Sunday, July 03, 2005

Day 3

Location: Portsmouth, VA

As we didn't get back last night until close to 5, it was a good day to sleep in. Early this afternoon, Jess (Chris' girlfriend), Chris, and myself went to a park alongside the Chesapeake Bay. It was huge with its own golf course - reminded me of Eisenhower Park in Long Island.

This whole trip, although it has only lasted a few days, has been full of friends telling me about places I can stay when I'm out on the road. My friend Mary Lou from the Danielle House has sons in Dallas; Jess has a former roommate in San Francisco I can stay with. Looks like I may not have to do as much sleeping in the car as I originally thought. Everyone has been so supportive and helpful...I am blessed to have great friends.

After the park we came back to Chris' and just hung out for most of the day. I fell asleep for a while, actually. I was very comfortable in his air-conditioned apartment. Later in the day we went to Wal-Mart as he had to buy groceries, and I needed more supplies for my trip. My water has gone incredibly fast, so I bought more bottles, bought some more granola bars, carrots, and some more raisins. My friends have made fun of what my diet will be like on this trip, but I figure this is about the best I can do to try and eat (relatively) healthy and have dry food I can bring with me when I go camping. As I forgot my bathing suit, I also purchased one at Wal-Mart so that I can swim at the Jon's in Texas.

Chris made chicken cutlets for dinner which really hit the spot. He's been a great host and I'm grateful I had the chance to come down.

Already tomorrow is the 4th...although I've allowed myself a whole month for this trip, I have a feeling it will go by tomorrow I'll begin heading in a westward direction, not to come back in an eastern direction probably until I'm in the state of Washington. I'm headed to Great Smoky Mountains National Park which lies on part of the border of Tennesee and North Carolina. I hope to be out there by early afternoon, and I imagine I'll probably pitch my tent that night, as well, for the first bit of camping this entire trip. I hope to have some good picture from there to share on this website.

Goodnight, everyone.



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