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Petersburg, Virginia
State Capitols · Northeast Tour
Day 2 - Thursday, September 21, 2006
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Ruther Glen, Virginia

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First, an update from last night. When I posted the day page to the web site we were in Sutherland, VA and I mentioned I didn't know where we'd camp for the night. Right up I-85 in Petersberg was an Exxon truck stop that had overnight spaces reserved for RVs and folks like us. So we stayed there.

When I checked email today there were 28 messages! WOW!! I can't remember ever receiving that many at one time. (Truth be told, I rarely receive that many emails in a week :) And most of them were about this trip and the web site. Lots of best wishes and prayers for a safe trip. Thank you!

Several folks wanted to know why I reference June when posting a state's welcome sign. Okay. Here's a little drivetrips.net history. When we started these trips over two years ago, I decided to post a pix of the welcome sign when we crossed a state line. June, a friend who lives in Aiken County, sent me an email good naturedly giving me a hard time for not being able to find anything more interesting to photograph than welcome signs :) So, since then, I always make sure she knows about the signs. Sort of an inside joke.

Short driving day today. We spent some time driving around downtown Richmond, VA, the state capital. Interesting town. We're currently camped in a Flying J truck stop in Ruther Glen, VA. We're a little less than half way from Richmond to Washington, DC.

Washington is on the docket for tomorrow, ending with making a political statement at Walter Reed Medical Center tomorrow night as we have done before. WRMC is one of The Navigator's fav places.

As we were trucking down (up?) I-95, following, of course, the route as mapped by The Navigator, I noticed a huge American flag waving in the breeze. The flag was at an exit, so I got off to take a picture of the flag (see below). After the flag pix had been taken, I noticed a very small church. I mean VERY small. 15 feet wide and 25 feet long. See the pix below. There are many "tiny churches" around the US. In fact, there's one in Conway, SC. I visited the Conway church in September with a friend. Roadside America, the web site at that link, has documented many of these tiny churches. But the one we found today is not on that web site. They invite submissions, so I'll write some info about this church and submit that with some pix.

Here's an "Awww, poor baby" story for you. The IBM Thinkpad that serves as the on road computer has two USB ports and a 40 GB disk drive. I've run out of USB ports. I need to hook up the 5GB hockey puck drive that has email and the web site files, the DeLorme GPS, and the digital camera. Three devices, two ports. So I've had to swap. Awww, poor baby :)

On the way out of Aiken County I bought a four port powered USB hub and, just for grins, a 60GB USB powered disk drive. Since today was a short driving day (truth be known, we've gotten a little ahead of the trip), I took some time and got the hub and disk drive ho0ked up. It's nice to have new toys :)

I didn't have a specific used planned for the 60GB drive. But when I mentioned this to The Navigator, he said, "Well, it's about time! Now I'll have enough storage space to bring my doggie porn movies. Give me something to do at 3am when you're (meaning me :) sawing logs." So I guess the drive will have a use after all. He's already talking about using the High Speed WiFI Internet access here at the Flying J to download some of his fav movies after I finish posting to the web site. You'd never know by looking at him that he's a pervert :)

Final thought that has nothing to do with the trip. Today the battery in my watch died and I had to stop at Wal*mart (where else?) and get it replaced.

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Please believe this is the capitol of Virginia. It is very much under reconstruction. Even the dome was removed. It will be put back later. This statue is behind the capitol. That's George Washington on the horse. Thomas Jefferson stands at the end of Washington's name and George Mason stands by the W. George who? Don't feel bad, I asked the same question. Here ya go. I don't know who the other guys are. Due to all the construction, I couldn't get around to the other side of the statue. The beautiful flag mentioned above. It's much larger than it looks. I'd guess 15 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Stunning!

For all the fauxtography freaks, the pic was taken with a polarizing filter. Really makes the clouds pop out.

This tiny church was very interesting. Cute!
On the cross above the door is written, "All Faiths Chapel." Here's the interior. There are four pews. Each can hold two people comfortably. The exterior is vinyl siding. But the steeple appears to be made of wood.
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Time:
Begin: 10:0am
End: 4:00pm
Net (includes stops): 6 hrs, 0 mins
Mileage:
Begin odometer: 165,026
End odometer: 165,117
Net miles today: 91
Average MPH: 15.2
Total trip miles: 456

Expenses:
Gasoline: $37.00
     Price: $2.159/gal
     Bought in: Petersburg, VA
Food, ice, etc.: $11.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $3.00 - Watch battery.
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From BeHoldAPaleHorse:

Once upon a time, we taught readin', writin', and 'rithmetic. Now we teach recycling, relativism, and Ritalin.

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From Elizabeth in SC:

Three more marriage zingers:
Zing: When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.

Zing: A woman is incomplete until she is married. Then she is finished.

Zing: A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"
His father replied, "I don't know, son, I'm still paying."

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