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Oct 6, 2013 - Washington DC Sunday

Had a lovely breakfast in the hotel & then walked 3 mins to the Subway. Bought day tickets and caught a train to National Geographic Museum. Fabulous photos - their 125th celebration with dramatic pictures and interactive exhibits - very cool. Loved the interactive one about the tree that is 3000 years old! Headed back on the Subway to the Marion Koshland Science Museum. Had a lot of interactive stuff for kids and adults - lots of DvD and special effects and cool quizzes. Michael kept doing a driving simulator - hard to get him off he was...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Washington DC

Started the day with a nice breakfast. Michael loved the bagels and Julie liked the fresh melons and yoghurt. Off to catch the Subway but we needed help to work out how to buy tickets! Subway was clean and tidy and we arrived fast! Tour booked today: Historic Trolley Bus. First trip from Downtown on green route north thru Golden Triangle, Dupont Circle right up past National Zoo to National Cathedral. Driver excellent commentary . Past all the dozens of embassies with their country's flags flying - so many! On to Georgetown which has great...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Washington & Ice Hockey

Today was another great day in Washington for us. We got up and went back down town. Today we got a closer look at The White House. There seem to be a lot of events going on in there that require the police to close off the sidewalks. Yesterday we made it within 10 meters of seeing it and were turned around. Today we got there for about 5 minutes, took a few pics, and were forced to leave. The Police are very rude in the way that they deal with it all. After that we went for a walk around and went to the had a look at The Spy Museum, which...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Oct 2, 2013 - Washington DC - "the other Washington"

Hi all We got to Washington, DC on Sunday Sept 29 - set up our "home" for 14 days, listened to the Seahawks win in a nail biter game. Monday we made the drive -(about 15 minutes) to the Metro Station, found close parking, put money on our Smartrip Metro cards and took our first Metro ride (about 15 minutes to the Mall area). Because we were getting on at the beginning of the line there was no problem going the correct way. Got off and started our Smithsonian adventure. We started at the "Castle" (visitor center) and decided to go to the...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Washington

Today we went down town on the Metro. We got on a hop on hop off tour and had a look around town. We saw The White House, Capital Hill, lots of Smithsonian museum's, the Newseum, We stopped for lunch at Union Station and saw lots of others (including a good look at the Hilton as our Trolley broke down in the middle of the intersection infront of it!). After heading back out to the RV park we went for a drive to the market as we needed some things! I managed to make the RV look like a Greek wedding! I clipped the rear wheel on a gutter in...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Sep 7, 2013 - Great Falls to Georgetown

Day 2 – Bicycle from Great Falls to Georgetown Mile 0 Overview: • Park in the Carderock Recreational Area (free) • Bicycle 21.6 mile round trip east from Carderock, mile 10.8, to Georgetown, mile 0 • Bicycle 4.4 mile round trip west from Carderock, mile 10.8 to Billy Goat trail, mile 13 Highlights: • Carderock Recreational Area and lovely picnic facility • Fletcher’s Cove bike and boat rentals, good bathroom facilities • Capital Crescent Trail (smoother alternative to rough towpath) • Thompson’s Boat Center bike rentals and Mile 0...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Riley's Lock to Great Falls

Day 1: Drive from home to Rockville, MD Overview: • Drive 220 miles to Riley’s Lock Rd., Poolesville, MD, 20837 • Bicycle 17.6 mile round trip from Riley’s Lock, mile 22.8, to Great Falls, mile 14 Highlights: • Blue and white herons, eagles, song birds and turtles galore • Rock cliffs • Locks #20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 • Mather Gorge, Mary’s Wall and Great Falls Overlook, rapids, rocks and pools • Visitor Center • canal boat ride (optional) Trip details for Friday, September 6th Today's plan was to drive from home to the Riley's Lock (#24)...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Our equipment

Bicycles: TREK 1100 Aluminum Road Bike with Shimano 21-speed, a Woman's Terry Liberator seat and basket pedals TREK 2120 Carbon/Aluminum Road Bike with Shimano 16-speed, a Man's Terry seat and plain pedals (no baskets, no clips) Tires: - Continental Touring Plus 700mm x 28mm Helmets and riding gloves YES! No matter your model or style preference, WEAR THEM! Luggage: - hubby's bike had a small tool pouch under the seat and an ECO rack at the back - he carried his lunch and other frequently-needed items in a fanny day pack around his...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Trip Preparation

Our starting condition: - At the time we decided to ride this route we had not ridden for the previous 2 years. We had stopped riding because hubby was experiencing some hip issues when riding his TREK with a racing saddle. - A through-ride of the entire 335 miles with no interim options was a big commitment for us. - For a September ride, weather could factor into how enjoyable the trip would be, especially if we had to lug wet tent equipment on our bikes. - With only a little debate of the pros and cons, we decided that in lieu of...

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Sep 2, 2013 - Second Day in DC

Our second day was a little slower paced. We rode in and toured the Holocaust Museum. It was an interesting collection of artifacts from the period of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. We walked through the Hirshhorn Museum for Art. The photo attached is of clothes hangers...I know Sandra Kirk could do that for me!! The Air and Space Museum was a walk thru with tired feet. We were headed home.

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Sep 1, 2013 - DC by Metro

We were able to catch the metro right in College Park. We could have taken a bus to the metro from our RV, we decided to drive the 3 miles. Our stops were first to the National History Museum where we saw the Hope Diamond and the Crystal Ball. I thought the photo of PEP upside down was a good example modern art!! We visited the outside of the White House and off across the Potomac River to the Pentagon. We were able to visit the Pentagon Memorial. It was very moving to walk among the benches and read the names of all the heros. We were...

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Aug 30, 2013 - Washington DC

Depart: New York City Arrive: Washington, DC Today was a driving day, with me taking Advil to get through the drive, but it seems to have helped my back and that is the main thing even though the very bumpy interstate tried it's best to not help. The campground we are staying at offers a little seminar at 4:00 about tours in Washington and how to get around Washington. We decided very quicky to do the night tour and by 6:00 we were getting on the bus to Washington. Are we ever glad we did, Washington by evening is beautiful. All the...

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