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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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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 - 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 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 - 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 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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Aug 27, 2013 - A Visit to our Nation's Capital

Hi all: Thanks to those who have written. It's so good to hear you are back with us for another trip. Where are the rest of the 172 on our Journal List??? Yesterday (Monday) we headed into Georgetown where we parked our cars then biked into Washington DC for the afternoon. While Mary and her sister Anne visited a couple of museums, I did the bicycle tour of the Monuments and Memorials. The Mall was a mess as over this past weekend the city celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. There were miles of...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Washington DC, saw lots, sore feet day

We started off the day at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. This is an amazing museum, everything there from Dorothy's Ruby Red shoes to Archie Bunkers chair, many classic vehicles, train engines, all the first Ladies inaugural gowns, and everything you would want to know about the Presidents. I thought one of the most interesting parts was the section on the Star Spangled Banner. They have the original flag, (30 ft x 40ft) that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814. After Fort McHenry was attacked by the British, this flag was raised...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Washington, DC

We arrived early afternoon yesterday to DC and quickly made the decision to park our car and take taxi's / hired cars. The traffic here is insane. I'm fairly confident Kerry would have been arrested due to road rage if he had decided he could handle the traffic. Right outside of our hotel were about 10 food trucks so we quickly checked in and then headed to the food trucks before we hired a car to take us to the LIbrary of Congress for our tour. Of all the tours I had booked prior to us leaving, the LOC was the one I was indifferent to....

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Jul 24, 2013 - Washington DC ..part II / Reading PA

Our first visit to DC, we saw the World War II memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Museum of Natural History, the Washington and Lincoln Memorials. The second day we saw how they make money at the Bureau of Engraving and we saw the Air and Space Museum and the Holucost Museum. We were so exhausted by the end of the day from the heat and humidity. But we made the most of it. I think we could have spent another week there and still had not seen everything. One evening we met up with our friends and neighbors, Andy and...

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