EPIC US ROAD TRIP 2017DAYS 22-25 - KENTUCKY & THE GREAT LAKES - KENTUCKY, OHIO, MICHIGAN & NEW YORK
Image || Rear view reflections on New York State Route 80 by the edge of Otsego Lake, Upstate New York.
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Epic US Road Trip 2017 – Kentucky & The Great Lakes
We were just passing through. Four days, four States and 1,506 miles of passing through. Having gorged on the history & music of the Eastern Seaboard & The South for three weeks straight, Kentucky & The Great Lakes offered something of a respite. It got chillier day by day and what leaves we saw as we approached a New England fall enticed. Yes there were highlights, a return to rural Kentucky, a quick box-ticking foray into (& out of) Michigan, the shores of Lake Erie, the shrine to America’s beloved National Pastime that is Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum & the lake-heavy forested wilds of Upstate New York’s Adirondacks the notable highs from this portion of the wider road trip. But the feeling that we were only passing through never really abated, not until the job was done and were were perched by the shores of Upstate New York state’s Lake George on the very edge of New England itself. And in getting us there Kentucky & The Great Lakes region, and just like it did last year, did a damn fine job.
Day 22 || October 18 2017
Route || Knoxville, Tennessee to London, Kentucky.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 307 (494)
Today’s Highlight || Rural, small-town USA
We went rural today, road trip day 22. Shunning US Interstates, and in a successful bid to join the cartographical hometown dots of many an old-time country music or bluegrass music heavy hitter, we went deep off the beaten track for a total of 307 green & windy miles through northern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and southern Kentucky. Three states, 300+ miles and many a small-town USA highlight, none of which you’ll find in any guidebook. I guarantee that.
Tennessee To Kentucky Via Virginia
Almost, but we weren’t quite done with musical Tennessee just yet. Suffice it to say, we took an alternate route today in getting from Knoxville (back) to neighboring Kentucky via (southwestern) Virginia. As I said, we were joining the rural dots while crossing quiet state lines. First up today was Maynardville, 25 miles north of Knoxville.
Tennessee (TN) || Founded as Liberty & renamed after ex-congressman Horace Maynard, Maynardville bills itself as ‘The Cradle of Country Music’. And why not. Country singers Carl Smith (1927-2010) and Roy Acuff (1903-1992) were born here. Both are Country Music Hall of Fame inductees (Acuff, ‘The Smoky Mountain Boy’, was inducted in 1962 as the first ever living inductee, & Smith in 2003) & both are commemorated by plaques embedded in the wall of the town’s boxy Union County Court House.
– Hank Williams commenting on Roy Acuff
There’s little else to see in Maynardville (population some 2,500), apart from the aforementioned plaques & the Dr. Carr building, and they won’t detain you very long.
Tennessee (TN) || Fifty miles from Maynardville & just shy of the Virginia state line, rural gets very rural in Sneedville, population 1,300. One of the poorest towns in the US with a population over 1,000 it may be (so says Wikipedia), but at least it can lay claim to being the hometown of Jimmy Martin, the only reason we found ourselves on the streets of the town receiving dubious stares from the locals; Sneedville is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else and non-locals stand out.
A few miles beyond Sneedville and it was finally time to say goodbye to musical Tennessee.
We didn’t spend long in Virginia this time around, spending just enough time as was needed to get reacquainted with the state’s so-called Crooked Road, it’s Heritage Musical Trail that we spent a few days driving last year. Although it was brief, it was good to be back among the musical mountains of the Virginia’s extreme west & southwestern regions. It’s not a particularly large state (the 15th smallest actually) but there’s a very different feel to life over here compared to the historied Eastern Seaboard side of the state.
Virginia (VA) || Very few of the sleepy settlements along Virginia’s musical Crooked Road, if any, can top Coeburn‘s All-Star lineup of past & present bluegrass A-listers. The dual brother duo of Jim & Jesse McReynolds & Ralph & Carter Stanley are already bluegrass royalty, something Ralph Stanley II, the present generation of Clinch Mountain musicians, may attain someday. (Danny O’Quinn jr? A professional stock car racer).
National Scenic Byway #5 – The Country Music Highway
We hit the Country Music Highway last year too in northeastern Kentucky. Today was the return, this time in southwestern Virginia, US 23 accounting for over half the 25-mile drive from Coeburn to the state line with Kentucky. And rather appropriate it was to drive the highway given the day that was in it, and totally coincidental as it tuned out – we didn’t realise on either occasion, this year or last, that we were on the road until we saw the roadside signage, necessitating a stop for the obligatory photo op.
– www.fhwa.dot.gov commenting on the Country Music Highway
dMb US State Digest
State Nickname – The Bluegrass State. State Mottos – United we stand, divided we fall; Deo gratiam habeamus (Let us be grateful to God). Admitted To The Union – June 1792 (15th state). Population – 4.4 million (22nd most populous state). Area – 40,409 sq miles (37th largest state). Capital – Frankfort. National Parks – 1 (Mammoth Cave). National Scenic Byways/All-American Roads – 6/0. Famous For – Horses, horse farms & the Derby; bluegrass (the region, the grass & the music); bourbon; being photogenic; KFC; Abraham Lincoln (born in Hodgenville); Fort Knox; baseball bats; Muhammad Ali (born in Louisville); karst landscapes; caves; quilting patterns. State Highlight – Picture-perfect Bluegrass Country; bluegrass (the music); Mammoth Cave National Park; rural, back country drives. Kentucky Titbits – Kentucky boasts the world’s longest cave system; it also has more navigable miles of water than any other state not called Alaska; the state produces 95% of the world’s supply of bourbon whiskey, and the number of barrels of bourbon being aged in Kentucky (more than 5.7 million) far exceeds the state’s population; the name Kentucky means ‘meadow lands’ in several different Indian languages and was specifically applied to this region of the country, thereafter Europeans adopting the name to apply to the state; Harland Sanders, a Kentucky colonel, launched Kentucky Fried Chicken at his service station in North Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930. Supposedly even back then it was finger-lickin’ good!
Jenkins & Burdine
Kentucky (KY) || It’s only three miles over the state line from Virginia to the neighbouring settlements of Jenkins & Burdine/East Jenkins. Founded on land purchased for a coal mine operation in late 1910, incorporated in 1912 & named after one of the founding coal company directors, present day Jenkins as we found it was just like Coeburn, Sneedville & Maynardville before it – dead but photogenic. We still found enough to keep us busy for a few minutes as we (unsuccessfully) searched out evidence of the town’s most famous former musical resident, master fiddler Kenny Baker.
Kentucky (KY) || A 65-mile drive on rural southeastern Kentucky roads got us from Jenkins to Hyden. With a population of less than 500, Hyden was the last, smallest & sleepiest of all the rural northeastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia & southeastern Kentucky settlements we visited today. There were signs on the outskirts of the town commemorating the Osborne Brothers, Sonny & Bobby, born here in 1937 & 1931 respectively & still going strong on the bluegrass scene today, but nothing in the veritable ghosttown of Hyden itself.
Day 23 || October 19 2017
Route || London, Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 376 (605)
Today’s Highlight || Olive Hill, Kentucky
We continued north today, but stayed rural. Stayed small town America. Today, Day 23, was also the last day of musical homage on this particular road trip, a second successive day of searching out the sleepy hometowns of past musical greats. En route we crossed a state line, bidding adieu to the photogenic quilting patterns of rural back road Kentucky while being welcomed back to Ohio. Things are a tad busier here on the outskirts of Dayton. More drab. I miss quiet & colourful Kentucky already, just like I did having left it for Indiana last year.
Kentucky (KY) || We passed through Sandy Hook on Day 30 of last year’s Epic US Road Trip so nothing of it today was a surprise. It was all very familiar, and all very familiarly quiet. The bronze statue of the town’s favourite son, hugely influential country music singer Keith Whitley (died of alcohol poisoning in 1989 aged 34), is still strumming its guitar in the town cemetery; the old timers are still frequenting the Frosty Freeze Restaurant to catch up with the local gossip over some simple, hearty fare; and the tumbledown barns in the surrounding rolling countryside are still as photogenic this year as they were last.
Kentucky (KY) || Portions of the town of Olive Hill, a 20-mile drive north of Sandy Hook, were as quiet as we’d come to expect from rural Kentucky, but the town is both big enough (population over 1,500) to boast some activity and its residents curious enough to approach us wondering what on earth we obvious out-of-towners were doing poking around somewhere like Olive Hill. “Blame Tom T,” we said. Who else?
A once-busy railroad town incorporated in 1884, Olive Hill’s claim to fame is as the birthplace of country singer & songwriter Tom T. Hall (1936-present). The Storyteller, as he is known, ‘used his God-given talents to become famed as one of America’s balladeers, telling in music form the story of the common folk and the daily happenings which color their lives,’ so says a plinth dedicated to the town’s most famous son, a plinth situated adjacent to Olive Hill’s long, fetching Historical Mural.
We drove from Ohio to Kentucky last year, from Kentucky to Ohio this year, crossing the Ohio River both times.
dMb US State Digest
State Nicknames – The Buckeye State; Birthplace of Aviation; The Heart of It All. State Motto – With god, all things are possible. Admitted To The Union – March 1 1803 (17th state). Population – 11.6 million Ohioans (7th most populous state). Area – 44,825 sq miles (34th largest state). Capital – Columbus. National Parks – 1 (Cuyahoga Valley). National Scenic Byways/All-American Roads – 4/1. Famous For – The Wright Brothers; being a perennial swing state in presidential elections; Amish communities; cows; roller-coasters – the world’s greatest concentration of them can be found at Ohio’s Cedar Point Amusement Park. State Highlight – Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ohio Titbits – Although nearly all of the waterway belongs to neighbouring Kentucky & West Virginia, Ohio is named after the region’s Ohio River which defines the state’s southern border with Kentucky; eight US presidents have had Ohio as their home state, the most of any US state; the state had the country’s very first fully professional baseball team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, now the Cincinnati Reds.
Ohio (OH) || It’s a 2-hour drive north from Olive Hill, and a 60-mile, 1-hour drive south from Dayton, our overnight location for this day, to Greenfield. Named after its rural appearance and technically a village according to Ohio state law (even though it has a population of just under 5,000), it’s a tow… sorry, village that wouldn’t have seen us at all if not for its musical connection to one of the country music’s most underappreciated proponents.
Day 24 || October 20 2017
Route || Dayton, Ohio to Erie, Pennsylvania.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 393 (632)
Today’s Highlight || The shores of Lake Erie
A busy day on the road today as we edged that bit closer to New England. We started the day splitting time between a Dayton Cracker Barrel & laundromat (road-trippers need to eat & be clean); we saw water again for the first time since Day 17‘s Lake Pontchartrain, 1,000 miles to the south on the Gulf of Mexico, skirting the shores of Lake Erie today taking us both past some impressive lakeside mansions and through the city of Cleveland; we crossed Midwestern state lines by venturing out of Ohio & into (Pure) Michigan (road-trippers need to tick state boxes), out of Michigan and back into Ohio, out of Ohio and back into Pennsylvania, sampling, in the process, two very different versions of Erie – one in Michigan, one in Pennsylvania – and paying a few tolls, a necessity round these busy parts. The 1-day-removed sincerity of back road Kentucky seems a million miles away at this stage.
We’re ultimately heading east, but decided on a slight out-of-the-way foray across the state line with neighboring Michigan, at its closest some 160 miles due north of Dayton.
dMb US State Digest
State Nicknames – The Great Lake(s) State; The Wolverine State; The Mitten State; Water (Winter) Wonderland. State Motto – Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you). Admitted To The Union – January 26, 1837 (26th state). Population – 10 million Michiganians (10th most populous state). Area – 96,700 sq miles (11th largest state & the largest east of the Mississippi). Capital – Lansing. National Parks – 1 (Isle Royale). National Scenic Byways/All-American Roads – 2/1. Famous For – Making cars; Motown/soul music; breakfast cereal (Kellogg’s is headquartered in Battle Creek Michigan, the so-called Cereal Capital of the World); forests; beaches; being split in two (the mitten-shaped Lower & Upper Peninsulas) & surrounded by water, even though it’s an inland state; unemployment, abandonment & boarded-up buildings – Detroit, a.k.a. Motor City, is ‘restructuring’ after decades of decline and the capitulation of its once-lauded motor industry. State Highlights – Gritty Detroit, Mackinac Island & the rugged & isolated Upper Peninsula. Michigan Titbits – Michigan is surrounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron & Erie) which gives rise to a lot of water-related boasts: it has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world (& among US states, only Alaska has more shoreline, freshwater or otherwise), more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,000 miles of streams, over 100 lighthouses and navigational lights, no part of the state is more than six miles (10 kilometres) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 kilometres) from a Great Lakes shoreline, & the state ranks first in US in the number of boat registrations; one of America’s marquee car brands, Cadillac, is named after the founder of Detroit, French explorer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac; Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line manufacturing technique for automobile production in Detroit in the 1920s churning out the Model T, the world’s very first mass-produced, affordable car (today Ford, GM, Michigan’s largest company, & Chrysler are still headquartered within the Detroit metropolitan area); half of the state is forested land, mostly the remote hardwood forests of the Upper Peninsula; although nicknamed the Wolverine State, there are no longer any wolverines, a stocky shaggy-coated carnivorous mammal, to be found anywhere in Michigan; it was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education & the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries; opened in 1930, the mile-long Detroit-Windsor Tunnel under the Detroit River, today the second busiest crossing between the US & Canada, was the world’s first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations.
Crossing into Michigan was a box-ticking exercise if ever there was one – we drove in one way, north on Interstate 75, the Detroit-Toledo Expressway, and out another, south via a combination of US Route 24 & E. Sterns Road. We didn’t expect to see anything of note en route but as it turned out a quick foray into southern Michigan did throw up a roadside highlight. Cue the Trabbic Pumpkin Farm.
Back in Ohio and it was time to head east via the Ohio Turnpike.
Ohio (OH) || Founded by European Americans in 1796 and home to the pyramid-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we only passed through Cleveland and thus didn’t see much of note, but I was still struck by how small Ohio’s second-largest city (after the state capital of Columbus) is – we drove from one side of the major Great Lakes port city, one with a population of just under 400,000, to the other in a few minutes, although, and as seen below, entering the city at the end of the day as opposed to exiting it meant we avoided the worst of the traffic.
Day 25 || October 21, 2017
Route || Erie, Pennsylvania to Lake George, Upstate New York.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 430 (692)
Today’s Highlight || The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown
Second only to 480-mile Day 17, today, 430-mile Day 25, was the last day we’d spend getting to New England. We’re (almost) here now, perched as we are on its edge ready for our week-plus-long leaf-peeping assault on an autumnal US northeast, the central purpose of the wider road trip. But that’s for tomorrow (& beyond). Today was all about New York State. We crossed it – all of it, west to east – in getting here to Lake George with a stop off en route at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in quaint Cooperstown. That was about the only thing we saw on Epic US Road Trip Day 25 besides long stretches of tolled Upstate New York Thruway.
Erie, Pennsylvania, our overnight location for Day 24, is only 20+ miles shy of the New York State line.
dMb US State Digest
AN ORIGINAL THIRTEEN || One of the original Thirteen Colonies. Province of New York established in 1664. Crown colony from 1686.
State Nicknames – The Empire State; Excelsior State; Knickerbocker State. State Motto – Excelsior (Ever upward). Admitted To The Union – July 26, 1788 (11th state). Population – 20 million New Yorkers (4th most populous state). Area – 54,500 sq miles (27th largest state). Capital – Albany. National Parks – 0. National Scenic Byways/All-American Roads – 2/1. Famous For – Niagara Falls; the Statue of Liberty; Contrasts (largely rural Upstate vs. industrial, urban Downstate); cookie-cuter suburbs (the practice of mass-producing homes was first perfected on Long Island); modern-day baseball (first took hold in & around New York City with the formation of the Knickerbockers social club in 1845); 9/11. State Highlights – Indefatigable & kaleidoscopic New York City (NYC), the most populous city in the US, a global city, the oft-described cultural, financial & media capital of the world and the greatest city on earth; the flash Hamptons; rural upstate drives. New York Titbits – New York State and City, which makes up over 40% of the state’s population, were both named for the 17th century Duke of York, the future King James II of England; the state boasts four of the world’s most-visited tourist attractions, three of them in NYC – Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls and Grand Central Terminal; if New York State were an independent nation, it would rank as the 12th or 13th largest economy in the world, depending upon international currency fluctuations; NYC’s New York Post was established in 1803 making it the oldest running newspaper in the US; Oneida’s 51″ x 81″ (28.68 square feet) Cross Island Chapel, with room for 2 people, is the world’s smallest church; the first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady; southeastern New York State’s Catskills Mountains are the home of the legend of Rip Van Winkle, brown trout and fly fishing; NYC was the first capital of the US. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall; the country’s first pizzeria was opened in NYC in 1895; Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857; the first cattle ranch in the US, in Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island, dates to 1747; the state’s Adirondack Park, established in 1885 as the first state preserve of its type in the US, is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic National Parks combined; also, formed in 1885, Niagara Falls State Park, home of Niagara Falls, is the oldest state park in the US; New York state’s Genesee River, the only river that completely crosses the state, is one of the few rivers on earth that flows south to north.
Within minutes of crossing the state line into Upstate New York and we were encountering a toll booth. We quickly got used to them on this day.
New York (NY) || Sleepy Cooperstown, a charming little village perched at the southern tip of New York State’s narrow Ostego Lake and with a population of less than 2,000, must either thank its lucky stars for the attention bestowed upon it by the presence of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Either that or it bemoans the tourist influx.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – Every Fan’s “Field of Dreams”
Five hours it took us to cover the 320 miles separating Erie, Pennsylvania from Cooperstown, New York, the reward at the end of it a kid-in-the-candy-store experience at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Batter up!
With all due respect to the other 14 Halls of Fame in New York State, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is where it’s at. In its noble bid of ‘Preserving history’, ‘honoring excellence’ and ‘connecting generations’, the Cooperstown experience is everything I expected and wanted it to be – a wide-eyed educational immersion of all things baseball, from its very beginnings through to the present day and with an obvious emphasis on its elite protagonists. We spent an enthralling few hours in here. I could have spent a whole lot more but closing time had other ideas.
– Excerpt from the official National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pamphlet
As a baseball fan, I’ve long since wondered why the national shrine to the National Pastime is in a small Upstate New York village. The museum had, emm, this base covered, as one would expect it to. Seemingly, and in a desire to solidify the National Pastime’s American roots, sporting good magnate Albert Spalding handpicked a commission in the early 1900s that ruled an Abner Doubleday, a Civil War hero, created the game of baseball in Cooperstown in 1839. Most historians balked at that – baseball, evolving from similar bat and ball games, had been played for decades previous – but Cooperstown, which capitalised on the commission’s findings to build a baseball museum in the game’s alleged birthplace, remains to this day the spiritual home of the game.
– Text reproduced from a display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Day 26 || October 22, 2017
Route || Lake George, Upstate New York to Montpelier, Vermont.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 143 (230)
Today’s Adirondacks Highlight || Lake Shore Drive, Upstate New York
Pulling out late yesterday evening from Cooperstown, 105 rural miles (170 kilometres) to the south, ensured we arrived by the shores of Lake George under the cover of darkness. I expected it to be busier, even on a late October weekend. But we didn’t see a whole lot of people, found it hard to find a bed, a TV on which to watch the Yankees exit the Postseason to the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS (we’re in New York, right?), food & a beer after 10 p.m. on a Saturday night. Lake George revealed itself & was a whole lot more inviting today, Day 26, the day we finally made it to New England proper by leaving the State of New York for neighbouring Vermont, and we made sure to sample some of wild charms of New York’s Adirondacks en route. It – the Adirondacks – is not quite New England yet but it’s damn close and if New England proper is anywhere near as pretty as this then we’re in for quite a visual treat over the coming days. I just hope New England itself isn’t this quiet.
New York’s Adirondacks mountain range, a largely circular massif about 160 miles (260 kilometres) across, lends its name to this extreme north-eastern corner of the Empire State. Snuggling all neighbourly love-like up to the border with Canada, this is cabin country, an outdoor lovers paradise, a mostly untouched region of 40-plus peaks, forests, parks, trails, rivers and lakes. It’s wilderness (glancing at any map of the region will reveal a lot of officially-titled ‘Wilderness’ areas) with a smattering of quaint & sleepy towns whose residents happily live the quiet life 24/7 or whose vacationers while away their limited downtime sampling it.
New York (NY) || Perched on the southern shores of Lake George, the Village of Lake George is the southern gateway to the Adirondacks. Belying its majestic & heavily forested surrounds, the village is something of a kitsch fest; it’s overrun with motels, arcades, tacky souvenirs shops and, in season, people (they know the value of the tourist dollar here and no mistake).
Lake Shore Drive – Lake George +81
Of course we could have driven in (the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point the obvious choice), but, and this being a road trip aside, we preferred to sail. Available New York State ferry crossings west into New England’s Vermont (some ferries only operate to seasonal schedules) dictated how far we’d venture north of Lake George via the region’s snaking Lake Shore Drive. As it turns out that was a distance of 81 miles (130 kilometres), from Lake George to Essex, a tiny settlement only 55 miles (88 kilometres) short of the Canadian border. The mostly lake-hugging drive via the western shore of first Lake George, so-called Millionaire’s Row for its abundance of lavish lake-fronting inns & mansions, and then Lake Champlain took us (slowly) through some pretty but sleepy settlements, not to mention some nice lakeside scenery.
NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN COLONIES || Connecticut
DAY 01 110 miles || T.F Green Airport, Rhode Island, to New Haven, Connecticut
MIDDLE COLONIES || Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C.
DAY 02 312 miles || New Haven to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
DAY 03 098 miles || Gettysburg to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
DAY 04 149 miles || Lancaster to Atlantic City, New Jersey (via Amish Country & Philadelphia)
DAY 05 201 miles || Atlantic City to Washington D.C. (via Lewes, Delaware & Annapolis, Maryland)
SOUTHERN COLONIES || Virginia, The Carolinas (North Carolina & South Carolina) & Georgia
DAY 06 206 miles || Washington D.C. to Richmond, Virginia (via Monticello, Virginia)
DAY 07 240 miles || Richmond to Manteo, North Carolina (via Williamsburg & Jamestown, Virginia)
DAY 08 003 miles || Outer Banks – Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 09 003 miles || Outer Banks – Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 10 038 miles || Outer Banks – Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 11 032 miles || Outer Banks – Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 12 274 miles || Manteo to Wilmington, North Carolina
DAY 13 192 miles || Wilmington to Charleston, South Carolina (via Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
DAY 14 285 miles || Charleston to Macclenny, Florida (via Savannah, Georgia)
THE SOUTH || Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee
DAY 15 397 miles || Macclenny to Mobile, Alabama (via Tallahassee, Florida)
DAY 16 167 miles || Mobile to New Orleans, Louisiana (via southern Mississippi)
DAY 17 480 miles || New Orleans to Fort Payne, Alabama (via Meridian, Mississippi)
DAY 18 142 miles || Fort Payne to Sparta, Tennessee
DAY 19 121 miles || Sparta to Nashville, Tennessee
DAY 20 070 miles || Nashville
DAY 21 198 miles || Nashville to Knoxville, Tennessee
KENTUCKY & THE GREAT LAKES || Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan & New York
DAY 22 307 miles || Knoxville to London, Kentucky (via Maynardville & Sneedville, Tennessee; Coeburn, Virginia; Jenkins & Hyden, Kentucky)
DAY 23 376 miles || London to Dayton, Ohio (via Sandy Hook & Olive Hill, Kentucky & Greenfield, Ohio)
DAY 24 393 miles || Dayton to Erie, Pennsylvania (via Michigan & Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio)
DAY 25 430 miles || Erie to Lake George, New York (via Cooperstown, New York)
NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN COLONIES & CANADA || Vermont, New Hampshire, Quebec & New Brunswick (Canada), Maine, Massachusetts & Rhode Island
DAY 26 143 miles || Lake George to Montpelier, Vermont (via Ticonderoga, Crown Point & Westport, New York & Burlington, Vermont)
DAY 27 213 miles || Montpelier to Franconia, New Hampshire (via Barre & Chelsea, Vermont & Lincoln, New Hampshire)
DAY 28 253 miles || Franconia to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
DAY 29 326 miles || Quebec City to Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada
DAY 30 330 miles || Woodstock to Bar Harbor, Maine
DAY 31 244 miles || Bar Harbor to Portland, Maine
DAY 32 280 miles || Portland to Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
DAY 33 123 miles || Hyannis to T.F Green Airport, Rhode Island (via Providence, Rhode Island)