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Road trip from California to Maine - The Trip Home
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.
The first part of the trip to Maine
- Road trip from California to Maine
The trip of a lifetime. Three weeks on the open road from California to Maine.
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?
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.
Entering Plymouth, MA
Take one with you
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.
Interesting bridge that rises in the air to allow boats to pass underneath. Had to stay long enough to actually see it work.
Beautiful NY city.
Really didn't want to look like a tourist but broke down and got a backpack. It's just easier.
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.
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.