Day 48 - Gino vs. Pat - (356 Miles)

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

After my last entry we headed to Atlantic City. I have been to Vegas a few time but never Atlantic City. We rolled in and parked at Bally's. One thing I noticed is that in Vegas there is "The Strip" which is lit up with a billion lights and it feels like a party is going on everywhere all the time. Atlantic city is large hotels separated by regular businesses and thing are not nearly as lit up. What you do have is a big boardwalk connecting everything. Even that was not "happening" like I would have expected. Granted, it was a Tuesday night and the high season is over. Even so, I expected more. Anyway, we went in and Jason charmed the girl at the desk and got us upgraded to a big suite. We drug our stuff up to it and parked out bikes and went to explore the casino. Wasn't much happening so we walked around and hit the boardwalk to walk down to the Tropicana . I got some pictures of Bally's Wild West on the way out. We walked through a few casinos but none of them really had anything going on. Jason picked a craps table and won enough money to cover our hotel bill, so we quit while we were ahead and stopped at the lobby bar in Bally's which was the only thing open. After a drink or two we went to the cafe' and got a sandwich and called it a night.

In the morning we packed up and headed out. There was a Korean War Memorial next to Bally's so I stopped and got some pictures. It was nice. There was a wall with all of the fallen soldier's names but they didn't come out good in the picture. On the way out of town we stopped at Maria's Luncheonette to get some breakfast. I got a photo with Maria' herself and our waitress Anastasia who was a student visiting for the summer from Belarus which is a small country bordered by Russia to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north. She's heading back in October to go back to school. The food was great and so was the service. I recommend stopping by and telling Maria that Joe sent you. We then jumped up on the expressway and headed to Philadelphia.

No trip across the US can be complete without visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty  bell. I've been to Philly before and am  not a big fan of the traffic but for the sake of my blog fans, I decided to make it happen. We parked on the sidewalk in front of a big hotel and slipped the doorman a few bucks to watch them for us and walk to Liberty park. They moved the Liberty Bell since the last time I was here as a kid. It's now in a secured building. It happens that they close and  4:45 PM. We arrived at 4:50. What a bummer. We talked to the park ranger and explained what I was doing and they were nice enough to escort me in to get a picture. That was very cool for them to do and I really appreciated it. I also got a picture of Independence Hall, the original Congress Hall and the Old City Hall. Doing all of this worked up a good appetite so we had to get a Philly Cheesesteak. We went to the home of the Cheesesteak, Geno's. There are actually two places that claim to have the best cheeseteaks. Geno's and Pat's. They are directly across from each other so we decide to get one from each and see what we thought. Although they were both very good, after careful consideration, both Jason and I agree that Geno's is the best cheesesteak. I am declaring Geno's to be the Official Cheesesteak of Ride with Joe. I even got a picture of Geno's Harleys that he had in a display window across the street. By now it was getting late and we decide it was time to get on the road and head back to the campground for the next phase of Rally on the River. Summer is definitely coming to an end. It was a cold ride back to Sunbury. Time to start thinking about heading south soon.
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