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Trip Report Kwaussie's road trip part 2

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This is the second part of an ongoing report of our trip to the US.
The first part of my trip report thread
http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/trip-report-tx-la-fl-dc-nyc-az-ca.cfm become to large to load easily so I'm starting a new one to cover the last 3 weeks of our journey.

Day 30 Washington DC - Boston

A late flight to Boston tonight left us with a morning to spend hunting down another museum in DC. We left the hotel late because it took us awhile to squish our Washington purchases into our already over flowing suitcases and had a late breakfast across the road at Billy Goat's diner. Two eggs sunnyside up, hash browns, bacon and toast , all for $5.

Taine wanted to check out the Air & Space museum so I hoisted my aching backside back on to the bike one more time. Who knew that Taine's multiple viewing of 'Night in the Museum' would lead to such an interest in history!
Washington on a week day is a very different place than it is on the weekend. Mobile food trucks line some of the streets enabling the busy, government employees the option to eat on the run. Crossing pedestrian walkways becomes quite difficult because the drivers in important looking vehicles don't like to heed the 'give way to pedestrian' signs. We got quite a few toots as we wheeled our bikes across.

To be honest I was a bit museumed out and not really in the mood for roaming the exhibits but Taine & Geoff enjoyed it and learnt lots of interesting stuff about flight. I was a disappointed we didn't get to the American Indian museum but we've left a few things to do next time we visit.

Transportation to Dulles was a bit of an issue considering our luggage load. After weighing up the cost of the shuttle, the inconvenience of train then bus and the unknown price of a taxi, we went with a van organised by the hotel for $80. Added to the costly bike oversight from yesterday, this leg is becoming an expensive one but I'm glad we didn't have a car here. Parking at our hotel would have been $48 a day and I wouldn't have had nearly as much exercise!

Despite the distance to Dulles (almost 50k from the city), it didn't take long to get there and so we were left with a few hours to chill at the airport. The Jet Blue flight was bumpy and Boston is foggy, wet and cold. We caught a taxi to our hotel in the Back Bay area. It's called the Mid Town and I think it's seen better days but the room is big enough to lay all our suitcases on the floor for a re pack. I think we were a bit spoilt at the Affinia Liaison with its deliciously soft mattresses but I'm sure we can cope with a couple of less luxurious days before we get to another Affinia in NYC.

Given that we had a late lunch at the airport and no dinner, we ventured out into the rain looking for supper. Our first revelation was that you can't buy liquor in the drug store/ supermarket/pharmacy 7/11 places like you can in the South. I hadn't realised how convenient this was until it was so unexpectedly taken away from me! We found a Whole Foods just as it was closing and ended up eating apples and potato chips.

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