The Trip – Day 12 – Rockville MD To Columbus OH

Today I drove 630 km from Rockville MD to Columbus OH. The drive took pretty much all day (9am to 4pm). I stopped many times on the way to refresh and one stop to take pictures. What happened was that I saw this ridge between mountains and thought how beautiful it was. Then I realized I’m going to pass right through it. And when I got there, there was a rest point at the side of the road. I stopped and took most of the pictures you see below.

I checked into my motel and called up The Funny Bone, a stand-up comedy club 15 km from my motel. They said the show was sold out but they’ll probably manage to squeeze one person in. And so I got a seat in second row and saw Billy Gardell, a very funny man, and two others that gave short appearances. But I suck at remembering names although they were really good as well.

I have come to realize that my Garmin nuvi 265W GPS device is the most important thing I own in this trip. Without it I wouldn’t have been able to navigate my way 600+ km to Columbus OH or 15 km to the comedy club. The GPS is so valuable to me, I am actually thinking about buying a backup one. Without it I would have to navigate with maps alone. I consider the thing black voodoo magic. It’s simply amazing.

Tomorrow I drive 682 km to Caseyvill IL, which is close enough to St. Louis MO, where I really need to be. I will stay there 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) because on Saturday I’m going to watch Jerry Seinfeld appear live in Fabulous Fox theater with a very good VIP seat ticket. When I went to check out tickets, the reservation website said “The show is sold out” but there was still a “buy now” link. I tried it and got the ticket for only 93 USD. This is much cheaper than other ticket sites tried to sell me before (300 USD minimum.) So I’ll consider myself lucky :)