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Day 26 - Grand Island to ??? "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men gang aft agley." We were up and moving well this morning until Anne smelled something unfamiliar. It turned out the trailer battery was not doing too well. Truth be told, it was literally smoking, so Tony quickly detached it while giving Michelle a quick lesson in battery chemistry. A battery check and change is a standard problem and shouldn't take long. There was an Advanced Auto Parts down the road from the KOA and they were able to check the trailer and car batteries right away. They all needed to be replaced. Everyone there was super helpful and professional. Unfortunately as they were changing the car battery a small coolant hose on the radiator was broken. Two model years earlier it ... read more
Aww. Snap
Swings
Spinning


Day 25 - Niagara Falls It's a good thing we planned to arrive at the the falls first thing in the morning. We found parking without any difficulty and headed to our first activity. The Maid of the Mist is a boat that takes people right up to the middle of the Horseshoe Falls. We didn't have to wait too long in line to get tickets or to board the boat and we were able to get spots right at the top rail in the back of the boat. The views as we passed by American and Bridal Falls were spectacular but the power of being right in the middle of Horseshoe Falls was overwhelming. Our ticket price included ankle length ponchos. On the way over Anne wondered if we really needed a poncho that long. ... read more
Red vs Blue
Taste the Rainbow
Still dry

North America » United States » New York » Grand Island July 22nd 2016

Day 24 - Montreal to Grand Island Today's highlight was crossing back into the US on the east side of Lake Champlain. We drove through Vermont down Lake Champlain and then crossed back into New York. We had breakfast in St. Albans VT, which was cool because we were at one time thinking of moving to the original St. Albans in the UK. We searched for a quaint little Vermont roadside gift shop and finally found one just before the state line. There were several options to get over to the west side of Lake Champlain, but we chose to go south to the bridge (instead of the ferries). While in New York we drove through some of the mountainous back roads. We saw some great little towns and beautiful lakes along the way. We would ... read more
Vermont
15 minutes on the Erie Canal
New York

North America » Canada » Quebec » MontrĂ©al July 21st 2016

Day 23 - Holden to Montreal Today we completed our East Coast segment of the trip. Traveling through the northern part of Maine was beautiful but a bit barren, with towns few and far between. We made sure to stop for gas anytime we hit less than 1/2 a tank, so we don't repeat our mistake in Wyoming from 4 years ago. The one thing Maine does have is vistas: Beautiful, sweeping valleys, majestic mountains in the distance, quiet river villages. By mid morning we arrived at the beginning of Hwy 1, which reaches from Key West in Florida all the way to Fort Kent in Maine. A total of 2390 miles. We didn't travel the whole way on Hwy 1 but crossed and drove it many times. The locals call the northernmost stretch of Hwy ... read more
Beauty Eh?
The End
A sign!

North America » United States » Maine » Bangor July 20th 2016

Our first stop today was the town of Plymouth. We drove down to the waterfront to see a replica of the Mayflower and the infamous Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower II seemed pretty spacious until to realized that there were over 120 people and all their stuff on board for a 66 day voyage. We talked with a few interpreters who were playing the parts of the crew on the ship and then looked at the different sections of the ship. The First officer seemed to have gone a bit crazy from the sea, and the Captain spoke about death a lot. Next to the ship was a small portico that protected Plymouth Rock. There was a docent there talking about the rock. Apparently it wasn't a big deal until 120 years after the Pilgrims landed when ... read more
All Aboard
IMG_0867
Plymouth Rock


Some early morning calls found a place that would look at the trailer that day (as opposed to waiting weeks), but unfortunately we also discovered the trailer is too tall to put on a flatbed truck. The shop sent out a mobile unit and after taking a tire off the mechanic found that it was not the axle but a fabulously destroyed bearing. It was a quick fix and we were on the road by 1PM. Due to the late start we set our sights on Plymouth and headed east. Jessica wasn't too far from the Rhode Island State line and we passed it with out being prepared to take the picture. We turned around and headed back just to get the shot. While in Rhode Island we stopped in Newport to see the Mansions. We ... read more
Ex Bearings
Rhode Island
Fort Adams Tour

North America » United States » Connecticut » Griswold July 18th 2016

Since we were up so late last night with the play, we decided to sleep in and try to leave after the morning rush. We left at 11am, and it was still crowded but I'm sure it would have been worse. We weren't allowed to take the trailer onto the Manhattan Island so we followed the Hudson River North along the Palisaides Interstate Parkway. We learned exactly why that side of the Hudson was not settled for a long time (super steep) and that if they bother to put a scenic overlook on a busy highway, we should stop because it's a pretty awesome view. We were very high up on an outlook that we hiked to, and could see for miles in each direction on the river, including the bridge that marks the northern end ... read more
Scenic View
Big Boat Hauler
Trailer in NY

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 17th 2016

We started the morning with an early ferry ride over to the Statue of Liberty. Note to self, check the weekend times for commuter ferries. Turns out that the convenient $2 ferry across a small inlet by the marina doesn't start until 9 on Sundays, and we had to Uber over to Liberty State Park. The ferry from the Jersey side was much less crowded than the one coming from Battery Park. We made our way through the "airport style" security, both at the ferry dock and at the statue base, and headed up into the pedestal of the statue. They have the original torch there on display. The torch was modified many times over the years until it was replaced in 1986 and the original still has the final modifications. There is also an exhibit ... read more
Torch
Lonely Room
STAIRS


Day 18 - Virginia Beach to Jersey City It's a long drive from Virginia Beach to Jersey City and we had hoped to start out with some historical sites just north of Atlantic Ave. We found out, however, that they are within the boundaries of a military base, and Tony impressed the guard at the gate with the excellent turning radius of our rig. On our way we went over/through the Cheasepeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. It was considered one of the greatest feats of engineering in the 1970's when it was designed and built. It has 4 man-made island that are connected by 2 tunnels and 3 bridges to span the Cheasepeake Bay. Tony has been excited about this bridge since he first started planning the trip. We stopped at the viewing platform (and restaurant) on the ... read more
Going Dooooown
You Are Here
Second Time Around

North America » United States » Virginia » Williamsburg July 15th 2016

Day 17 - Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg is about an hour from Virginia Beach. After a nice buffet breakfast on Atlantic Ave (we drove this time), we arrived at the settlement early and beat the heat and the predicted afternoon thunderstorms. From the visitor center, you can take shuttles or walk a medium ways to the town. We recommend that you walk, no matter the weather, or you will miss the plantation (our favorite stop) which is a reconstruction of an 18th century Virginia plantation. It is a working farm so the docents and volunteers all work on various tasks to keep the farm running. There was a group making a heartburn remedy out of oyster shells, another group making parts for a new building in town, and a couple of farmers working in the tobacco field. ... read more
HUGS
Making Medicine
Looking for Bugs




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