We left the hotel at 9.50am and drove past a very big building that we had previously been told was the CIA. We kept our eyes half-closed.
We arrived at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at the Dulles International Airport at 10.00am and spent a couple of hours inside. It was truly an extraordinary display and it even has an Air France Concorde parked in the hangar and everything from sport aviation to military. It is probably one of the best displays of aircraft we have ever seen.
We then phoned Major Dan Mori in Arlington. Dan Mori is the US military's appointed lawyer for Australian David Hicks. We are very concerned that David Hicks has been locked up for nearly five years without a trial and now without any charge.
We drove down to Arlington, found Dan and his Lawyer Associate, Rebecca. We picked them up in the Earthroamer and drove down to a Mexican fast food eatery because it had an open-air car park. We are restricted where we can park because we are 10ft 6 inches height in the Earthroamer. We talked about David Hicks and what we could do to try to get him a fair trial. We are hoping that the proposed changes that President Bush is trying to get through Congress will not go ahead, and this may mean that Australia will say, "Enough is enough - David Hicks should come home."
After saying goodbye to Dan and Rebecca we headed north on the highway into Washington. We saw a turn off into Washington DC itself and spent the next 45 minutes driving around the Capital and the Washington Monument. At different places Pip jumped out of the car and took photos. At one stage we even parked and asked a passing tourist to take our photo.
We hadn't realised that this was all a big no-no. As we were heading out of Washington DC a friendly policeman pulled his car up beside us and said, "Do you realise that RVs are not allowed in central Washington?" We said no, but we were leaving anyway and how could we get out? He gave us directions and off we went, on to the freeway heading north.
We followed the GPS to the Capitol Koa Campground at Millersville, which was northeast towards Bowie. We stopped at 4.15pm - early for us - in light rain. In Washington DC itself it was fine and sunny. Weren't we lucky?
We parked in Site 29 and within minutes an American family arrived next to us. They were from Aberdeen, which is to the northeast, and had come down to take part in a medieval jousting tournament. They were a classic American family with a big V8 pickup and a caravan on the back. They had put up a large American Flag on their annex and had lit their campfire and were enjoying a few beers and a chat. They were extremely friendly and when they heard our Aussie accents they talked to us about Steve Irwin’s death.
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