Montgomery Village

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Yesterday we found what we assume is the only Internet café in Fredericksburg (where we updated our blog, etc) and last night we ate at what seemed to be the only restaurant open on Sunday night.  Fortunately it was a good one and the evening was made more enjoyable by our waiter.  He is an historian.  He explained that his writings do not bring in heaps of money, hence his evening job.  He has just published a book on Mary Todd Lincoln (wife of Abraham) which has sold out its first print.  This morning we went to a local bookstore and ordered one to be sent to us in Portland Oregon.  It should arrive long before we do but at least it will find a good temporary home there.

Then we hit the road, for the last time for a while.  While we have enjoyed our travels the thought of being in one place for longer than 2 or 4 days was appealing.  We set the GPS to use least freeways to reach Montgomery Village (near Washington DC) but Ruth wanted to travel on even smaller country roads (though they had to be sealed as Tom draws the line at driving on unsealed roads) so she used one of the maps Linda had sent and plotted a path north.  This worked fine and we travelled through pleasant countryside, still with delightful fall colours, until we got closer to our destination.  Ruth then worked out that the map wasn't just not showing roads where she wanted to go; there were no roads straight north as there were no bridges crossing the Potomac River in that area.  So we put our fate into the GPS and were taken through some very expensive, huge housing settlements and around several twists and turns before we reached our destination; with minimum use of I 495 which is a very busy highway that circles Washington.

We arrived at Linda and Bob's mid afternoon and were made to feel extremely welcome.

We returned our rental car as we intend to use public transport for the next few weeks.
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