Our Nation's Capital
Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
68Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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Next morning we got up early. We purchased our transportation passes at the store here then jumped on the public transit into the city. Our 1st impression of DC was cool. We’ve all seen this place so many times on tv and movies that it’s a little bit surreal to see in person. I won’t bore you by talking about the sights. I’m sure you all have seen them many of times in the media. We snapped a few pics of the basics though. It looks like my comments can only be read if you veiw the pics seperately
It was hot out at 95 F and humid with a heat index of 104! We stupidly paid for an inner-city shuttle service and only used it twice because we ended up walking to most of the sights. A lot of the monuments are pretty close together so we should have saved our money and spent it on public transpo (like the many rickshaws and/or cabs we passed along the way). I think the Mall (not a shopping mall) is about 2 miles, or so, long. It runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capital building. The majority of the sights are in between here. We visited most of them, along with a few museums (the The National Gallery of Art was amazing containing some several hundred year old classics). Our shuttle took us near the White House but we decided not to walk over to it just to peer through the fence.
Back at camp I checked my email and found out that a cousin of mine, Alan, who I haven’t seen in a few years, works right in DC! Damn! He invited us to meet for dinner that evening but it was already too late and we were leaving Washington in the morn. As I said in past posts…. Never enough time. I would have loved to stay another day and check out this skatepark here as well. The pictures looked really nice online.
My part arrived for my exhaust brake! I installed it before leaving and I’m happy to say it is working perfect. So nice to have the brake back!