October 8 - 11
The feeling was with me all along the BRP that we were headed home so have been in end of trip thinking all that time. It hit me more once we came off Skyline Drive and went from single lane country road to multi lane highway. We were back in the city again.
As we have both been to Washington DC before there was nothing we wanted to do in that city. Apart from seeing George Washington’s Estate at Mt Vernon (see previous posting) we wanted to check out the Air & Space museum at Dulles Airport.
This is an amazing place that holds everything from small kit planes through to the Concorde and the Space Shuttle Endeavour and all things in between. The Space Shuttle was the main focus for me and was very impressed by its size and capacity to ride on the back of a 747. It is a shame that they don’t have this open for tours.
The surprise for me was coming down a walkway and seeing the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the 1st atom bomb on Hiroshima. I was stunned to see this plane that is marked in history and recounted the mission that it undertook. It’s hard to imagine the process taken to approve such a mission, I guess that in different times extreme measures had to be taken.
From here we headed to Baltimore for a couple of nights with a friend, Dennis and a tour of the harbour area. We were fortunate enough to witness part of the Columbus Day parade going through the city that day. It was an enjoyable few hours in the sunshine seeing a part of the city that had me reminiscing about Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
From Baltimore we made our way to New Jersey’s Cape May via Delaware and a crossing on the ferry from Lewes. We had 2 bonuses on the ferry trip with pods of dolphins farewelling and greeting the boat at each end.
As we are now out of the summer season most of the tourist things are closed, though Cape May was very nicely decorated for Halloween. The same at Ocean City, the boardwalk shops and amusement parlours were all but closed, though it was nice to walk the boardwalk for an hour to get a taste of the town.
Our main destination was a stop at Atlantic City. Again there is a beachfront boardwalk with amusement centres, food outlets and enough fortune tellers to have you knowing your future in detail for the next 20 years. The big attraction here, if you could call it that, are the casinos. A very mini Las Vegas on the beach with adjoining outlet retail shops. Here you can gamble your money away and get retail therapy all at the same time.
One more quick stop to check out some new shoes for me and we were headed home to Scarsdale. We were lucky that we avoided most of rush hour traffic and apart from a slight wrong turn on the George Washington Bridge we managed to get through it all without delay.
I must say the final drive home was pretty quiet as we both felt the emotion of bringing this huge adventure to a close. So at 8.08pm on October 11 we pulled into the drive at Amy’s apartment and let the tears flow. Months of planning and 6 months of travelling had come to an end.
…and it all went by so fast…