DC to Chicago
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Well, friends and family, I made it to
The first two days were spent in WV with my family. Our annual trek to the Treasure Mountain Festival in our hometown. Had a great time with my family, ate my way across
On Sunday, drove across WV to
Stayed in a very nice KOA campground on Sunday night outside
I learned that its brandname -- Summer Breeze -- is not just poetic license.
I learned that I left the recharger to the airpump for the air mattress at home.
I learned that it takes about 2 hours, with breaks, to blow up a queen-size air mattress by myself.
I learned that my camp stove gets water really hot but not quite hot enough to boil, making it darned difficult to make spaghetti! I learned that my homemade soup was pretty good though.
I learned that if I sleep with the sleeping bag, the wool blanket, the wool hat, and George, the teddy bear, I'll be warm enough. :) Even my always-cold nose.
The next day, I learned the lessons of 3/4: never let your gas tank get below 3/4 empty or your bladder get more than 3/4 full. Still gotta learn to pace myself on those 2-liter water bottles!
Found my way into
It's been a joy to spend time with Charlie. Went out to dinner with two of his friends Monday night and had a great time. Sat up and talked till midnight. His couch is quite comfy.
Went out for Chicago-famous cinammon rolls at Ann Sathers. Charlie then went to spend the day studying and I walked. And walked. And walked. I walked all afternoon. About 6 miles. From the north side (
Watched "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" at Charlie's place, waiting for him to come home from school. Changed some of my tent camping reservations to camping cabin reservations....
Tomorrow may be the Art Institute or the Chicago Historical Society. It for sure will include laundry and drinks with an old roommate.
The trip from
Not much else to report so far. This part of the trip is just about getting from Point A to Point B. It'll get more interesting after I leave
For today, this is just a note to let you all know I'm doing fine and things are going about as expected (knock wood). Talk to you all later.