September 3, 2001
Today was Labor Day, and it was the only day where we really encountered crowds on our trip. We drove through Winchester this morning since it was dark when we got in last night and we hadn't had a chance to see the town. We saw a crack dealer standing on a corner who had been sentenced to wear a sign stating that he was a convicted drug dealer. Looked like free advertising to me - now we know where to get it if we want it. Then we headed north on a state highway and stopped at a flea market. We thought they might have really far out West Virginia oddities, but it was just the same crap you find at flea markets anywhere. Next we drove through Harper's Ferry. It's a neat old historic town, but it was really crowded and we moved on.
Today once again we had trouble finding lunch. We were just inside Maryland now, one of the most densely populated states, and we couldn't figure out where these people eat. We finally ended up with a gas station cheese steak sandwich, which ended up being Steak-um's and slices of American cheese on a bun, but at least it filled us up. We picnicked on the Potomac at a park by the C&O canal in Point O' Rocks, Maryland.
Jana didn't realize it because we'd been driving on scenic byways all day, but we were dangerously close to the city. As soon as we left Sugarloaf Mountain, we were in full-blown D.C. suburbia. We drove through Rockville, my former employment and residence. Jana was completely unimpressed and anxious to escape there.
Really Great Falls
We went for dinner at Thai Old Towne in Old Town, Alexandria - very hot curry for Tom, soft crab & shrimp for Jana. Our Thai waitress was wearing a South Park tie. Afterwards, we walked along the riverfront - charming.