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... and its bum (although neither are terribly close), before having a look through the local botanical gardens. The gardens were really pretty, however they were home to gigantor bees and other funky looking insects that I'd rather not get on the wrong side of.
We then walked down the streets to head back to our meeting point, where we stopped for ice cream (I had an awesome tasting ninja turtle ice cream). Fun fact about D.C. - it's ...
... there is always a set of eyes on you. Around the wall at the side of memorial, there are etchings of soldiers and animals from that war.
We then climbed the numerous steps to reach the Lincoln Memorial. There facing us is a massive sculpture of Lincoln sitting on a chair looking out over the reflective ponds towards the Capitol. This was also the spot where Martin Luther King made his famous 'I have a dream' ...
... of the sun and see the outsides of all the famous buildings, tomorrow is forecast rain so that will be a day inside the museums. We headed to the Capitol Building as a start point and wow, what an impressive structure. It's hard to take your eyes off it. From here it was down the National Mall, the long open grass area linking all the museums and memorials together. The memorials were incredible and all so different. The World War II one is very grand and takes up ...
... of Art, where we saw paintings by Monet, Raeburn, Renoir, and a few more whose names we recognised but can't remember.
From the Gallery we went to the Chinatown district to find somewhere to eat. Found the District Chophouse and Brewery for dinner. Lisa wanted some Colossal Onion Rings to try, until she saw the size of them. Also had Crab Cakes, Colorado Trout with crab meat, and Chicken Piccata. All the meals were lovely and our waiter ...
... will arrive in San Francisco around 1220L. From the airport I'll be heading to EagleRider in SF to pickup a 2013 Harley Davidson ElectraGlide. I hope to be on the road to the hotel which is almost 300 miles south east in Three Rivers, CA by around 230pm.
I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this trip due to the almost 500 mile per day route I've put together. I believe it will be worth in the ...