Today we left Lexington and drove part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and part of Shenandoah National Park. Beautiful country. We saw deer, but no bears. Eventually we had to get back on the highway, because we were just not making enough progress considering how much ground we needed to cover. We made it to College Park, MD about 7:30 and got checked into our hotel. Tomorrow and part of the next day will be spent in and around Washington, DC, the capital city of the greatest country on Earth. An occupied city for now, far as I'm concerned. But still a favorite place to visit. In case you're wondering what I mean, Josh Marshall at http://talkingpointsmemo.com/ has been covering two stories--Karl Rove's latest insult to all thinking Americans, and the real estate misadventures of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, Congressman from my former neighborhood (though not my Congressman, thankfully). Check it out.
Back to the trip, though. The scenery that you can see driving through America, and the wonderful people you can meet, are simply unmatched anywhere in the world. If you get to drive across country, ever--like reader Average Joe is soon--take advantage of the opportunity. Take as long as you can to make the trip. See as much as you can soak in. It's worth it.