I didn't feel well this morning. It felt like there was a brick in my stomach, probably due to all the congealed grease from supper last night. I knew I would pay for my menu selection. The parking lot was quiet as we moved our last bags into the trucks. There was a brief wrinkle as Sherm tried to find his keys but they were finally located in the Toyota under his jacket. We said our goodbyes and then watched him pull out. Then Sandy and I hooked the trailer to the truck, I checked out and filled my travel mug in the breakfast nook, and we hit the road by 6:15.
Plotting a route home was difficult. Most of the big roads fan out from the northeast to the southwest quadrant. For those of us going northwest, either we travel out of our way or use secondary roads. Google Maps told me that the fastest way home was via US 219 up through Pennsylvania but I have experience on that highway and, while it is an excellent motorcycle route, I don't want to be hauling an 8 1/2 foot wide trailer up and down its twisty steep grades.
We took I-64 to Richmond and caught I-95 north. Several people had warned me about going through Washington DC, even on a Sunday morning, so we got off 95 on US 17 south of the capital. In retrospect, I should have stayed on the big roads (I-95 through DC to I-83 in Baltimore and on to Harrisburg). It would have been quicker than the mostly two lane US 17/US 15 route that took us meandering through the countryside and small towns. Besides, why should I be concerned about DC traffic? I drive in Toronto.
Not far along US 17, we were following a utility truck that nearly hit a deer that scrambled across the highway. Then we topped for fuel near Warrenton and watched two sheriff's deputies go by riding their Harley's, side by side. Ever since the old TV show CHIPs, the sight of two motors moving along like this evokes a pleasant emotion in me. We won't speculate on the outcome if that same deer were to dart out in front of them. I think I will stick to staggered riding.
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