First the end of the National Road in Vandalia then the end of the
Historic National Road Byway at the Mississippi River. I had a nice visit
in Greenup and got to stand on Route 66 for the second time of the trip.
A visit with the Bremers in Indianapolis and a new appreciation for
Almost through Ohio with a side trip for a pig roast.
Two Madonnas in a day and a couple more bridges. A funeral in Brownsville
and a beer at the Century Inn.
After six nights in Maryland, I finally left the state; Shooting another
Mason-Dixon stone on the way out. Educational stops at Fort Necessity
& Braddock's Grave.
A pair of Washington Monuments, a few mile markers, some bridges, and a
shirt tale. There was also a little rain but who cares?
Parade, dinosaurs, rain, music, dancing, and a bunch of fireworks.
Who could ask for anything more?
I rode the wonderful Metro into DC and found the Zero Mile Marker in the
middle of a big crowd taking pictures of the White House. The World War II
Memorial and the American Indian Museum were both thought provoking while
the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was a little more fun. A good and busy
I took the expressway to Frederick but even that provided some nice
scenery. There has been a lot of work in Frederick but little or none at
the Madonna of the Trail site in Bethesda.
The Independence Day weekend looked like a good time for this trip since
it was just about the earliest possible and the holiday would give me a
couple of extra days off. I had already planned to work in visits to two
new Washington attractions; the World War II Memorial and the Smithsonian
American Indian Museum. Once July 4 entered the picture, celebrating the
country's independence in its capitol seemed attractive. A schedule
evolved that would accommodate that plus a pass at the Madonna of the
Trail in Bethesda and a ride on the steam powered train in Cumberland.
Step one was getting to Cumberland (actually La Vale) Friday night and
riding the train on Saturday. Both have been accomplished. Next is driving
the National Old Trails Road spur that ran through Bethesda followed by
two days in and around D.C. There should be no problem with the first of
those but recent flooding and predictions of more rain have me rethinking
the D.C. segment. I haven't changed plans but I am watching the weather
Driving the National Road has been on this site's "Just Seeds" list
almost from the beginning; Waiting only for an opportunity or
justification. The first bit of legislation authorizing it was signed 200
years ago and a bicentennial seems a pretty good justification. I'll be
working on that opportunity with July or August seeming the most likely.
My original "Seeds" page (complete with what I now know are errors)
is now here.