May 28 – Home

When heading home from Florida, our last day is always one of the most exhausting, facing the beltways around Washington DC, Baltimore and WIlmingtion and finally right through Philadlephia.  As morre rain was predicted again today, we were on the road just before 7:00 AM … and the forecast provde accurate!

We also were prepared for an increasing amount of traffic, including more 18-wheelers.

However, the traffic was relatively light until we reached our first slowdown just south of Lorton, VA

and reduced sppeds contonied until we reached the Woodrow WIlson Bridge over the Potomac River, immediately south of the District.  As we crossed the river into Maryland, Debbie spotted one of our country's most iconic sights sitting at the end of an Andrews Joint Base runway.

Throughout Maryland, were overhead signs reminding drivers of COIVD-19 messaging

The rains returned again.

Francis Scott Key Bridge

Even the Rest Areas, while open, were under restricitons

A candidate for the 2020 Darwin Awards, some FOOL scaled the sign posts and ventured out over I-95 to demonstrate his/her lack of artistic skills on the back of this sign.

Almost home!

Girard Point Bridge over the Schuylkill RIver

Philadelphia skyline shrouded in rain and fog

Twenty minutes later we arrived back home.  Amazingly, this was the fastest trip we've ever made from Ashland, VA to Shady Brook … just 5 hours and 13 minutes!

Unloanding the coach took a bit longer than usual as our neighbors came out to greet us … maintaining social distancing …  and we were thoroughly exhausted when we got the job done. 

The next day I spent the morning, trying to find the source of a minor drip we've had just behind the windshield during heavy rians, especially when on the road.  Unforutnately, never sure I pinpointed the leak's source but did overseal a number of suspected areas over and near the top of the windwhield.  

Then when trying to hand wash the lower part of the vehilcle I found a slide rail panel was loose.  Seems a couple of not-easily-accessible screws had backed out.  An hour later, I had it again secured.

Not sure when we'll hit the road again … I am always more anxious than Debbie.



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5 Responses to May 28 – Home

  1. Dear Dick and Debbie:

    I sent the email below back on May 20th. However, I realized that I did not put my email in this message itself. It is [email protected].

    I am a Lecturer of History at Georgia Gwinnett College, President of Tyndale International University (a Korean-language in Los Angeles), and pastor of an inner-city ministry, Atlanta Reformed Presbyterian Church. In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the voyage of Mayflower, I am putting together an exhibit on the Pilgrims that I hope to be able to place on the GGC campus, as well as make the contents available for homeschoolers, other students, churches, etc., to set up displays at public libraries and similar venues. I am also writing an academic article on the Pilgrims. I was wondering if I could use your photo of the Gov. Bradford statue, taken in 2015.

    Let me thank you in advance for your kind and swift attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.


    Frank J. Smith, Ph.D., D.D

    • Dick says:

      So sorry for the lengthy delay in responding; as yours and many others just appeared.

      Feel free to use any of my photos. If not too late and you need a JPEG, just let me know.


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