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North America » United States » New Hampshire » North Conway October 22nd 2013

Once again we have struck lucky with our choice of places to stay...this week we are based in North Conway in a timeshare unit at Eastren Slope Inn. It is an old American Historic Building - very quaint and we have a nice two floor condo in the main hotel building. It's a great location as it is right on Main Street and there are lots of great cafes, restaurants, shops to see on our doorstop. But I am getting ahead of myself - we had a good drive here from the Cape - 280 miles - we started off along the KIngs Highway along the Cape ( a slower road but very picturesque with quaint villages and houses dotted all along this )and we decided not to drive back through Boston but took a wide ... read more
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North America » United States » New Hampshire » North Conway October 22nd 2013

Hi folks What a wonderful drive .... we set off early morning yesterday and took all day in beautiful autumn sunshine to drive along the Kancamagus Highway and then in a loop north from Woodstock , Franconia State Park and back via Crawford Notch and Bartlett , then along Bear Notch Road to our base in North Conway (- probably about 120 miles ) There are many scenic overlooks and waterfalls and hikingtrails along the way....beautiful mountain views and colours of the trees all along the route. The best hike of the day was Flume Gorge - where a basalt dike has cut into the granite at a geological fault and as it erodes more quickly than granite there is a steep sided canyon with the river running through. Wooden walkways and steps enable you to ... read more
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North America » United States » New Hampshire » Jackson October 13th 2013

Saturday:A misty start to the day saw us catch the 10.30am Conway Scenic Steam Train - we took an open carriage on the outward leg, but let sense rule on the way and sat in a closed carriage. The trip was only 55 mins, but there was plenty of enthusiastic whistle blowing and between the commentary we were treated to a variety of American mountain music - fiddle, banjo & accordion! Afterwards we were soon taking advantage of much needed hot coffee and muffins!! Next on the itinerary was the Kancamagus Highway - a 35 miles stretch of road known for its scenery and foliage. It was a delight, and the icing on the cake was our bursting into sunshine and blue skies as we passed over a pass halfway along. We stopped at many viewpoints ... read more
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North America » United States » New Hampshire » Jackson October 12th 2013

Friday After a fond farewell to Rockport and some useful travelling advice from our host, we set off for the penultimate stage of our travels. When you buy petrol in Blighty, you fill up and then pop into the kiosk and pay - not over here. In this state certainly, you need to either pay by credit card before topping up or (as I eventually did) wander over to the kiosk and pay cash for your petrol and then go back and fill up. I guess this puts a top firmly on so called drive-offs. We enjoyed a leaf peeping 3hr drive, amusing ourselves with such signs as 'Avoid Moose - You'll Come Off Worse'. Courtesy of a friendly and talkative Tourist Information Officer we by-passed Conway - this had 3 pluses: avoiding the traffic jam, ... read more
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North America » United States » New Hampshire October 2nd 2013

October 2, 2013 Our hosts at the Sweet Serenity B&B in Randolph, VT, served us a great breakfast of eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, biscuits, fruit, and the best homemade applesauce ever! These people were so nice, we felt like we were visiting dear relatives. We arrived at our friends' home in Walpole, NH, before noon. Their home was built in 1834 and is full of character. We packed sandwiches and drove back into Vermont to hike up to the "Pinnacle" for a knock your socks off view of the VT mountains. Later, Joe and I spent a couple of hours walking around Walpole and the area around it and visiting some shops. Then it was back to Ted and Colleen's home for gin and tonics and good conversation. We four then went to dinner at ... read more
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Joe, Ted, Colleen and Rajah

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North America » United States » New Hampshire » Concord September 24th 2013

Taking a suggestion from a friend (thanks Macy!), we started out with some apple cider donuts that did not disappoint. The cider mill we stopped at displays the creation process for those cinnamony cidery clouds of happiness, and has piping hot cider to wash them down with. We both ate a couple *cough* three, before a drive up Smugglers Notch to Mt. Mansfield for a hike. After we got up near the top, the temperature dropped approximately 9,000 degrees. If any of you know me and cold—you know that that hike sure as heck didn't happen. I am a strong person, but once you add a little chilly weather and I want to sit in fetal position, cry, and hibernate for the rest of my life. Why I keep traveling to cold places in the fall, ... read more
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North America » United States » New Hampshire September 12th 2013

After a night where the temperatures reached 92 degrees and and then torrential rain and hail storm. Luckily we had returned from an evening meal. Now we set off in temperatures around 72 degrees and followed the directions as printed out on Bing maps. Not bad but a little finickity in places. We were going into the back woods of Maine and New Hampshire. Interesting settlements and small roads. When we arrived at our destination a Museum of 19th Century life the heavens opened and we were unable to get out of the car. After a short rest we decided to try and visit the museum in the next 10 days if at all possible. Little did we know as we went South the fork lightening decided to strike. The rain was torrential and driving interesting ... read more

North America » United States » New Hampshire » Dover August 15th 2013

Well I'll tell you it was Great to sleep in our own bed last night. We had an awesome trip! The best part of course was staying with Bryan,Angel and the girls. We started win friends saw family in the middle and hooked up with friends near the end. Here are a few stats on trip. 1 Bike 2 People 6 Weeks 1 Visit with Family 2 Visits with Friends 24 States 10054 Miles 2520 Pictures 25 Hotels 5 Loads of laundry 61 Tanks of gas 4 Major storms Missed! 2 Days with rain Posted speeds 15 - 75 High speed of 94 mph Nearly 100 bottles of H2O 0 Meals cooked 0 Headaches Nancy and I want to Thank you all for following us along the way. Hope you all enjoyed our Adventure. I know ... read more
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More photos at: Picasa url=https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o8ChP-Lp3injw05q5IjA29MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlinkimg=https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1VxhnwjdbMM/Uhqx-wstY8I/AAAAAAAACBY/KbJNDtLhu2g/s288/image186.jpg Another day, another steep hike. Today it was Arethusa Falls, the tallest falls in New Hampshire at over 200 feet. By the numbers, this on is as steep as some of the steeper hikes I've done this past week, but it didn't feel as steep. On my way up I took the Bemis Brook trail, which allowed me to get pictures of a couple other nice falls. Arethusa Falls itself is a wide sheet falling down a not quite vertical rock face. Heading west from there, I decided to track down and check out Circus Smirkus. Circus Smirkus is a youth summer camp for kids who want to do circu... read more


More photos at: Picasa url=https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zRXvI58IMakj0mYWBfWHBtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlinkimg=https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-H13uEU6luz0/UhqxvnvnaQI/AAAAAAAAB70/VIwQFsz6No0/s288/image127.jpg Making up for lost time, I headed out to do some hiking today. I started out first thing going to the Mt. Washington auto road, but they turned me away because the winds at the top were 93 mph. Instead, I headed to Wildcat Mountain ski area, not to go skiing but because the hike to Thompson Falls starts there. It is not a very long hike to the falls, and I was able to get good pictures of the first two cascades. Both the guidebook (Thanks Kris!) and the sheet I got from the ranger's station suggest that I should have been able to follow the trail higher, but I never foun... read more




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