Epic US Road Trip 2017 Introduction
With almost 10 million km² of terra firma crisscrossed by some 6.5 million kilometres of road, the world’s longest & biggest road network, the US probably warrants more than one epic once-in-a-lifetime road trip experience. So, and a year-plus after our 9,500+ mile US Road Trip 2016, we hit the US road once again. Welcome to Epic US Road Trip part II, the 2017 edition, 33 days of US road-trippin’ centered on the original Thirteen Colonies (Northern, Middle & Southern Colonies). This one was all about history; music; (more of) the Deep South; rural drives and leaf peeping the vibrant hues of a New England fall/autumn. Oh, and we also found time to venture north of the border into Canada. Yes, it was epic. All over again.
– Lonely Planet USA, 6th edition
Epic US Road Trip 2017 In Numbers
National Parks Visited
National Scenic Byways Driven
All-American Roads Driven
Epic US Road Trip 2017 Picture of The Day Highlights Gallery
Epic US Road Trip 2017 Day-by-Day Overview
NORTHERN COLONIES / NEW ENGLAND || 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, 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 || Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 09 003 miles || Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 10 038 miles || Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 11 032 miles || Manteo, North Carolina
DAY 12 274 miles || Manteo to Wilmington, North Carolina
DAY 13 192 miles || Wilimgton 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)
NORTHERN COLONIES / NEW ENGLAND & 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)
In The Rearview Mirror
|| NEW ENGLAND || Rhode Island (RI): Warwick (T. F. Green Airport). Connecticut (CT): New Haven, Merritt Parkway. || MIDDLE COLONIES || Pennsylvania (PA): Gettysburg, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway, Lancaster, Amish Country (Bird In Hand & Intercourse), Philadelphia. New Jersey (NJ): Atlantic City, Jersey Shore & Cape May (Cape May-Lewes Ferry). Delaware (DE): Lewes. || SOUTHERN COLONIES || Maryland (MD): Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, Annapolis. Washington D.C. Virginia (VA): George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, Monticello, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway, Richmond, The Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg, Jamestown. North Carolina (NC): Outer Banks Scenic Byway, Roanoke Island (Manteo), Wilmington. South Carolina: Myrtle Beach, Charleston.|| THE SOUTH || Georgia (GA): Savannah. Florida (FL): Jacksonville, Macclenny, Tallahassee. Alabama (AL): Mobile. Louisiana (LA): New Orleans. Mississippi (MS): Meridian. Alabama (AL): Fort Payne. Tennessee (TN): Sparta, Nashville, Knoxville, Maynardville, Sneedville. || SOUTHERN COLONIES || Virginia (VA): Coeburn. || KENTUCKY & THE GREAT LAKES || Kentucky (KY): Jenkins, Burdine, Hyden, London, Sandy Hook, Olive Hill. Ohio (OH): Greenfield, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland. Michigan (MI) Pennsylvania (PA): Erie. New York (NY): Cooperstown, Lake George, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Essex. || NEW ENGLAND || Vermont (VT): Burlington, Montpelier, Barre, Chelsea. New Hampshire (NH): Connecticut River Byway, Lincoln, Kancamagus Scenic Byway, White Mountain Trail, Franconia, Littleton. || CANADA || Quebec: Quebec City, Trans-Canada Highway. New Brunswick: Woodstock, Heartland, Saint Stephen. || NEW ENGLAND || Maine (ME): Eastport, Lubec, Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Acadia All-American Road, Portland. Massachusetts (MA): Cape Cod (Provincetown & Hyannis). Rhode Island (RI): Providence.
National Parks || National Scenic Byways || All-American Roads
Epic US Road Trip 2017 Archived Entries
Day 1 || September 27 2017
Route || T. F. Green Airport, Warwick, Rhode Island to New Haven, Connecticut.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 110 (177)
Posted From || New Haven, Connecticut
Today’s Highlight || Hitting the road
Making waves right now in the transatlantic sky, it was Norwegian who were tasked with the responsibility of getting us across the Atlantic to the road trip starting line. And they did a rather good job of it too. I’m well impressed.
– Travel industry expert Henry H Harteveldt commenting on use of the 737 MAX 8 by Norwegian as part of its aggressive expansion of long-haul offerings using smaller single-aisle aircraft.
Day 2 || September 28 2017
Route || New Haven, Connecticut to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 312 (502)
Posted From || Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Today’s Highlight || Yale University, New Haven
Day 2. The first full day. We took a look around New Haven this morning, a glorious but windy morning in America’s oldest planned city (it was laid out in orderly blocks way back in 1638). The city is home to the Ivy League Yale University, the reason we chose to overnight here last night on our first night of the wider road trip. Little did we know then that Yale is pretty much the only show in town; it’s New Haven’s largest employer, taxpayer and catalyst for economic development and while touring the Gothic-heavy campus one can’t but help get the feeling, and even accounting for New Haven’s formation over 6 decades before Yale’s, that if not for the university then there would be little reason for the city of New Haven to exist at all.
– A ‘Welcome to Yale’ posting in the Visitor Center of Yale University, New Haven.
A few more pics from today exploring the campus of Yale.IVY LEAGUE – With connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism, the Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from 8 private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States – Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) , Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey), Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire), Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) & Columbia University (New York City, New York).
– CTVisit.com commenting on the New Haven region
In getting from New Haven to the state of New York (before continuing on through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania), we drove the Merritt Parkway, the first National Scenic Byway of the wider road tip. It won’t be the last.
National Scenic Byway #1 – Merritt Parkway
Set in natural surroundings, Merritt Parkway’s significant design brilliantly integrates the craft of the engineer and the artist. The bridges along the route are excellent examples of Art Deco, or Art Moderne, styles of the 1920s and 1930s. Magnificent foliage abounds in both spring and fall.
NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAYS & ALL-AMERICAN ROADS
While each state can and does designate its own Scenic Byways, a National Scenic Byway is a road recognized by the US Department of Transportation for one or more of six ‘intrinsic qualities’, they being archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The program was established by Congress in 1991 to preserve and protect the nation’s scenic but often less-travelled roads and to promote tourism and economic development. The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The most scenic byways are designated All-American Roads. These roads must meet two out of the six intrinsic qualities. An All-American designation means these roads have features that do not exist elsewhere in the US and are unique and important enough to be tourist destinations unto themselves.
As of November 2010 there are 120 National Scenic Byways and 31 All-American Roads located in 46 states (all except Hawaii, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Texas).
Day 3 || September 29 2017
Route || Gettysburg to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 98 (158)
Posted From || Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Today’s Highlight || Gettysburg National Military Park
Day 3. It’s about time we really got down and dirty with some history. And from here on out, as we head down the eastern seaboard through the so-called Middle & Southern Colonies, there’ll be little letup in it. First up, Pennsylvania where, and as some would have you believe, there’s so much, maybe too much, to see and do.
– A bold claim by VisitPA.com
Pennsylvania – Gettysburg, Amish Country & Philadepphia
The Province of Pennsylvania was founded as a proprietary colony in 1681 by Quaker William Penn. The name Pennsylvania, roughly translating as “Penn’s Woods” and created by combining the Penn surname (in honor of William’s father, Admiral Sir William Penn) with the Latin word sylvania, meaning ‘forest land’. Once the richest and most populous British colony in North America and one of its most industrial, this state is all about history & Amish Country, or at least that’s what it was always going to be about to us US road trippers.
Philadelphia, a.k.a. Philly, once the second-largest city in the British Empire (after London), was also a centre for opposition to British colonial policy. The new nation’s capital at the start of the Revolutionary War, and pretty much right up until Washington D.C. took over the mantle in 1790, this is where the US Constitution was drafted and first read. And when rid of the Brits, the Americans found the need to fight among themselves; one of the most decisive, bloody and pivotal battles of the 1861-1865 American Civil War was fought at Gettysburg. Oh, and in between is the aforementioned Amish Country.
A town of less than 8,000 it may be, but Gettysburg is a history heavy-hitter playing host as it did to two defining periods in American history – the bloody Battle of Gettysburg (1863), the biggest and bloodiest battle to ever be fought on American soil, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Battle of Gettysburg & The Gettysburg National Military Park
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863 by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war’s turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, halting Lee’s invasion of the North. The Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the landscape of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Military Park properties include most of the Gettysburg Battlefield, many of the battle’s support areas during the battle (e.g., reserve, supply, & hospital locations), and several other non-battle areas associated with the battle’s “aftermath and commemoration”, including the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Many of the park’s 43,000 American Civil War artifacts are displayed in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. The park has more wooded land than in 1863, and the National Park Service has an ongoing program to restore portions of the battlefield to their historical non-wooded conditions, as well as to replant historic orchards and woodlots that are now missing. In addition, the National Park Service is restoring native plants to meadows and edges of roads, to encourage habitat as well as provide for historic landscape. There are also considerably more roads and facilities for the benefit of tourists visiting the battlefield park.
More pics from a self-drive tour of the military park.Eisenhower National Historic Site
Day 4 || September 30 2017
Route || Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 149 (240)
Posted From || Atlantic City, New Jersey
Today’s Highlight || Amish Country
Day 4. Pennsylvanian Amish Country in the morning, Philadelphia, the historic City of Brotherly Love, in the afternoon and Atlantic City, the east coast’s very own Vegas, in the evening. Three very different locals on a busy day.
The Amish & Amish Country
The colony of Pennsylvania, established in 1681, was one that respected religious freedom, thus attracting minority religious sects, including the Mennonite and Amish communities, Christian church fellowships with Swiss Anabaptist origins – the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland in 1693. Led by Jakob Ammann, the followers became known as Amish. Know today by some as the ‘Plain People’, the sect settled in tolerant Pennsylvania in the early 1700s fleeing persecution in Switzerland, something I’d imagine would be would be unheard of in the Swiss society of today. Speaking a German dialect, known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch, they are known for having large families (6-7 children the norm, a blessing from god); for marrying within the faith, a requirement if baptised (baptism usually taking place in their late teens or early twenties with almost 90% Amish teenagers choosing to be baptised and to join the church); for their plain dress; for valuing humility & having an aversion to asserting oneself or self-promotion (not selfie takers, individual photographs might cultivate personal vanity); and for living a simple, rural and Bible-centered life, the rules of which – collectively termed the Ordnung, meaning order in German – see them shunning, or severely limiting, their use of power-line electricity (to do so would be going against the Bible which says that you shall not be “Conformed to the world”), motor cars, telephones and motorised tools, manual labour being just one why of living what they interpret to be God’s word while making one less dependent on community.
While they keep themselves to themselves, invariably pressures from the modern world have seen a dilution of strict traditional Amish values and customs in some regions of the US & Canada. Diluted or not, their way of life is a big tourist draw around these parts, a simple and curious existence that draws the hordes from far and wide. There are Amish communities in some 8 US states, the largest concentration found here in Pennsylvania – some 75,000 of the nearly 300,000 North American Amish population live in the state with the Amish communities in an around Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County something of an Amish hotbed. Welcome to Amishville.
More pics from today in Amish Country.Philadelphia
Philadelphia & The Birth of The United States
Populated for at least 15 millennia, Europeans first arrived in the 1500s with the country as we know today emerging from the so-called 13 British colonies of the North America East Coast, established by English settlers between 1607 (the Colony and Dominion of Virginia, the first) – & 1732 (the Province of Georgia, the 13th). Grievances with the British government and numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the 1756-1763 Seven Years’ War led to the 1775-1783 American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, and during the course of the Revolutionary War, the 13 colonies declared their independence by ratifying the US Declaration of Independence, composed largely by Thomas Jefferson and unanimously passed two days’ previous on July 2nd.
– Thomas Jefferson in a letter to his wife
We the People
The new United States of America would go on to ratify, in 1781, the Articles of Confederation, effectively the first US Constitution (a guiding principle of the Articles was to preserve the independence and sovereignty of the states, a principle adhered to with the future expansion of the union to its present 50 states). The war ended in 1783, Great Britain formally recognising the independence of the United States, via the Treaty of Paris, resulting from the very first successful war of independence against a mighty European power. With the Articles of Confederation adjudged to provide inadequate federal powers, the current United States Constitution, which famously starts with the words ‘We the People’, was adopted in 1788, the first permanent constitution of its kind. Its first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and were designed to guarantee many fundamental and now famous civil liberties including the right to bear arms (the Second Amendment) & the right to decline to give self-incriminating information, a.k.a. pleading the fifth (the Fifth Amendment).
A nationally renowned resort city for gambling, shopping and fine dining, Atlantic City also served as the inspiration for the board game Monopoly. Considered the “Gambling Capital of the East Coast” and is second to Las Vegas in number of casinos, yearly gaming revenue, and number of rooms, the city skyline has been transformed by construction of new casino hotels and condominia. Atlantic City is also home to numerous shopping malls and districts.
Day 15 || October 11 2017
Route || Maccleeny, Florida to Mobile, Alabama.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 397 (639)
Posted From || Mobile, Alabama
Today’s Highlight || The Florida/Alabama state line
T’was the busiest day of the lot on the road today. We returned to Alabama – we’re in Mobile, as deep in the Deep South as we’ve been, and we got here from Macclenny via a stop in the Florida capital of Tallahassee.
There wasn’t/isn’t a whole lot to see in Tallahassee, a planned city full of suits, bureaucracy and heat. The city’s geographical location meant today it was a convenient break in the 395-mile drive west from Macclenny.
I saw this quote in the lobby of the Florida State Capitol today and thought it apt.
– Ernest Hemingway
We’re now in Mobile. I’ve always wanted to come here, for no other reason other than one of my very favourite YouTube videos emanates from here. Leprechauns in the Deep South? Generally no, but tonight yes.
New Orleans is a 2-hour drive from here. The city is the only reason we’re this far south – this wasn’t on the original itinerary. That said, we’ll be there tomorrow. We’re super pumped for that.
Day 16 || October 12 2017
Route || Mobile to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 167 (269)
Posted From || New Orleans, Louisiana
Today’s Highlight || The French Quarter, New Orleans
New Orleans. The largest city in Louisiana located the mouth of the mighty Mississippi river, the home of jazz & Mardi Gras. The city’s historic French Quarter, where we hung out, is a nice place to wander, awash as it is with charm, churches and foliage-draped & colourful wooden architecture – beautifully preserved wrought iron facades abound.
But it’s also rather grungy and is overflowing with weirdos and destitute types, a mix of non-conformists and folk obviously down on their luck.
This is a city where seemingly anything goes, party central with the party firmly centred on the French Quarter’s infamous Bourbon Street, a neon-lit party zone that actively embraces getting shitfaced 24/7. Revelers, meandering from here to there with a beer or colourful cocktail in hand, come here to have a good time, and it seems a lot of them do just that.
A few more from rambles up and down Bourbon Street, an unavoidable consequence of a visit to New Orleans.
We came here because, and when three hours north of the city on last year’s, 2016 epic US road trip, we said we would swing by ‘some day’. That some day just happened to be today, epic US road trip (2017) day 16.
I’ve a ton of picture from our time in the city today; the French Quarter, and once you avoid Bourbon Street, is rather photogenic. Way more to come from here but for now here’s a sampling, a few more captures from today in New Orleans.
Day 17 || October 13 2017
Route || New Orleans, Louisania to Fort Payne, Alabama.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 480 (753)
Posted From || Fort Payne, Alabama
Today’s Highlight || The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
T’was the busiest day of the lot so far on the road today. Four hundred eighty miles of US Interstate we covered today, Day 17, just over the halfway point of the wider road trip. Needless to say, it was a day of covering ground, but there were a few interesting stops en route. There always are.
We stopped off in Meridian, Mississippi, 200 miles north of New Orleans. Why? It’s the birthplace of one Jimmie Rodgers. Who? Jimmie Rodgers, a.k.a ‘The Man Who Started It All’, all being country music.
We’re in a place called Fort Payne, northern Alabama (we crossed from Louisiana through Mississippi and into Alabama today, crossing the Deep South as we headed north). It’s cooler here, a good few degrees cooler than the southern Gulf Coast. Dad likes that (he didn’t like the hot & steamy South). We’re 130 miles shy of Sparta, Tennessee location for the one-day bluegrass festival we’ll enjoy on Day 18. Yep, more bluegrass, one-day, bitesised bluegrass, and the reason for the epic dash north.
Day 22 || October 18 2017
Route || Knoxville, Tennessee to London, Kentucky.
Miles (Kilometres) Driven || 307 (494)
Posted From || London, Kentucky
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 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 – Maynardville & Sneedville
Maynardville, a.k.a. The Cradle of County Music – Hometown to Roy Acuff.
Sneedville – Hometown to Jimmy Martin, a.k.a. the King of Bluegrass.
Virginia – Coeburn – Hometown to Jim & Jesse McReynolds.
Kentucky – Jenkins & Hyden
Jenkins – Hometown to Kenny Baker, master fiddler.
Hyden – Hometown to The Osborne Brothers
After 5,229 miles and 25 days, we’re almost done. For the most part, we’re done with history; we’re done with music; we’re done with daily hours of Interstate driving; and we’re certainly done with the warmer temperatures of the south (I’ve long since dispensed with the flip-flops but an innate pig-headed stubbornness to persist with shorts will, I fear, last only another day or two at most). Today is day 26 (of 33). We’ve a week-plus left and we find ourselves perched on the edge of a lake, Lake George, in upstate New York, itself on the very edge of New England. New England. The geographical region of North America this trip was initially centred on. New England. In the fall/autumn. We saw the leaves first fall on day 18 and have been treated to some nice fall foliage in parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York almost every day since (this picture was captured from the side of Interstate 86 in Upstate New York yesterday, day 25). But this, New England in the fall, is as brilliant as autumn foliage gets, an unrivalled natural display of spectacular and vibrant autumn hues that makes the 6 northeastern states we’re about to explore the bucket list destination par excellence that they are this time of year. A week of slow, exploratory drive through rugged rural wilderness & sleepy towns awaits, a week of crisp air ‘Leaf Peeping’ autumnal purple, gold, orange and yellow.
We first saw a Tim Hortons in upstate New York on day 24 (we did, of course, pull over for a double-double & donut). We first saw French signposting on day 26 in Vermont (they – Vermonters – claim this is to keep the neighbours happy). So, I guess it was coming. Today, day 28, we cheated. Or did we? Umm. Is an epic US road trip still an epic US road trip if you leave the contiguous 48? Umm indeed. And now that we’re here we’re debating, over a Moosehead or two, whether to take the long way back to the US. Another night in Canada? Oh, may as well be hung a sheep as for a lamb.
We’re en route to the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. That’s a place called Quoddy Head State Park in Maine, somewhere, and while road-trippin’ the US east, we were always going to search out (those who know me know I love visiting geographical extremities). Getting there via Canada, however, was never part of the plan, the chance to do so by driving a section of the Trans-Canada Highway too good an opportunity to pass up. So that’s what we did today, Epic US (& now Canada) road tip Day 29.
What a miserable f***in’ day, climatically speaking. We saw a lot of water today, road trip day 30. Not because we finally reached the New England Atlantic coastline, but rather because there seemed to be no let up in the dredging inflicted on this supposedly picturesque portion of the US northeast. Yes, it was a very, very wet day, the incessant rain trying its damndest but ultimately failing to put a damper on a day that was for me rather momentous, a day when I clocked my 50th US state.
Apart from getting wet and reaching milestones, today saw us crossing a timezone; saw us leaving Canada (twice); saw us entering the US (also twice); saw us crossing the world’s longest covered bridge; and saw us, once again, wondering why there are no lights in New England – Vermont, New Hampshire and now Maine are spookily dark states then the sun goes down (rumour has it the states in question, even in Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ US of A, are too stretched to pay the lighting bill). Oh, and they are awfully boring places to be too. I understand it’s out of season right now, but gosh. There’s no doubt New England is drop-dead gorgeous this time of year (assuming the sun shines). Expect plenty of leaves. Just don’t expect a party. Yawn.
A few more pictures from today as captured (in the rain) in chronological order.