And So It Begins . . .

Tuesday, July 17, 1928

Left home Tuesday, July 10, 1928. Drove with Eleanor to Columbus, Ohio. Left there 12th early with Jack Lippincott and bummed to Cumberland, Md. by 11 PM. Reached Washington, D.C. the following day. Saturday I met Harry Fitzgerald who drove up from Richmond, Va. Stayed at his home over night. Sunday we all drove to Virginia Beach and tried to sleep on the beach but were eaten by mosquitoes. Boarded S.S. Clairton Monday and spent night on boat. Jack spent night fighting bed-bugs. Tuesday had a letter from Jean. Left Norfolk at 11:20 AM and sailed to Newport News for more cargo. Left at 5:20 PM. Now heading for open sea. Just passed British freighter.

We have decided not to get sea-sick. Beautiful sunset. Ocean calm. Just dropped pilot. Virginia Beach in distance.

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