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May 9, 2014 - On to Washington DC

Had fun at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes Delaware. Things started with some personal necessities - showers and laundry. Took the bikes out while waiting for laundry, and to my great horror had to change the back tire on Cheryl's bike. Brompton's are great bikes, but not as straightforward as regular ones. More things to take apart before you get to the little 16 inch wheels. Glad I had YouTube and my bike as a reference to guide me. Maybe I'm handier than I thought! Walked the cats a little more successfully this time, fewer places in...

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May 6, 2014 - Washington D.C.- Part 2

Washington D.C…. it’s perceived differently by different people. Kids most likely think it’s boring, if they think of it at all. Many adults get angry when the words are even mentioned in a sentence these days. Most people, myself included, imagine the capitol, congress, a few well-known monuments, and maybe the popular “West Wing” TV series. I can tell you if you’ve got any heart at all, a couple of days in D.C. visiting the various memorials, museums, and government buildings will leave you with a sense of… measured awe, for lack of a...

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May 5, 2014 - Washington D.C.- Part One

With Virginia in the rear view mirror, we pointed the rhino in the direction of our nation’s capital; Washington D.C. On the way, we met up with the Angela and Gordon White, from Truck Camper Magazine at the Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally. It was nice to meet our “alter-egos” in person finally, after communicating via email since last year. We arrived and set up around 8:30pm, and by 9:00, the four of us were chatting non-stop in the camper. (We had so much to catch up on, nobody noticed or cared that we were all standing for about an...

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Apr 23, 2014 - the Capitol Limited

Unfortunately this train doesn't have WiFi, and I didn't have time in Union Station to post pictures or stories, but rest assured, when I get to Chicago I will find time to write it all down. It looks like I'm next to the lounge car, so I will be relaxing in there until dark. I have a nice family sharing my row, so we're going to have a sleepover. :) Next stop, Chicago!

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Oct 27, 2013 - Day 27. Snowshoe To Washington D.c.

Today’s route will take us through the Shenandoah Valley, which runs between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges. First though we visited the ski resort at the top of the mountain. A thin layer of snow lay everywhere in this “ghost town”. As we drove in, there was a small group of white tailed buck deer grazing quietly next to the road. We almost drove past thinking they were statues. They were obviously used to people as they didn’t seem to be phased by us being there. We imagined that this resort would be very busy during the...

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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 - 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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