Long drive inland to Richmond

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
Trip End Aug 12, 2012

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Myrtle Beach was warm and sunny as we woke up in anticipation of a 350 mile+ drive ahead for today. The motel had no one in the locked reception so had to leave keys in our room which felt a bit weird but we needed to hit the road for what our sat nav said would be a 5 and a half hour drive. It was my turn to take the wheel and traffic was slow getting out due to the Friday traffic but once on the open road (the I-95) we had no problems, only worry was how to keep focused doing 300 miles on the same stretch of road especially when your two passengers decide on a sleep. Queue heavy bass and dance music, although there is only so much to take and after 2 hours flew by I was starting to get hungry.

Dave had seen an advert for a Baconater at a Wendy's and after several service stations passed without one I was really getting hungry and loosing focus, it didn't help when we passed Exit 97 and there was a Wendy's we could see (that wasn't advertised) and too late to turn off. 15 more minutes passed and we eventually found the holy grail - the beautiful Red and White sign ahead at Exit 106. The Baconator was worth the wait as its Burger, Bacon, Cheese, Burger, Bacon, Cheese layers were quickly demolished. 

2 and half more hours up the I-95, after passing through North Carolina into Virginia, we soon arrived in Richmond where we got Jerry to take us to the nearest Holiday Inn. Checking in was a breeze and we quickly got ready had a few cans and headed to see what Richmond had to offer. The first place we came to was a really good Irish restaurant Sin E pronounced (Shin-ay), me and Dave had a lovely Steak and Mushroom puff pastry pie and Rich the Philly cheese sandwich. Finally we got to watch a bit of Olympics coverage as we had a few drinks after our meal, it was a shame it was all replays of the days activities, however no-one seemed to tell the dumb Americans as they all watch in anticipation as Missy Franklin beat Rebecca Addlington in the 800m freestyle, whooping with delight and high fiving people. We really should have told them the result before. We had a few more drinks as we chilled out in the cool outside patio while the live band finished off and we began to discuss future plans for back in England as well as what we will be doing in the 2nd half of our road trip. Richmond didn't seem to offer much in terms of variety but you can never go wrong with a good Irish pub. Looking forward to a much more actioned pack day tomorrow.
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