August 28 - Niagara to Washington DC
We packed up and checked out of our hotel early at Niagara on the Lake. We drove the short distance to the 405 and onto the bridge to the USA. Being as early as we were there was no wait. We drove straight up to the booth. We got a nice person who quickly asked the right questions and sent us on our way.
Once over the border our next priorities were breakfast and petrol. We accidentally took a wrong turn past Buffalo so we found a diner for breakfast and they directed us to a service station. It was closed but Lance saw the sign for another at the next intersection and we were all set. Back on the freeway and on the right road we steadily made our way south. Along the way we drove state route 66. Not the famous route 66, but still photo worthy. Our lunch stop was at Punxutawney. You may remember it as the setting for the movie Groundhog Day.
We found a restaurant and they had "hoagies" on the menu. I didn't know what a hoagie was so I asked. It turned out to be a long bread roll with a variety of fillings. I had one. All our meals were served with a side of potato crisps, must be a local thing. The waitress asked where we were from and then what we were doing in Punxutawney. I honestly replied we were passing through. She told us about the park up the street with the library and the window where we could see Phil & Phyllis - the groundhogs. Of course I had to go and see them. The burrow was much darker than the natural light outside so it was hard to get a photo. You can just make him (?) out.
After lunch we resumed our long drive arriving in Washington DC after 5pm. I arrived at what I believed was the location of our apartment but the building was not there. After two phone calls we worked out we were at 300 Massachusetts Ave NE and we should have been at 300 Massachusetts Ave NW. Union Station is in the middle of Massachusetts Ave and the numbers start from 1 in both directions from there. Bloody confusing. The guy on the phone took pity on us and offered to come and find us so we could follow him to where we wanted to be. In the interim a Police car drove by and asked what I was doing standing on the corner there. I honestly replied I was lost and waiting for a person to come to me and guide me to our apartment. They pointed out the direction we needed to travel in and moved on but we decided to wait four our guide.
Our guy turned up shortly after and was very helpful. He got a good tip. The apartment is spacious but the standard of cleaning didn't meet Darlene's approval. We wen't downstairs to a bar and had a late bite to eat and called it a night.