www.ravenecho.com/static/281/12fd1e3eb4580426db7831b6039a8273.jpg
On that occasion from Gettysburg to Appomattox Court House I had had relived to the week synchronous with my physical age then and in this life my surrender to Union forces.