0911 Leaving. Beginning mileage is 172,459. Temperature is a nice 75 degrees.
0920 Stopping at McD’s because I’m hungry and forgot to eat breakfast. And because I like McD’s breakfast!
0947 On Highway 29 south and have encountered our first traffic jam. Construction.
1006 Our first entry in the license plate game – West Virginia
1009 Maryland license plate
1011 Lots of notes… my secretary (Ryan) is feeling overworked! ;) First cows have been sighted – it’s officially a road trip now!
1012 North Carolina and Pennsylvania license plates
1015 First roadkill of the trip – a dead raccoon.
1017 MooThru drive-thru restaurant. Real ice cream from real dairy farmers. Follow the herd!
1018 New York license plate
1019 Rappahannock River
1033 See a sign for Montpelier – President Madison’s house. We’ll have to come here sometime. It’s really close to home!
1044 Washington DC license plate
1118 New Jersey license plate
1122 Firehouse Subs for lunch in Charlottesville. The car parked in front of us has an Alaska license plate!
1155 Lunch is done and we’re back on the road. Ryan tried the Level 10 crazy hot sauce.
12:00 p.m. Waffle House. We pass them all the time but have never been to one. It seems like Waffle House followers are part of a cult. What sort of initiation is required? I’m pretty sure the first visit has to be at midnight or later.
12:02 p.m. Illinois and Georgia license plates
12:07 p.m. Arizona license plate
12:14 p.m. Passed Michie Tavern. Another historic sight I didn’t know existed.
12:17 p.m. Monticello parking lot. Lots of good license plates here – Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, and Massachusetts
2:47 p.m. Leaving Monticello. Our significant items from this visit (can be a fact, a favorite part, or just anything that was memorable about the stop) are:
Ryan – the double-faced clock
Felisa – the various floor-plan pictures in the visitors’ center
Bella – the alcove beds
Sheila – that he sold his books to pay his debts and then bought more books, creating new debt
Before we leave the parking lot, we drive though, “fishing” for more license plates. We found Utah, Connecticut, California, Indiana, South Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, Alberta, Delaware, Mississippi, Michigan, Texas, Maine, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Arkansas.
3:01 p.m. Stopped at Michie Tavern to take a picture.
3:30 p.m. Goochland County
4:00 p.m. James River
4:17 p.m. Gas, $2.45. Current temperature is 90 degrees.
4:35 p.m. Allie’s house!
Richard made yummy baked ziti for dinner and Allie made a birthday cake for dessert. At bedtime a big thunderstorm with hail rolled through. I might not be allowed to come back – I seem to bring a lot of bad weather when I come!