Stacy and I left her sister's and it was off to see Chestertown, home of Washington College (Stacy's alum. It was quaint and pretty, but way out in the middle of nowhere. The student body is less than 1000.
After leaving Chestertown it was time for... My First Speeding Ticket (of the trip), Kenndeyville, MD - population:12; 47 in a 30 zone, $70. Bummer, but there have definitely been many times on this trip where I deserved it more.
We finally made it to Philadelphia. We drove down to boathouse row (one of the rowing Meccas), took the obligatory photos from across the river, and I generally drooled since I haven't been on the water for almost two months. We drove through downtown, and ended up on South Street maybe a mile from the waterfront. After finding a parking spot it was time to see how good a real Philly Cheese Steak could be. Answer: Very good. I'm not convinced that I couldn't have had this sandwich someplace else, but it was great. I don't think the fact that I hadn't had anything to eat all day and it was 6pm had anything to do with it either.
New Jersey, Atlantic City, I'm not sure what I expected, old buildings certainly, maybe a little run down. But no, all the casinos we saw tonight looked pretty new. The hotel we found (The Hotel Casino on Georgia St) was cheap, shabby, old, very funky, but clean and definitely had atmosphere! Tine to hit the casinos. Not as much energy as in Vegas. Maybe a little (very little) classier, not as much noise and lights. Dealer stands on a soft 17. I kept my bets down in the $10-$20 range (lowest table I could find was a $10 minimum). I lost my $100 in about an hour. The cards just haven't been going my way this trip. I kind of started worrying about the car being parked on the street, as this is definitely a questionable area of town, and given my luck... I opted for the $2 valet parking at Trump Plaza down the street.