Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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To Philly Philadephia, PA, Friday, 21 October 2011 7:47pm

This morning I rode down to Philadelphia. It was a generally unremarkable ride, since I was taking the major expressways. I stopped for a late lunch at a rest area on the New Jersey Turnpike, where the clerk at one of the fast food places insisted that the drink she'd given me was Blue Raspberry, rather than Cherry, despite it being bright red. Oh, and one of my mirrors broke off of its stem while I was parked at the rest area.

It's funny how quick the states go by now. I touched CT, NY, NJ, and PA today. A far cry from how long it took me to get across South Dakota.

I'm in Philadelphia for the TEP National Convention. Due to complicated politics, there hasn't been a National Convention in over a decade (despite the constitution requiring one every two years), so I was curious to see what it would be like. Since I was in the area, it seemed like a good idea to check it out.

The welcome event was a double-decker bus tour of Philadelphia, which is a beautiful city. Our tour guide was a real character, and was great at pointing out all of the things that Philadelphia is second best at. We drove past the City Hall, the Free Library of Philadelphia (which is the city where Ben Franklin invented the idea of a lending library), and the Waterworks. We did a short walking tour around the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including a visit to the steps from the training montage in Rocky 2. We stopped for dinner at Geno's, for an authentic Philly Cheese Steak, before returning to the hotel by way of Independence Hall.