On the Road in Washington DC

Well, we made it on the road!  It turned out that what we thought was a starter or alternator was actually a faulty ground wire.  It was a very easy $180 fix…which we really enjoyed paying.

We got into Washington DC last night and hung out with my good friend, Michael.  We were lucky enough to get a good interview with him about how to brew beer, which I’ll be posting in the next couple of days.

After enjoying the first road part of our road trip, some great homemade Belgians and conversation, we turned in for the night.

Today was spent going to all of the expected Washington DC sights, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and World War II Memorial - which was just finished a couple of years ago.  We finished the sight-seeing with a touring of the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian which was definitely rad.  Michael took us to all of the sights in record time and a comfortable pace.

After stopping back by Michael’s, we decided to try staying the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot…something we had heard you can do, but never tried.  When we got here, we saw two other, larger campers and knew we were golden.  A free night of sleep is definitely going to fit well with our budget and look forward to many more nights in these parking lots.

We also discovered that the propane stove works like a charm by cooking up some pasta, chicken and tomato sauce.  It was just as good as anything I’d cook at home and cost less than $1.25 for each of us to eat.  Bonus.

Tomorrow morning, we’ve lined up a free wi-fi hot spot at a coffee shop to get some work done and upload pictures and video, so be on the lookout for those around lunch time.

Now, it’s time to pass out.

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Comment by Gary
2007-09-22 03:19:07

alexi needs this in the van http://www.pizdaus.com/pics/BhCgJbSfzsBm.jpg

Comment by Kosti Kostibas
2007-09-22 14:42:59

Gary com’on…you see the budget they’re working on. They’d be better off sneaking into a field of cows at night and just have their way with the livestock. Kind of like alien abductions, only with more alexi and ben penises. BTW, THAT video would probably up your page visits!

 
 
Comment by Kosti Kostibas
2007-09-21 15:45:26

Hmm…an interview on beer making…and a night in a wal-mart parking lot. Seems like you guys are going to set this country of ours on fire. I think you need gimmick - something like: a mascot that you take pictures of in front of famous places, or you guys take a picture of yourself in a wild pair of boxer-shorts (only) in front of famous places…something that adds a bit of either danger or comedy…just a suggestion

Comment by Al
2007-09-22 09:53:36

YES!! A Gnome http://www.callalillie.com/archives/gnome.jpg then get people to sign it from each state.
It is a must.

 
 
Comment by Michael
2007-09-21 12:09:08

I hope you guys enjoyed your short stay in our nations capital. I hope to see you guys again in a mcflurry…

 
Comment by Al
2007-09-21 10:16:24

Umm… Did you guys pass geography in high school? DC is North East of here. Isnt Cali on the West Coast? Turn left Ben, turn left!!!

Comment by Ben
2007-09-21 10:25:41

Blimey! I KNEW something was wrong when the sun rose over the water!

Ben

 
 
Comment by Dan
2007-09-21 08:41:22

Wal-Mart? in DC? How are you guys still alive? I can’t wait until you try this in Needlebumpkin, LA.

Comment by Ben
2007-09-21 08:55:11

We have knives.

Ben

 
 
Comment by Andrea Lee
2007-09-21 07:22:02

Hey Bennie boy,
If you stay there a few more days we will be able to bump into each other. J and I are flying out first thing on Wednesday, but I am sure you’ll be long gone by then. Can you recommend any places that we should go! (Besides the obvious sites everyone sees while in D.C)..any good places to hear live music or eat?
Just wondering! Can’t wait to see you here in ChiTown. Please let us know when you’re coming so we can prepare for our BEN!! =)
Miss you Ben! I put your website as one of my tabs so I check up on you and your wild adventures everyday!
LOVE YOUR PICTURES!

Andrea

Comment by Ben
2007-09-21 08:54:44

As far as places to go, I’d say to stick with the main stuff. J could get lost in the Smithsonian for days, so be prepared for that ;)

We had lunch at G Street and 17th at a place called “Cosi” that was really good and really affordable. We were all greatly impressed.

Can’t wait to see you in Chitown!

Ben

 
 
Comment by Sheila
2007-09-21 07:14:50

I’m so glad you got the van fixed and your journey off to a good start.

Comment by Ben
2007-09-21 08:53:20

Thanks!

Ben

 
 
Comment by Andrew Davidoff
2007-09-21 06:53:47

Glad to hear you guys are finally on the move.

Andrew Davidoff

Comment by Ben
2007-09-21 08:52:50

Yeah - we didn’t need to sleep in the van last night, but wanted to just to feel like we were definitely on the road.

Ben

 
 
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