I made it to Alexandria last night. I haven't driven 9 hours by myself in a while, and I have to say that I was pretty boring company for myself. I listened to the radio but that isn't the same as having a traveling companion. I had my trusty iPod but to tell you the truth, I didn't feel in the mood to listen to music so I listened to NPR news for about 7 hours.
The interstate was surprisingly good until I got to Virginia, and there the pot holes were unreal. What's up with that Virginia? You are my home state and have 2 foot holes in one of the main travel arteries! But Virginia didn't disappoint on scenery. It was lush and green with wonderful flowers at every rest stop. I decided to stop at every rest stop for the last four hours. I needed to get out and walk around. It helped to keep me awake.
I stopped off in my old college town on the way up. I walked to my old residence hall. I remembered the late night conversations and the years studying there. It brought back a lot of memories. The campus is different now. There are key cards on the doors and many new buildings. But the campus is still as beautiful, if not more so. The old buildings are venerable. I may stop on the way back just to walk around again. I would like to go to the old science building and see if I can find the lecture hall where I sat for so many classes. Seeing all this made me decide to come back for a class reunion. I really think that college and graduate school were awesome times.
I didn't stop to eat and was famished by the time I got to the hotel. It is on the Potomac River. I had dinner at a Thai restaurant. It was close by, but there are lots of exotic places to eat in this area. I like the quaintness of old town Alexandria. I could probably spend a day going through book and antique shops here. Maybe tonight there will be some time after the meeting ends. And perhaps I'll hunt up an Ethiopian restaurant.
Today I feel rested. I talked to C. and things are good at the farm. She has been working on the garden and adding more flowers to the English garden that she has started. I miss her.
I'm going to get something to eat for lunch and get ready for the afternoon's meeting. Have a good day.