Follow along as Newsday reporter Carol Polsky travels to our nation's capital with Long Islanders who are attending the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, one day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. More than 200,000 are expected to attend, but by midday the count was around 500,000.
North Hills, N.Y., 3 a.m.
Women and girls chat in good spirits while standing in the dark parking lot of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at North Hills church. They're showing off their handmade signs and pink-knit pussyhats. They have arrived from Sayville and Huntington, Manhasset and Oceanside, for a 3:24 a.m. departure.
A huge white bus pulls up 20 minutes late. It takes off at 4:01 a.m. to a quick burst of applause.
New Jersey Turnpike, N.J., 4:40 a.m.
We're in New Jersey after a bumpy ride on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. There's no heat on the bus, and there are complaints that the air conditioning apparently can't be turned off. About 52 women are sleeping or trying to, folded into their overcoats.
It's still dark but the roads are beginning to look more crowded.
North East, Md., 7:00 a.m.
A sea of buses and pink hats crowd a rest stop in Maryland. There are long lines for everything.
With so many women headed to the march, the lines for the ladies' restrooms began to get too long. Some women decided to make use of the men's facilities instead.
"The men got really confused," laughed one woman once she got back on the bus.
Tyrone Ross of Coram drives the charter bus.
"He's our hero," said the bus captain.
Elaina Vesselinov and her daughter, Lexi,12, of Great Neck, but soon to be Port Washington, eat breakfast on the bus at the rest stop.
Susquehanna River, Md., 8:15 a.m.
Lots of mother-daughter pairs made the trip. Melissa Papas of Oceanside, left, and her daughter, Dawn, 33, now of Harlem, are one such mother-daughter pair.
Said Melissa, "It's historic. I'm excited and a little nervous too."
Landover, Md., 9:31 a.m.
We're still on the bus, but getting close. The signs say we are seven miles from Washington, but but we're hearing it's about 20 minutes away with traffic.
It's been a long night's journey into day.
Washington, D.C., 10:10 a.m.
We arrived at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. at 10:10 a.m. Quick stop to take a group photo and then on to the march.