Richmond Virginia

Trip Start Sep 30, 2008
Trip End Oct 24, 2008

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ricky Ramiah and I drove out to Richmond from Charlottesville in a Kia hire vehicle this morning on what should have been a 1 hour drive. Unfortunately this vehicle does not come with gps navigation included so we thought we would manage by downloading a map from google. With directions from the hotel lobby to avoid the football traffic (Gridiron) we managed to get out of town OK and reach the outskirts of Richmond. It was here that the limited information on the google map we had printed let us down (not the navigator! After trying hard to "feel" our way we finally pulled over for directions at a petrol "gas" station and purchased a map to retrace our route and arrive at our destination an hour later than planned. Richmond heading downtown has some lovely treed avenues with well maintained and sometimes splendid old houses.

Fortunately, David Puhala whom we had planned to meet at Richmond Acceleration Sports Training was still waiting for us. David explained the operation was still building after three years and suggested the reason for its slow growth was a lack of marketing. Acceleration Sports in Richmond is part of a larger non-profit organisation called Sheltering Arms which provides hospital based physical rehabilitation services in five regional locations and is funded through endowments and donations. While not having a commercial focus the training facility's equipment and level of service was high with David, who is a qualified athlete trainer and has a Master of Exercise Science, providing most of the hands on training.

Leaving Acceleration we headed downtown to check in at our hotel only to find they had no rooms with three beds nor any trolley beds. Ricky and I looked at one another on hearing this and decided that it would be smart to find another hotel rather than put up with complaints from Ramiah. Fortunately, we were referred to another hotel that offered a two room suite with 3 beds and at a lower price. Now Ramiah can get some space and Ricky and I won't hear his snores!

This afternoon we walked down to the Richmond Folk Festival where large crowds had gathered to enjoy a range of music genres, food varieties and craft markets. Entry was free and we wandered through the festival finding seven music stages in amongst the historic canal works and the Civil War memorial. Performing on the last music stage was a Soul and R & B band, an excellent way to complete the afternoon.
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