We made it

We made it to our hotel. Got there almost exactly at 8AM. Found a bagel place and had a bite to eat, than went back to the hotel to see when we could check in, They had open rooms, so they let us check right in.

So we’re unwinding and going to grab a nap after driving all night.

mapThe drive was uneventful. Driving at night is great. Almost no traffic until 5AM, but boy did it pick up fast and get heavy once we got close in to Baltimore and on. By then it was time for people’s morning commute and apparently six inches is plenty of room to cut in front of someone to change lanes.

I didn’t know where I was most of the time, but just followed the navigation blindly and trusted to Google. It didn’t steer us wrong. I couldn’t have done that with my Magellan. It was so dark at night that I saw very little in the way of landmarks, so it was like flying by instruments. At times I thought I was in a tunnel.

We drove through some light fog, but otherwise the weather was great.

Going to DC

Not by bike. But just to try it out and to see it work, I’ll be running the Greenalp tracker on my phone. You can see where I am on my trip to Washington DC at this page.

I’m driving down for my Uncle Paul’s funeral for a couple of days. My son Frank is going to be with me. It’s been many years since I’ve been to DC and this is the first time I’ve ever driven myself. I’m looking forward to it. Wish I could make a longer trip out of it, but finances just don’t permit.

Anyway, laptop and camera are going with. If anything interesting happens, I’ll be sure to write about it here!

I’ll be deciding on the fate of the bike trip after I am back. I’m also thinking about a group ride on the GAP trail in October. It’s a three-day trip leaving from Maryland and going into Pennsylvania on the GAP trail. Just to get a taste of the GAP trail.

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New Solar Panel

I’ve been working on a new solar panel for the bike. The one I have now is long and narrow. It puts out 15 watts and hangs off the back of the trailer.

My goal is to replace it with one that fits it in the recess in the top of the plastic bin on my trailer so it doesn’t hang off at all. With more efficient cells it should be about 20 watts despite the smaller size.

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On Hold Again

I was just about to post that I was going to resume my trip tomorrow when my phone rang.

Due to a death in the family, I will be holding off on resuming my bike trip for an undetermined time.

For those of you following this, keep checking back, I’ll let you know when it’s on again.

I was really excited to resume my trip. I was literally packed to go. I did lot of work on the bike and trailer and bike the past three days and was looking forward to it. I may, instead do a local ride for exercise tomorrow.

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