Not everything goes smoothly.
Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
26Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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On Wednesday, on the way towards Atlantic City, we met another friend at the Pentagon Center near both the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetary. Stephen used to visit Maui every year and we saw him four years ago at the Library of Congress, where he worked for 36 years before retiring about three years ago. He still works there part-time, but he's also enjoying his retirement and gets to take trips up to NYC for Broadway shows and the Tony Awards, also a birthday bash down on the Outer Banks and they love to do cruises, the next one will be from Italy to Israel and Egypt to see the pyramids.
After a lovely lunch with lots of catching up chit-chat, we said our good-byes and then we ran into some trouble while trying to leave the parking lot. It appeared that we had to use the exit that was on an angle and had some of those concrete posts on either side of the lane. However, the exit was intended for cars, not anything our size, so we landed up slightly scaping on of them before it was apparent that we would have to un-hitch the Jeep from the RV so Terry could manuver his way out.
This created a terrible traffic jam, both for the exit lane and on the street that we were trying to get onto. After about 15 minutes and a lot of sweating in the very humid 100° weather, with the help of 3-4 other men, they finally managed to free the hitch, which was at a very difficult angle and didn't want to release.
Then, to add to our frustration, as we finally got out and went around the corner, we discovered another exit that would have been a straight exit without all that drama. At least, thankfully, the post only scaped a tiny bit of paint and there wasn't any body damage.
So, needless to say, we were glad to get out of the congested DC area. Traffic wasn't too bad, but first we missed a turn so we had to find our way on some city streets to get back onto the proper highway. Then, there were a couple of areas that were backed up around fender benders, or construction, and in that kind of heat, we didn't dare use the A/C, so it was HOT!
Another annoyance was the unexpetedly high toll fees for a couple of bridges in, and to get out of, Maryland. One was $5.00 for a car, or two axles, but it was $23.00 for the RV and car! Had we un-hitched, it would have only been $10.00. We finally made our way to the Chestnut Lake RV Park, a few miles north of Atlantic City.
Chestnut Lake RV park wasn't anything special but it had decent electric, so we could run our A/C, which was super important because the area was in the middle of a major heatwave. We were parked in front of the lake and there was a gaggle of Canada geese that would come and go all over the place.
Meanwhile, I was having troubles of my own with my AT&T wireless aircard that connects my laptop to the Internet. It stopped working in the middle of trying to send out an email while we were still in Front Royal. I took my laptop and aircard to an AT&T store for them to find out the problem. They decided that the aircard was at fault, so they would have to send another one to me by FedEx. Well, that didn't work either, so after two more tries and 10 days later, I finally got one that worked. Luckily for me, they gave me some credit on my bill to compensate for all the nonsense. Of course, catching up with all my emails was another story, plus, I got behind in writing my Travel Pods.