These are some maps
I found on the internet and modified to point out where I had gone. Most
of the roads were a little off the beaten path, even for the Army. We
didn't have escorts but at the time things seemed to be a bit safer than
they are now. Plus the roads we were taking were patroled from time to
time so there was an American presence to keep the locals from thinking
we were easy targets.
If you are in Iraq and are near any of the places
in I've been please email me with
your story, I'd love to hear it.
and Kuwait (244 KB jpg)
This is an overview of the areas we went through,
not much detail but it gives you a general idea. The route into
and out of Iraq are detailed but alot of the trip invasion was on
unmarked dirt roads so I just put a dotted line where I think we
of Baghdad (.5 MB jpg)
Where we spent the most time exploring the area,
also the location of many recent uprising hotspots. I marked the
roads we traveled on maybe somebody with internet access in the
area will be able to tell their stroy of what happened (I'd be glad
to share it here).
Airbase (60 KB jpg)
Our home for the beginning of the war, and our home
right before we left Iraq. We spent more time staying here waiting
for an email that we did doing work. It's probably the biggest base
we stayed at in Iraq so I thought it deserved special attention.
After finding maps of the area I was in and pouring
over them for a few hours till I recognised where I had been I was
really suprised to find that I was within 30 miles of all the hot
spots that are in the news this year. In fact Salam's market was
near Karbala and the people around there seemed to be pretty friendly.
We never went into any of these big cities we just passed through
the outlying towns and now that I see what's hppening in Iraq I'm
glad we didn't get too close.