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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mad dash to the Citadelle

The Citadelle is the largest fortress in the western hemesphere. It was built by Henry Christophe the king of the northern kingdom of Haiti after its independnce won by slave revolt.
 
Some of you may remember the post from two years ago when we toured the northern part of Haiti on bikes. Then the Citadelle was a two day trip. Well this time it was a one day dash, stopping only to drink and get gas we drove straight there and back. It was 12.5 hours of actual driving time in 19 waking hours spending 3.5 hours at the Citadelle itself.

Zopope wanted to go before school started and Hans was here helping with Eralus's school so with Austin we made a group of four with three bikes.
The Citadelle's aqua duct system


It was outfitted with 365 canons through it never saw battle.

It overlooks the north Atlantic shore and on a clear day you can just see the shore of Cuba some 90 miles away.
 Filled up with gas in Milot and took off for home. About dark we drove into a thunder storm and were battling mud and rain till we got to Hinche at 8:00pm. From there home was good asphalt.
After 430 kilometers we arrived home at 11:30pm.   

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