A bridge, tunnels and more rain

Day 62  July 22 Lewes, DE to Appomattox, VA 374 milers Total trip miles to date: 12,950 I woke up to sun coming in the motel window!   Yes!!! By the time I had breakfast, however, it was cloudy. By 8:45, I was on the road, taking Hwy. 9 west for 25 miles to Hwy. 13 for the long trek down the Maryland and Virginia coasts. Without the use of my phone(it drowned yesterday) it was old school with a map next to me. While there was water on both sides of me (the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic), I did not see it due to the thick trees. Only at the end of the Eastern Shores of Virginia did I see the water before embarking on the long Chesapeake Bay bridge and tunnels (all 21 miles of it). On this bridge, there are very few places to pull off if there is a problem.  There are no places in the long tunnels. Thankfully I got through it just fine.   Once in Virginia…

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It finally rained. Actually it RAINED!

Day 61  July 20 Millville, NJ to Lewes, DE 40 miles + a 1.5 hr. roller-coaster Ferry ride Total trip miles to date: 12,576 When I got up this morning in Millville, I immediately went to the window to check the weather.  Cloudy, but not raining.  Good! I packed everything and just as I got ready to get into the cockpit, a very light drizzle started.  I put my rain jacket on, but didn’t bother with the pants. That was not a good idea. Expecting rain on the ride, I also pulled out the waterproof gloves and the helmet. I hadn’t gone 10 miles when the heavens opened up. By the time I got to Cape May to catch the 1 ½ hr. Ferry to Lewes, Delaware, I was wet. Really wet. The cockpit was more of a bathtub. I slowed down, concerned about hydroplaning. Then I saw an electronic sign set up by the road: “Caution. Roads Flooded Ahead.” They were right.  The roads had significant standing water, and I began to…

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Down the Atlantic Seaboard

Day 60  July 19  Meriden, CT to Millville, NJ 190 miles Total trip miles to date: 12,536 A great day of driving began with a trip to Orange County Choppers. Talented father and sons, but it was the dysfunctional relationships that most folks tuned in for.   OCC was within walking distance of my hotel.  The place was over the top! Beautiful building, huge sales room, café, bowling alley, and many of the special bikes from the show exhibited. I remember when the show began, the place they had was a far cry from this!   I didn’t stay long, as I had at least 5 hours to drive today. I took Hwy. 206 and other 2-lanes south eventually stopping at Millville to overnight. The rooms in and near Cape May were just too expensive. My concerns of being too close to NYC and Philadelphia proved unwarranted.  The traffic was fine all the way,  a pleasant drive with lots of small towns to break up the trip. Just outside of Princeton, I stopped in…

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Short Blog, No pix

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 60  July 19  Meriden, CT to Portland, CT to Newtown, CT to Newburgh, NY  112 miles Total trip miles to date: 12,458   Today was a perfectly sunny day. The Spirit purred along as I drove the short trip from Meriden to Portland to stop in at F40 Motorsports.  Wayne Carini was not in today, but most everyone else was, and they all came out as I got out of the Spirit. These are true car guys and they enjoyed the story I have told so often.  They took pictures to use on their social media and I got a tour of the place, including in the back building that has a large number of beautiful cars,  many I have seen on the show.  Pretty neat! I cannot show pictures, but will tomorrow.  The card reader I have suddenly stopped reading my SD card. I've had a few issues with it over the past few days,  but this time,  I could get nothing.  I'll get another…

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Rejuvenated! Three more States!

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 59  July 18  Orleans, MA (Cape Cod) to Meriden, CT 199 miles Total trip miles to date: 12,346 I said goodbye to Massachusetts, and the Murphy’s, this morning,  taking Hwy. 6 to drive off of Cape Cod. All was going well, until traffic virtually stopped. It was bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go for a good 20 minutes before we came up on the cause. A DOT truck and a police car were moving slowly in the left lane, with a tractor mower ahead of them cutting the grass on the median side of the road. Geez! It was back to full speed by Barnstable. The rest of the way off the Cape was good. I stayed on Hwy. 6 into Rhode Island and then took 114 south to Newport. I stayed close to the coast  to avoid traffic around Providence and it paid off.  Traffic was light and the views were great (I’ve never seen so many moored boats in one place). I also got to go over the…

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Purpose

I made the decision to stay another day on Cape Cod. I had hoped to leave this morning for Rhode Island, but the weather forecast looked bad, so I took another day of rest and recovery. I was up early, watching today’s ride in the Tour de France, after which I drove the Murphy’s Volvo wagon to Provincetown on the tip of the Cape. It wasn’t for me.  Too many tourists, all in a hurry to get somewhere. So, I drove back to Orleans, stopping at several places to get views of the ocean. Of this I’m sure: The Cape is busy with traffic, regardless of week. The weather for tomorrow looks good.  Steve came out after work in the city and we went to dinner at one of his favorite restaurants. It was wonderful! We also had a long talk about our paths and our purpose. It prompted me for tonight’s blog entry. I didn’t take but a few pictures today, but I will throw in a picture or two to…

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Crossroads

  © 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 57  July 16  Sudbury, MA to Orleans, MA (Cape Cod) 121 miles Total trip miles to date: 12,147 After being pampered last night by the Murphy family (fresh watermelon and strawberries to rehydrate, and a plate of fresh scallops over healthy greens (amazing!), I was off this morning to Cape Cod, feeling a lot better than I did yesterday. First, Melina led me to a book store in Concord where I picked up a new spiral bound atlas. Now I can get rid of the pile of separated atlas pages in the passenger seat! Next, she led me the 1.5 miles to Walden Pond, where I stopped and took some shots of the recreation of Thoreau’s cabin, an early example of “simplify your life”.       Then I was back on the road toward Cape Cod. I stopped along the route to Crossroads Camp Wing outside of Duxbury, MA. Expecting a summer children’s camp, I was blown away by what I saw at Crossroads,…

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A stop I wasn’t planning on

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 56  July 15  Kittery, NH to Sudbury, MA 116 slow miles Total trip miles to date: 12,026 I came out of the motel (a rating of 3) this morning to a family standing around the Spirit.  It grew from there. Two bikers came out, a couple of women showed up, and the manager! As usual, I needed to go through the history of the trip, tell about the Spirit, and try to explain why anyone in their right mind would undertake such a monster trip, mostly alone. The smiles and the joy shown by all made me want to stay as long as needed and let them be a part of it all. I got on the road a bit late, and decided that breakfast could wait.  The motel had fruit loops and white bread for toast. That’s it.  Breakfast of champions.  I passed, but did have a couple of warm croissants and butter at a coffee shop in Portsmouth just across the bridge to the…

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The Atlantic Coast, finally! Now we head south.

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 55  July 14 Bridgton, ME to Kittery, NH 99 slow miles Total trip miles to date: 11,910 After a great evening at the Wilcoxen’s lake-style cabin, Chuck, Hillary, and I had a true Maine breakfast at a nearby popular breakfast place, then we were off to Portland. It looked like we might get rain, so he took his car, and I followed in the Spirit. We had clouds all day, even some threatening ones, but no rain.  It was a treat to not have the sun beating down on me, a welcome change. In Portland, we had to have a donut at The Holy Donut, an institution in these parts.  I had a toasted coconut donut. Amazing! Apparently, they use potato flour, not wheat flour, and the difference makes for the best donut I have ever had. While there, I did some work on the computer and nursed a iced latte (with coffee ice cubes) while Chuck ran some errands. Donuts?  Yep. And some flavors you…

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Three States!

© 2018 will freeman  all rights reserved Day 54  July 13 Bennington, VT to Bridgton, ME 209 miles Total trip miles to date: 11,811 After two scoops of toasted coconut ice cream last night, and a good sleep, I was up early, ready to go. I made the mistake of turning on the TV. The channel was on NBC Sports, showing the Tour de France. I have not missed watching the complete Tour for probably 10 years (except for the one year when we were in Europe during the Tour and got to see a special day when the cyclists climbed Alp-d’Huez twice on the same day, the only time that has been done. I got sucked into the Tour this morning and stayed until the 11:00 check out to see as much of the day’s coverage as I could. So much for an early start. I’ve been so occupied with my own Tour, I have not even thought about the Tour de France. Every time I think this is tough to do, I…

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