ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Road trip from California to Maine - The Trip Home

Updated on September 23, 2014

The trip home was every bit as much fun as the trip to Maine

And so we say goodbye to Alan and Maine and start the trip home. However, we are no longer on a deadline to get to anyone's house so we have more time to sight-see on the way. One of the best things about a road trip is that there are so many new things to see and experience.


Rockland, Maine to Salem, Massachusetts

First stop on the way out of town was Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, Maine. They have great food and a very cute gift shop. Headed towards Salem. Salem was not a good place for me. I developed some sort of intestinal illness that took me down for the day and sent me to the hospital. We are 3000 miles from home. However, with antibiotics I was sent home. Home was in the parking lot and the hospital told us to just stay there and they would watch over us. The camper had my bed, my pillow and my blankets. Regardless of how far we were from home, I had my little home with me and it was OK. Spent a comfortable night there and then paid for our only night of lodging at the Winter Haven Campground in Salem.

The leaves were just beginning to turn.


Is this only confusing to me?

Somewhere in Maine
Somewhere in Maine | Source

Arrived in Salem, MA


Winterhaven Campground. This is a lot of history here and I could have spent a week just touring the area.


First settler in Salem. No wonder it all went bad. Even the statue is scary.



Salem, MA to Lenox, MA

Started to go to Cape Cod but still didn't feel well. Decided that we would go to Boston, Plymouth Rock instead. Got stuck in the traffic for the dedication of the new bridge in Boston and saw Bruce Springstein performing on the bridge.

Plymouth is a charming area with history galore. However, the story we were taught in school is much different than the real story. Plymouth Rock was disappointing. If you disembark from a ship and (we were all taught) step onto Plymouth Rock, it should be a lot bigger. Plymouth Rock is just a rock and not the imposing boulder we thought we would see.

However, the replica Mayflower is amazing. Didn't know it when we went but we have Mayflower ancestors and makes what we saw a little more real. The courage of the people who crossed the ocean in that tiny boat astounds me.

Boston Skyline


Entering Plymouth, MA


The "rock"

Although I am glad to have seen Plymouth Rock, it was underwhelming. We were told it was bigger but erosion and people who took pieces made it a little smaller.
Although I am glad to have seen Plymouth Rock, it was underwhelming. We were told it was bigger but erosion and people who took pieces made it a little smaller. | Source

The Mayflower

It is said that some of the pieces of the original ship were used in the replica.
It is said that some of the pieces of the original ship were used in the replica. | Source

Take one with you

Boss Yellow Rain Jacket - 50mm, Size L, Model# 3PR0500YL
Boss Yellow Rain Jacket - 50mm, Size L, Model# 3PR0500YL

It never rains in California but it does rain just about everywhere else on the East Coast. We didn't go prepared for weather and had to buy raincoats. Who knew it would rain? (a lot)


15 miles on the Erie Canal


Lenox, MA to Rochester, New York

Stopped at the Ontario Travel Plaza on Hwy 90. Interesting day. We got stopped in a roadblock when they were searching for the snipers who were shooting people at random. Never, ever have seen a roadblock.

We also went to see the Erie Canal and enjoyed watching the boats in the locks. Folk music was very much a part of out education and we learned about the Erie Canal as children. It was a must see.

We say belted galloways. What is a belted galloway? We pulled off the turnpike to see what appeared to be a herd of police cars. They are in-fact, cows with a white strip around the middle. There is only one in the picture with the markings but there was a whole herd. We were trespassing when we took the picture so we got what we could.

Saw some very beautiful homes in New York.

Erie Canal


Interesting bridge that rises in the air to allow boats to pass underneath. Had to stay long enough to actually see it work.


Belted Galloways


Beautiful NY city.


Really didn't want to look like a tourist but broke down and got a backpack. It's just easier.

JanSport T501 Superbreak Backpack - White/Blue Light Rhonda Plaid
JanSport T501 Superbreak Backpack - White/Blue Light Rhonda Plaid

A backpack is great for carrying cameras and jackets and keeps your hands free.



Rochester, New York to Avon, Ohio

We spent the night at the Pilot Travel Center. Nice place with nice showers. Of course we had to stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

I want to do it all over again!.


Avon, Ohio to South Bend, Indiana

Had to stop in Elkhart. The RV Museum is located there and we are vintage trailer people. They have the greatest museum with some wonderful trailers. Drive the extra few miles and eat at Amish Acres. They have an incredible dinner meal and an interesting museum. It's an all you can eat.

Elkhart is also the home of the company both of us worked for so we had to drive by that location. We also drove by the site that makes flutes since mine came from there.

Elkhart, the home of the company we both used to work for.


RV Museum

We hear they've moved to another location but they're still in Elkhart,
We hear they've moved to another location but they're still in Elkhart, | Source

One of the first trailers. This is a beauty.



South Bend, Indiana to Auburn, IL

Spent the night at the Auburn Travel Plaza but made several stops. Went through Chicago but did not stop there. Our destination was Springfield. Besides eating at the Cozy Dog, the home of the original corn dog, we went to Lincoln's home and took the tour. There is something about being in the home of the former president. The guide told us that the railing on the stairs was original and so we all touched where he had touched.


Auburn, IL to Bois d Arc, Mo

Spent the night at the Hood's Truck Stop. We stopped to see the Arch in St. Louis and tour the museum. We always consider the Conestoga wagon the first mobile home.

The arch is visible a long way off.


The first mobile home?



Bois d Arc, MO to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Busy day driving the back roads of Route 66. The rock gas station was built in 1912 and the forest is taking back over. It was a very interesting sight.

Gas station from 1912. The forest is reclaiming its space.


Old Gas Station in Missouri


Sign across the street from where we spent the night.



Oklahoma City, OK to Moriaty, New Mexico

Lots of Route 66 buildings to view. Spent the night at Rip Griffins Travel Plaza.

Route 66 Museum


A slightly newer RV than the Conestoga Wagon


Another Route 66 Gas Station



Moriarity, New Mexico to Kingman, Arizona to home

Stayed at the Petro Travel Plaza. Decided that we would take more pictures and get the ones in California too. The last day of our trip was on 10/13/2002. We went from Kingman to home taking pictures all along the way. When we got to San Bernardino, the camera jammed and my husband opened it. He wiped out all the pictures so to this day, we have nothing in California. Maybe next time.

Our ending mileage was 198251.

We traveled 7303 miles.

We spent $1000.00 in gas and the memories of the trip are priceless.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      5 years ago

      I love all your awesome pictures! I've never been on a road trip this long, and have a huge case of travel envy!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      And a fun time was had by all and that's what counts. I get a little paranoid on the interstates, so this sounds like the trip for me.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've traveled around this great country of ours quite a bit in my lifetime and several of the places you mention are familiar to me. Loved the mention of the Erie Canal as I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of NY State and still have relatives in Rochester. Been to the Erie Canal many times. And, you are right, you can see the St. Louis Arch from a long way out as you approach Missouri from the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. :) I love travel tours and virtual ones are such fun if you cannot travel yourself!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      It's always interesting taking the backroads. When I was a student, I used to dream about going to the States and doing such a trip - you know, all the North American vastness! Very different from my small and very compartmentalized country!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Yay Erie Canal (right next to my house!!!) :)

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow, I've always dreamed of making a trip like this one ... maybe someday! Thanks for sharing your trip and pictures.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      The return trip looks just as much fun!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      equally amazing

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Love all your pictures!!! Great lens, I've been with your on the way to Maine, and it was nice to travel home with you.

    • TeacherSerenia profile image


      7 years ago

      The trip sounds like so much fun. Why don't you use a digital canera? Then you wont have the problems with exposing a film? The memory card does not get wiped when it gets taken out of the camera.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)