US Route 1, Part 2 - Day 04
Thursday, March 24, 2005


 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from Alexandria, VA to Raleigh, NC.

A better day than yesterday. Cloudy, but no rain. In fact, the sun came out a little bit this afternoon.

This evening we are camped in a Wally World parking lot. Sort of unusual as there few other camper here. Just an 18 wheeler and one fifth wheel so far.

What a contrast. Yesterday we spent the day driving though on city after another. Today we drove mostly through the countryside. Guess which I like better? :) I woke up the Navigator to get his opinion on this. His response: "You woke me up just to ask this stupid question? Navigation is navigation, terrain is secondary." Gee, he's kinda touchy when he first wakes up ;)

There's a pix below of an accident. And there's a story to accompany the pix.

The accident took place in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, VA. The street was one way with four lanes. I was in the second lane from the right. Traffic was backed up for several blocks. As we crept up the street, the guy beside me made it very clear he was in one Hell of a hurry. He blew his horn at the car in front of him several times for not pulling forward just as soon as he could. Not that we were going anywhere fast, you understand. The guy next to me was just being a jerk.

We finally reached the intersection where the wreck was. The LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) on the left in the pix had been doing an excellent job of manual traffic control. He had just given the street to our left permission to go. Including those who wanted to turn left past the pickup truck on the corner. Based on the way he had been rotating through the waiting cars, we would be next. I reckon the guy next to me figured that, too. As soon as we reached the intersection he began creeping forward. In fact, the LEO had noticed this and raised his hand up in a "Stop" gesture to the guy.

The LEO looked away for a moment. There were no cars coming from the left. The guy next to me shot across the intersection and down the street. The LEO turned around just as the guy went past him. He, the LEO, grabbed his whistle. But by now the guy was halfway down the next block. So the LEO took out his pad and pencil and wrote down the guy's plate number.

Wish I could be a fly on the wall when the guy gets his mail from the LEO :)

Three more campers have arrived as I have been typing this. Guess I'll go say Hello.


 Today's Pictures 
Click on a pix for a larger view

Yesterday I was bitching about lack of US 1 signs. Now THIS is more like it :) Downtown Richmond, VA. Not impressive. This pix is explained in the narrative above.
Red, white and blue. Gotta love it. The Navigator asked me to include this. When I asked him how I should title this pix, he said, "The Navigator, master of the maps, the compass and the GPS unit. Has never worked harder." Sometimes he gets a little carried away. Outrageous! It's six feet tall. It's purple. It's concrete. Bet it weighs a ton :)

 Today's Stats 

Mileage:
Beginning time: 9:30a
Ending time: 8:00p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 10:30
Begining odometer: 125008
Ending odometer: 125290
Net miles today: 282
Average MPH: 26.88
Total trip mileage: 1017

Expenses:
Gasoline: $0.00
Food, ice, etc.: $19.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00


 Thought For The Day 

Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Bonus thought I saw on a bumper sticker today:

DO NOT STEAL!!... The government hates competition.


 Joke Of The Day 

From Denise in IN:

Two bored casino dealers were waiting at the crap table. A very attractive blonde woman arrived and bet twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) on a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude."

With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!" As the dice came to a stop she jumped up and down and squealed... "YES! YES! I WON, I WON!"

She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed. The dealers stared at each other dumfounded.

Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching."

Moral:

Not all blondes are dumb.............. but all men are men!!


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