This morning and early afternoon John and Tyler rode 50 miles, along the Shuylkill River Trail, from Philadelphia past Valley Forge. This ride takes John beyond his goal of 3,500 miles of cycling and walking across the country! His total walking and cycling miles are 3,542.
The mileage goal was reached close to where the Declaration of Independence was written and where it was signed and adopted by the Second Continental Congress. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
The mileage goal was reached close to where the founders of our republic decided that the Articles of Confederation could not be revised. Instead they drafted a new document that would create an entirely new kind of government: “All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected–directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.” Please use this link to learn much more: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html
We all have many reasons to celebrate our citizenship!