In the morning at the The Meadowlark Gardens, we met a woman named Linda Andress. Ms. Andress invited us to have lunch with here at her favorite restaurant, the Vienna Inn, which is near the W&OD trail. Veterinarian Linda Neimeir also came out to ride with Bill.
The town of Vienna was having a festival, when Brenda and I arrived. Brenda had to park the truck at a local high school; there just wasn't anywhere else to park. We spotted Ms. Neimeir's truck and trailer at the school. She didn't have anyone to drive for her, so she parked there, then rode to meet Bill. That didn't quite workout as planned, as the trail is split in some sections. The paved sections are mainly for bicycles. Bill was switching back and forth and Ms. Neimeir missed him somewhere along the way.
Anyway, when everyone finally met up we walked over to the Vienna Inn. Ms. Neimeir watched the horses while we went in to eat. After lunch we said good bye to Ms. Neimeir and Ms. Andress and hit the road again. We drove on to our next camp site for the night.
We didn't know what to expect when we got to the next place for the night. Bon Air Park is a city park, and a very busy one at that. Louis Barb, Randy Randall and his granddaughter Isibella came out to help us get situated. The folks in the park couldn't quite make out why we were parking the big truck and trailer on the grass for. When Bill and Blackie arrived we where swarmed with kids. One thing I have learned is that kids love horses.
Although the W&OD trail accommodates horses, the remaining trek into Washington D.C., on the Custis Trail, does not. I'm not sure who was able to give permission to ride the bike trail. Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs Manager, David Goodman was contacted by Paul McCray, and Mr. Goodman agreed to assist Bill with routing. Mr. Goodman brought aerial photos and maps, which he went over with Bill that night at Bon Air Park.