Category Archives: Multi-State Trips

Drop down south

We kicked around several options for this years fall trip and ended up cutting it down from 2+ weeks to 8 +- days, and instead of Chicago being our main destination we ended up with several stops in va, md, pa and ny. Why you ask, well mostly because traveling is getting harder for my wife, and she wanted to save a long trip like that for next year when we will have a new vehicle- maybe a highlander, not sure yet, we will be trying it out on an extended test drive, and if it doesn’t work and by work I mean if it isn’t more comfortable on the long haul then our Avalon, then we’ll see what else is out there that is.

Ok so enough about that. We will be making stops in the Berkshires area then onto intercourse, pa with these first day nights just helping to make the trip a bit easier. No sense in getting tired before we even start our vacation. From intercourse we will make our way down to the sharpsburg, MD area to check out some civil war sites then over to the Winchester, VA area on our way down ‘to quantico to spend some time with our daughter and her family, we will be heading back to Maine Saturday with stops in the Gettysburg’s area to take the grandchildren apple picking, after which they will head back home and we will make our way to the Saratoga area for a few days, and then back home.

So far we’ve had a wonderful meal at mazzeo’s italian restaurant in Lenox, ma. This is a very big restaurant with a wonderful staff and a nice large menu with something for everyone’s taste. My wife had the chicken lobster Newburgh with a Hollandaise Sauce- she gave it 2 big thumbs up. I started with an order of mozzarella frittata, which was an outstanding way to start, to this I had ziti Pasquale and this turned out to be a wonderful choice. Our waiter was pleasant and helpful with suggestions a long the way to make sure we got dishes we would be happy with. On the way back to the hotel I stopped to get some drinks for us and a few lottery tickets. This turned out to be a good thing in that I won $130.00, which was nice as the hotel clerk screwed up entering my cc and it got blocked causing me to pay cash for the room, and yes, you guessed right, $132.00 for the room

Our hotel, well that turned out to be the worst part of the trip so far. The Howard Johnson hotel, whil,it,looked nice from the outside, I can’t say for the inside. Ok, so it was clean, but it had a strange odor-which was a strong odor of musty smell and water, which way have come from rooms close to our with jacuzzi. The second floor was closer to us then we thought in that, we could hear every step and thing they did, which made for a long night.

Tonight we are at a best western in intercourse which we have stayed at before. Nice and clean, quiet and no odors, other then those from the local farms.

Tonight for a meal we went with a recommendation from the young lady at the front desk. The first thing we found out is there are no places in the area open on a Sunday, now the area isn’t a big deal as it only means a 10-15 minute drive to several options. Her choice was issac’s sandwich shop which she said had a killer spicy tomato bisque- so we took her up on her suggestion and headed out on another short drive for something to eat. Now this normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but we had been driving all day and my wife was tired from all the driving, but she was also hungry and this time hunger won out. Turns out it was a pleasant surprise in that it was a very good sandwich shop with a killer spicy tomato bisque and a very good roast beef sandwich, and it was next door to a very large train museum that had we known about before I’m pretty sure we would have visited this place by now, oh well maybe next time.

Noe the somewhat funny thing is this restaurant was in the upper right hand corner of the square. Ok let me break this down better. So the hotel is in the lower left hand corner of what turns out to a square when it comes to main roads, with issac’s being in the upper right hand corner, which I point out only because of the route I choose to take to get there. Either way was the same distance but this way, there was nothing but beautiful homes and farmland while we took the other way back and you guessed it, dozens of restaurants that way and all in the upper right hand corner,so yes, much closer.

So my wife just pointed out a few things that makes her wonder who named some of the towns in the area. Blue balls, Virginville, littetits and intercourse to name a few of the towns.

So this morning in an hour or so, we will be heading for sharpsburg and some civil war sites a bakery and who knows what else we’ll get in the day.

Ok, so it is now a few days later, we did the site of the Battle of Antietam (a must see for any civil war buff). I found it as nice albeit a bit smaller then Gettysburg, and somewhat lesser known, yet more important then Gettysburg.

After a few hours there we headed to our hotel in Winchester.

So out time in Quantico was very nice, always pleasant visiting our daughter, son in-law and grandgirls. Our time was spent doing a bit of everything including visits to occacun, va ( a must stop for folks who like to see and enjoy small town America , stops in warrenton and Gettysburg. Warrenton is a wonderful little town with tons of pride. They have an annual scarecrow contest that covers all of Main Street, and outstanding pastry shop called the red truck bakery- to die for cinnamon buns and strawberry / cream cheese pastries amongst the many treats.

Play at Monmouth playhouse 8/10

We had a great time. The night started out early with our son and fiancé stopping by early to have a bite to eat. This consisted of home made chicken noddle soup and steak sandwiches, and let’s not forget, wonderful pastries that the kids brought, from a bakery in Falmouth. Brownies, cheesecake, raspberry thingy and a chocolate chip cupcake-very nice.

So after we eat and caught up a bit, we head to the Monmouth playhouse located in Monmouth, me, about a 30 minute drive from the house. The theater has gone through a renovation and looks wonderful. I should say that the evening drive, the 3/4 moon and clouds, we could have been going to see the legend of sleepy hollow and it would have been apropos, but it was not the legend we were going to see, instead it was the hounds of Baskerville- a Sherlock Holmes mystery- an outstanding production! A wonderful cast, many of whom played multiple people and did it splendidly. simply put, go if you can, it will be well worth it.

We (my wife and I) have seen many plays / musicals, and for me, this ranks in the top 2 best I’ve seen.

We will be headed back here next weekend to see murder for 2, with a favorite couple and my brother and his lovely lady friend, Joanna. This will be 2 times in 2 weeks, and my first times back in 40 years, which I might add, has been way to long. Click here for a brief history about the playhouse https://theateratmonmouth.org/about-us/cumston-hall/

That’s it for now, but I will try to post something after this next weekends event

Lubec maine

I will get to this trip shortly, but first a little piece on last night 8/10

Damn it I had been typing for some 10 minutes and forgot to save, so let’s start over

We have been talking about going to Lubec for sometime now, heck we have done many trips up and down the east coast and a bit west, and haven’t explore the great state of Maine much, that is about to change.

Lubec Maine for those who don’t know it, it the most easterly part of Maine, USA (a claim disputed by the fine folks of Eastport Maine – island verses main land thingy going on here)

Lubec is a very quaint, very quiet, very peaceful place to go and relax, as is most of the drive to get there. Oops warning Will Rogers, low battery (step back in time, sorry about that) so I will plug this baby in, and finish later. Yes I can type while plugged in, if I wanted to.

Ok so i’m Charged and ready to go.

We stayed at a lovely place not 2 feet from the waters edge http://www.theinnonthewharf.com

While Most of the rooms sit on the waters edge I will say, not to stay in the rooms closest to the restaurant. Only because they are closest to the dock as well, not bad views, just a bit louder when sitting on your own little deck.

I don’t know why these are not right? Oh well these are photos from our room as well as a few from the morning sunrise. I took more with my camera and haven’t up loaded them yet. I will say- while you (I and others) look pretty dorky taking pictures with an iPad it does work easier uploading them into the blog.

So the bottom line is this, Lubec while out in the middle of nowhere is worth the drive and time to get away. Oh, did I mention the sun comes up real early here. I went out to get pictures around 3;30am, and my automatic headlights didn’t even come on, because of how light it was.

Lubec, Eastport and surrounding areas are all worth a bit of your time. Take route 1 and then hug the coast line whenever you can, the small towns, hamlets and villages along e way are quaint with some great views of the Maine coast line.

On our way, we did stop in Castine, which is where the coast guard academy is located, and a few lighthouses. Another prime example of Maine.

Great long weekend in VT.

So here is a nice 3 day trip through VT. Some trip is fun with your spouse or with your kids, grandkids

Depending on what you do, can do, find time to do, this trip has a little something for everyone. Below are links to many of the places for this trip.

These are fun places to explore and get away for a while. Enjoy time with loved ones and heck eat some Ice Cream, it doesn’t get much better than that folks.

Depending on when you do this trip, you could easily add Lost River – http://www.lostrivergorge.com and or Polar Caves – http://www.polarcaves.com to this trip (Anytime after May)

https://www.benjerry.com

https://www.coldhollow.com

https://www.stowe.com

https://www.burlingtonvt.gov

https://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/factory-tours

https://www.vermontteddybear.com

https://vtstateparks.com/philo.html

https://www.dakinfarm.com

The stops outlined are just a few of the many stops and things there are to do in the area. Ben & Jerrys is a great place to start. tour the factory, check out the cemetery out back and see all head stones of the gone for good and never made it ice creams, after this get yourself a big sundae and enjoy.

After this head on over to Cold Hollow Cider Store / Mill (you will pass a Chabot Creamery / outlet store https://www.cabotcheese.coop/cabot-farmers-store along the way, and a blown glass shop where you can watch as they make some amazing things – http://zglassblowing.com

Manchester Blown Glass for doing it yourself! Another trip, another day.

Ok, so back to this trip. After these stops, you can head over to Stowe, VT, head on over to Burlington. Stowe is a great little town, with plenty to see and do and heck, you are so close, I’d do it. Get out walk around, check out the side streets, so much to see and do.

From here, while there is more to do in the area, you can’t do everything, so I’d head over to Burlington but if you want to do more here, I’d consider heading over to Smugglers’ Notch – https://vtstateparks.com/smugglers.html

Ok, if you have gone on to Burlington, another area with a ton to see and do.

• City Parks

• Shops

• Aquarium

• Bike Paths, Walking Paths

• Lake Champlain

Consider taking a ferry ride to NY? If you do, you’ll want to think about another trip, because there is so much to do, once on the other side (NY)

The Adirondack region has 4 days worth of places to go and things to see. Lake Placid, see the hockey rink, where the great “Miracle on Ice” USA Olympic Hockey Game took place. Walk and explore downtown Lake Placid. Go Fly Fishing, Explore the region, with over 100 places to see and experience, and yes, PLENTY of great places to eat.

Walk around Mirror Lake, go to Saranac Lake’s Region. See all the Olympic villages, ski jumps and so much more

http://ausablechasm.com

https://www.wildcenter.org

http://www.lakeplacid.com

https://www.adirondackchocolates.com

https://www.theadkx.org/

Ok, so we are not doing the NY trip here, let’s get back to the VT area. From downtown Burlington, just a short walk or drive, you have the Aquarium, walking paths and the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory, a nice 30 – 45 minute distraction. After this you can go to Dankin Farm store, or head on over to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, were you can make your own Teddy Bear. WAY to many options, but a ton of fun for kids and adults alike.

OK, so now it’s on to Mt. Philo (opens in spring or a brisk walk in the winter to the top). Awesome views of the Lake Champlain Region and parts of NY.

Depending on time, who you are and are with, and budget, you should schedule time at the Shelburne Museum – https://shelburnemuseum.org

If time allows, try to find Ollie the Camel – https://vermonter.com/camel-ferrisburgh-vt

Special request – Car/Truck Museum loop

I stopped by a friends business the other day and while there, he introduced me to a friend of his and said that with all the traveling I do, I might be able to help him. turns out the man was wondering if there were any car/truck museums in the area, he could take his grandkids too.

I asked what is “in the area mean?”, because for me it is 1 days drive, while for him it might have to be within a 100 miles or so. We chatted and I told him of a nice loop he might want to do with them, but it is best as a 2 to 4 day loop, he say go ahead and tell me all about it – I did, he’s now planning a trip.

Yes this is a wonderful trip during Fall Foliage, just REALLY hard to get a room during this time, unless you book in advance.

Here is a map showing the general route to get the most car museums in a visit. It still a 2-3 day trip, and you not stopping much. You’ll likely find it a better 4 day trip. As much because of the hours for each museum, which you’ll WANT to check before heading out

Here are several links to museums in this article.

https://www.classiccarmuseum.org

https://www.ccsmotors.com

http://www.saratogaautomuseum.org

http://www.vintageautomuseum.org

https://www.macktruckshistoricalmuseum.org

https://www.aacamuseum.org

Ok, so you have an idea where they are, you just have to decide how much time you have. This whole loop would be a better 4 day trip. AGAIN, check with each place, as they often close to change out exhibitions, and for general renovations. Not to mention, some are closed during the winter months.

If you take a side trip near Schenectady,, NY, be sure to stop by Morrette’s King Steak, for an awesome Steak Sandwich. 126 Erie Blvd.

After lunch, head on over to Krause’s Homemade Candy: https://www.krausescandy.com

A few photo’s from some of these museums. I’ll add more in the coming days, once I upload them.

First 10 photo’s are from Classic Car Museum, NY
From the Mack Truck Museum
At the Mack Truck Museum, from the movie Transformers

Days, 4 through 14 on our trip last year

So a lot has happened and some of it cause me to drop the ball on keeping up with our travels, so I will try to wrap it up in a nutshell.

From Colonial Williamsburg we headed down to Jacksonville, NC to visit with our daughter and family for a few days. While there we got over to Wilmington, NC for the day. I should point out, that this area of NC got hit pretty damn hard by Hurricane Florence. I will say they are doing a great job of getting things back to normal, as quickly and safely as they can.

Yorktown Monument, just outside of Colonial Williamsburg
Fountain at Jamestown Historic Museum

Many stores and restaurants in downtown Wilmington, are still close, as are many in Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC. All areas we went to visit while down here.

Battleship, North Carolina in the harbor in downtown Wilmington, NC
Waterfront dock in downtown Wilmington, very nice and several shops along the way
Another part of the nice long water front walking dock

One of the towns hit REALLY hard by the hurricane was Pollacksville. These pictures don’t tell the story very well, but I can tell you, that after speak with several folks from the area, that many of the homes in these pictures, were abandoned and the folks said “Good-bye” to the area with no plans to come back. They said “There is nothing here worth saving and it will cost us more to tear down the home and rebuild, so we are moving on” and they just left everything behind and went somewhere to start over.Many of the homes had anywhere from 8′ to 15′ of water in the homes, many up to the second floor.

This bridge was underwater during the hurricane
This building had water up-to the white sign by the telephone pole, the last hurricane, and this time, the water mark was up to the 2nd row of shingles on the roof, and it like many of the other buildings in the area will be getting torn down
All the streets in Pollacksville looked like this or worst. Dozens of homes were destroyed and will be torn down. More then 75% of the homes in this town are likely torn down by now, should be torn down by now, or have been abandoned for someone else to deal with … Very sad

After a few days visiting the kids we headed back home, but not before stops in DC., VA, PA, NY, VT then home.

VA., was our first layover before going to Gettysburg. We choose this area because there was a few yarn shops for mother to shop, a candy store and a bakery or 2 for me.

I wish I could remember the few bakeries, because they were awesome, but it’s now 6 – 8 months later … and yes, she enjoy the few yarns shops we found along the way, and even purchase some yarn to make socks on the trip, I should say, some more socks.

We are now in Gettysburg, PA and settling in for a few days. The first day, we are going to get a private tour of the Gettysburg Battle areas. This tour was a gift from our Son and his girl friend (at the time, now his Fiancee).

We arrived a bit early because we weren’t real sure what was going to happen. We checked in and were told we could wait over there and someone would be right with us, and low and behold, a few minutes later a nice gentleman introduces himself as our driver for the tour. He ask if he was driving or if I was driving, I said, “you know what, why don’t you drive, seems like you know the route better, and this should work out better for all parties involved.”

Great choice, he did know right where to go (No big surprise), and he had the tour down to a science. Where to stop, where to slow down, where to let us out to look around. He was an outstanding guide and Real glad the kids did this for us, and I would recommend it to anyone going to Gettysburg, which by the way, we will do again real soon, and this time, spend 3-4 days here, and REALLY check the area out.

I say this because while our guide was awesome, he did have to do his best in a bit over an hour, so there were TONS of places and things to see that we simply didn’t get a chance to do.

With over 1350 monuments, markers and memorials at Gettysburg, it takes a lot more then an hour to see them all.

Cute sign for a Mainer to see.

So from Gettysburg, PA we were off to Paradise, PA for the night. We / I choose this area because it is close to Intercourse, PA, and Bird-in-a-Hand, PA, both areas I like to stop and get some supplies before heading home. Supplies you say, yes, Grandma Jack Caramel Popcorn and a dozen or so other flavors

And from there to a few specialties shop selling damn near anything person with a sweet tooth could want, from Gummie Candies, to Whoopie Pies, to Beef Jerky to fresh squeezed juices and shoefly pie to name but a few things

http://birdinhandfarmersmarket.com

The next morning we headed on our way back to Maine, with stops in PA, NY and VT., mostly to get gas, pee and stretch of legs. We did stay over night in a little place just outside of Saratoga Springs NY, – Clifton Park, NY.

I should point out that most of the hotels we stayed at were very nice, mid range hotels, some better then others but for the most part, all are places we’d stay again. This trip Best Westerns got the most visits, and a Ascend Hotel (these are one of the newer brands from Choice Hotels, a few but all aren’t new or clean), Hilton / Hampton Inn Suites and a few home2 suites, Which are becoming our favorites. This is mostly because they are newer and the rooms are clean and larger, something we have to take into consideration now with my wife’s health, as we need to Mix her drugs each day, put the drug into a cassette and attach the cassette to the pump and such, and it needs to be as close to a sterile area as possible.

Great weekend in VT., Manchester Hot Glass

Well we’re done! We promised our kids a day away to do a Blown Glass Project, and we finished it last weekend with our son and his soon to be lovely wife / girlfriend, so for now … we’re done, at least with family members doing blown glass.

We left town about 6am Saturday  and headed to Cumberland Center to pick up our son and his fiancé. We stopped at a local corner store to get a bite to eat, then head the car towards Manchester VT. for our 1pm class to blow glass. The trip took a bit over 4 hours and had us in town early enough to stop and let the fine folks at Manchester Hot Glass know we were in town and would be back after lunch for our class.

On the way into town we passed the local diner, Bob’s Diner, https://bobsdiner.business.site which is where my wife wanted to eat, so back out of town we headed. When we got there, it was pretty smokey in side, so smokey in fact, my wife asked if they could turn on an exhaust fan or 2 (her lungs didn’t deal with the smoke very well at all), which they did, and it did 2 things. It cleared up the smoke, which was HUGE for my wife and it got REAL cold fast, which is ok with my wife as well.

She had half a Reuben sandwich and a cup of squash soup, both of which she said were Awesome! Our son had  a Monte Cristo sandwich and soup, his bride to be had a half of a BLT, and some French Onion Soup, which they both loved and I had a French Dip au jus which was good, but for me the roast beef was sliced a bit thick, yeah, I like it paper thin or thinner and yes, I can be a pain in the ass. NO I didn’t say anything I eat it they way they serve it, and did so with a smile on my face.

After lunch we headed on down to Manchester Hot Glass so the kids could do they thing.

The kids had a blast and our soon to be daughter in-law, had so much fun, she is looking forward to going back with her parents.

We will be going back (My wife, me, Leo and his lovely wife), as we didn’t get to tour Abe Lincolns Son’s Estate yet.

Here are a few pic’s of pieces we’ve done so far, along with ones from this past weekend.

Oh, this is for my friend Leo

Caitlin’s Vase

Khristopher’s Bowl

My good friend Leo doing his thing. He made a Wine Carafe

Leo doing what Leo does – blowing in one end, to make the other end bigger

Andrew, Leo and Alex cutting the piece, so they can get it exposed and he can make the opening

Leo, rubbing his glass bulb, doesn’t Andrew look excited

Leo’s lovely wife, working at making her project fit into the mold. This is step 5 or 6 in a 15 or so step process.

Wine (orange juice) Carafe I just made

My 2nd piece, a candy dish

My wife’s first piece, a large drinking glass, or Vase?

My 3rd piece, my Ice Cream and Pasta Bowl

My 1st piece, single flower vase

Alex, Andrew and me, opening the end for my  Ice Cream / Pasta Bowl

Our daughter’s Candy Dish

Our other daughter, shaping her pumpkin vase

Here she is, putting the molten glass into a metal form to get the shape she is wanting

Wrong order, but this is in the beginning. Blowing air into the molten glass bulb to get things started.

Daughter coming in from outer space:)

Alex heating up daughters soon to be candy dish

Daughter making the opening for her candy dish larger

and bigger still

 

and almost done

Andrew heated it up, tips it down, then flips it over, and

this is the ending results

Caitlin having a good laugh, while making her vase

Ok, so you can see, but you can’t tell, it is a blast doing this. Andrew and crew are awesome and it’s something everyone should do at least once.

So we left here and headed downtown to look around. Before we parked and looked around, we headed out to Dorset Rising Bakery, which turned out to be a quaint little coffee / pastry shop in Dorset.

We proceeded back to downtown Manchester to the local book store which is just to freakin cool of a book store. A place you have to see and visit to believe. From there we hit a few other shops including a small but big Italian shop, were we ended up getting some pastas, sauces, cookies, olives and more

From here we went a cross the street to a few outdoor companies, and Christmas shop (closing), walked down towards a small park, then over to Evelyn & Crabtree :), that is going out of business so the ladies stocked up and some of their favorite things.

From here we drove up the street to show the area off and stopped at the Campus of Orvus, and hit the outlet sales store building, and picked up a few shirts and some pajamas

•  https://www.orvis.com

This is Vermonts version of LL Bean, but older, smaller, but they sell some REALLY nice stuff here folks.

For those who like to shop, there are plenty of shops here, food, candy, donuts, clothing, jewelry, furniture, cars, books, antiques, kitchen supplies, specialty shops and so much more.

Manchester, VT a bit out of the way, but worth the trip!

3rd day of 14 on the road

Hi. Well it’s been awhile and plenty has happened so let me try to catch you up on things.

The day started out with breakfast at the Colony Pancake House. It wasn’t the place we’d hope, as in we we’re looking for the place where they dress in period clothing. Now that’s not to say this wasn’t a good choice, it was. The service was friendly, the food was fine and the pricing was not shocking. Should we find ourselves in the area again, we would stop here for breakfast. http://www.colonialpancake.com

From here we headed down to Colony Williamsburg  https://colonialwilliamsburg.com to see  all the cool stuff there is to see and explore. A large part of the area is closed to driving traffic during daytime hours. This does make walking around a lot more comfortable and safe. There are dozens of building to check out, most with folks in period clothing, speaking much like they did back then. They provided some great insight to what it must have been like back then.

They do a great job of keeping the area clean and safe and full of things to help keep folks into all can see, do and explore. The area is surrounded by the downtown area with dozens and dozens of interesting and fun shops. Food, gifts and plenty of souvenirs to meet anyones needs.

After a few hours of exploring the area, hopping, getting some cool gifts, and some awesome Baskin-Robbins ice cream we headed  out to Jamestown to another historical area where we did more exploring and learning more about the area and the history of America. Jamestown has a very nice, very large, clean and informative staff and area.  Period buildings, fort, ships and staff there to help and answers any questions about anything you see or want to know about that time in our history. https://www.historyisfun.org

We did choose to get a bite to eat here, which we did as much to save time as any other reason.

We left and head to Yorktown https://www.historyisfun.org

I have many photos I will try to add in the near future. After this we headed back to our hotel for the night.

Let me tell you about our day

it started out great. Warm, sunny, beautiful in every respect. Breakfast at the hotel was ok, but hey, it’s a hotel not a restaurant.

‘After leaving the hotel we headed to our next stop – fifer orchards. https://www.fiferorchards.com The plan was to take a short walk and pick a few apples and peaches for the trip, well good plan, but that’s not what happened. First off the place was much bigger then we thought with jams, jellies, pastries, fruits and apples galore, many  varieties we don’t have in Maine. This is a good thing, we get to see and try apples and see how we stand up to others. Well they had one we don’t remember seeing in Maine – crimson crisp. Nice and hard, sweet and very tasty. With over 26 varieties of apples grown on sites there is sure to be one for everyone’s liking. We got a bunch of cool stuff here including a nice basket of goodies for our daughter for having us there in the coming days. Some apples, drinks and socking stuffers. Before we left we took some photos of the outside area which was done up big time for fall and Halloween. We said our goodbyes and left for our 4 hour drive to colony Williamsburg

oh, I should note, very nice, pleasant and very helpful folks at  Fifer’s. Not  sure if you would ever be in the area, but if you are, a must stop for sure.

Ok  so it’s now onto Williamsburg.  The drive started out nice, with parts going through small town America and some open country, then onto route 13 which takes you to the Chesapeake bay bridge and tunnel. One of the longest bridges and tunnels in America, some 13+ miles long. This turned out to be a longer drive then I remembered it to be. A straight drive of 210 + miles. Now this wasn’t an issues as we often drive many more miles on roads in our travels, BUT this wasn’t about to be like any other drive.

We got a message on the GPS that the road ahead was closed, not a big deal or so I thought. We’d simply get close drive around the issue and be on our way, yeah while not really. Turns out the part of the road that was closed was “the tunnel”, that’s right, no turning around once you are on the bridge / tunnel. Now we were ok as we hadn’t gone all the way to the bridge when we found that out. You see traffic was stoppe some 5 miles away from the bridge. We pulled into a gas station to try and get more information, boy did we get some information. Turns out traffic hadn’t moved at this point in time in over 4 hours, and they didn’t know when it might start moving again. After speaking with as many folks, truckers as we could, we decided to take a new route, yeah you guessed it, 210 Freaken miles back the way we just came. Yeah, no other route to Williamsburg other then driving back to 95 and where we started. Ok so we did find a small short-cut, but even that required us to drive back some 150 + miles before we got to it. Let’s just say, a long days drive. We should have gotten into the hotel around 4, but didn’t get there until just a bit before 11!

slept a bit late this morning, and now getting ready to start day and next 3 days here.