Trip Start Apr 29, 2008
Trip End May 24, 2008

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Well after finally catching up on the sleep i missed over the last day i got to prepare for the drive down to Alexandria. But before i left i needed to visit the toilet to do my first No2 in America. This is where my first problem started. The hole at the bottom of the toilet was not of the size we are use to back home and being a person that does not do little poo's i realised we were going to be having some problems. The phrase square peg round hole sprang to mind. No amount of flushing could get rid of my little friend and by this time the water started to back up. WHAT SHALL I DO !!! what any man would do.I picked my bags up and left my special present floating near the top of the toilet for the cleaner but i did put the lid down so he could not escape.

So we were on our way to Alexandria which was bout a 5 hr drive down the coast. I had sorted out a CD of some music to drive to but i hit a snag. I could not load it.No amount of pushing would let the CD in. What the hell was i going to do with out my Take That CD to listen to. So i started to fiddle with the radio.Found all the usual crappy stations, gospel, country, Jesus loves u music. Then i pressed a button that said SAT.. The car had the Americans version of satellite radio.Over 300 channels of music and i finally found the one i was after. 80's GOLD..Non-stop music from the 80's including Wham, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure etc. It was like karaoke in the car..Then i found cruise control.So now i could sing my way to Alexandria and not even have my feet on the pedals...

Now i have found out already about certain things when driving in America. Indicators are optional. When used it is generally halfway through a maneuverer and only for a couple of seconds. The horn is there to express your opinion of a fellow driver when hand gestures cannot be seen and your voice cannot be heard over the traffic and on the motorways there are no such thing as the slow, middle and fast lane. It is basically a free for all. If you want to overtake you just weave in and out of traffic using the above mentioned horn if having problems in getting past a car.

Luckily i did not have to drive through any major cities on my journey so i skirted the outside of Philadelphia. When you see the skyline of the major cities its just like the films. Lots of big bridges and massive buildings that make up the skyline.Its very difficult to get pictures of this when driving. But i manged to get some. By now i was flying down the motorway and making good time.

Before i knew it i was on the outer limits of Washington DC. I kept seeing signs for the Pentagon so i got my camera ready to take a picture. The next sign said take the next exit for the pentagon. All i saw was a big building on my right. I thought it must bee soon. How hard is it to miss the pentagon.Its shaped like a bloody pentagon.Well its shaped like a pentagon from the AIR!!! When driving past it , it just looks like any other building. I only realised this when i passed it. BUGGER!!! My first chance to catch a picture of a famous building and i missed it.

I arrived at Alexandria about 3pm so i had the chance to book in and maybe drive into Washington to get some tourist pictures. The room was not exactly top notch, infact it had not even been cleaned. I asked the cleaner next door if she could clean the room. Her answer was priceless " No comprenda english" I now knew i was in America. So i phoned room service who said the cleaner would clean the room. So when she came in my room to clean it she said " sorry i clean your room now " what happened to her not speaking english.

My eating habits are of not a high standard. Over here they don't have, or i have not found , big fat greasy fry ups. So i just go to Dunkin-Donughts and have coffee filled donughts for breakfast.Yummy. Then i have a fat boys McDonald's for lunch. These places seem to be compulsory in any town that has a population over 5 people. Then for tea i go upmarket and have a subway. I know i should find somewhere else to eat but they don't seem to have many restaurants over here. Its like the main diet seems to be based on fast food. No wonder 60% of the population is fat. But u cant beat 6 donughts for breakfast.

I didn't go into Washington cause i hit the rush hour traffic. This made the M25 look like a racing circuit. It was bumper to bumper. which brings me onto a bumper sticker i saw that said " Jesus drives us " might drive u mate but my cruise control drives me and by the state of the car that had the sticker on it Jesus was a shit driver. It had dents and scratches everywhere. So i got off the motorway and went back to the hotel to watch 4 episodes of " Everyone Loves Raymond" and get myself ready for my drive to North Carolina , which is about 350 miles away. Hopefully my morning poo will flush away.
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