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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
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
Lonely Room

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
Making Medicine
Looking for Bugs

North America » United States » Virginia July 14th 2016

Day 16 - Virginia Beach We took advantage of staying in one place and slept in a bit. We caught the first shuttle from the campground to the beach and spent a few hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean. The sand was scorching but the water was cool enough to feel good. The slope was gradual enough and the waves mild enough that you could walk out pretty far. Michelle and Tony enjoyed body surfing on the waves while Anne mostly avoided them (the waves). Once we were waterlogged we had lunch at a restaurant on the boardwalk and then headed back to the campground. Atlantic Ave (the street which the Monopoly property is named after) is a long road with dozens of resort hotels (and some very cheap ones), a hundred little shops, many restaurants, ... read more
No Q-bert speak allowed.
Not Quite Bathwater
Beachside Dining

Day 15 - Charlotte to Virginia Beach After saying goodbye to the Zoutewelles until our next cruise together, we headed east to the North Carolina Coast. We were headed to The outer banks and Kitty Hawk and then eventually to our stop at the Virginia Beach KOA. On our way we passed a sign for the town of Wilson, NC. we decided to detour and find some lunch there. We stumbled across Parker's Restaurant. A BBQ place with a very simple menu. Judging by the number of cars in the parking lot and the age of most of the patrons it's been very good for a very long time. We decided to go for the family style BBQ and fried chicken meal. There was fried chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, some kind of tomato-bean thing, boiled potatoes ... read more
Parker's Bar B-Q
Family Style
Roanole Island

Day 14 - Charlotte Today we were given a personal tour of some of the sights in Charlotte and headed out to the Reed Gold Mine. The Reed Gold Mine was the sight of the first documented gold discovery in the US. Since the land around the find was all privately owned there was no gold rush like in California. There was a documentary film (very 1970s), a museum, a self-guided tour of the first level of the mine and surface equipment, and a chance to pan for gold. There were a few really cool pieces of equipment still working and the temperature of the mine felt lovely on a hot day. We had fun panning but, alas, no one found any gold. After the mine we ate lunch and then took a driving tour of ... read more
Cool Old Engine
Inside the Mine
Nice and cool

Day 13 - Savannah to Charlotte This morning we packed most of the trailer up but left it at the campsite while we drove into Savannah for breakfast. We parked near the old town river walk and spent some time looking at the archetecture before going to Huey's on the River. Huey's is a creole restaurant and makes some fabulous beignets. Michelle didn't like the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict but discovered she really likes cheese grits. After breakfast we spent some more time exploring the river edge. We discovered some old vaults built into the retaining wall on the bluff. Instead of being paid, the archetect who designed the retaining wallwas given the rights to collect rents in these spaces for 20 years. We headed back to the KOA to hook up the trailer ... read more
Cheese Grits!
Best Beignets East of New Orleans
Just the right mix of cool and damp

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