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Random sights~

I wanted to share some of the random things we have seen while traveling up the East Coast.003We found this small family cemetery at the RV park we stayed at the first night out.  Only a few stones, the Howell family from the 1800’s.  Reminds me of a cemetery near the house I grew up in.

008A long shot of the Manhattan skyline.  I have never been to NYC, but have been over and around it several times.  Someday…..

013An FDNY Hazmat truck on the George Washington Bridge.  I have a few shots of FDNY vehicles, just not any engines.  Go figure!!!

020Paul walking Sasha in the Turtle Lot at Mohegan Sun Casinos.  She loved the cooler air and the HUGE parking lot to walk in.024Saving the best for last!  This gorgeous building was across the lake from the Turtle Lot.  It’s a huge old brick building nestled in the trees.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I found out from the Casino Transit driver that it was once a Mental Institution.  Yikes!!!  Paul and I agreed that we should probably both stay far away…just in case!!!

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More traveling!

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This is what we encountered in the Mid Atlantic states. Some of it was due to construction, some due to too many people on the road. I thought most of the rude drivers were in Florida (sorry Florida, but it’s my experience). I just don’t understand how people can think that they can jump lanes, right in front of 40′ of metal and wheels and when they slam on their brakes get upset that we are standing on our noses trying to stop before hitting them!!!! That and the texting drivers. Don’t these people pay attention to signs for NO HANDHELD PHONES for drivers???? I can’t tell you how many people we almost came in contact with!!! Remember, I drive a big red ambulance for a living, I see how people are and it infuriates me! Whew…enough of that!

Interesting part of the trip in New Jersey (?!). We were tired, unable to find a place to stay on Wednesday night, so we pulled into a service plaza and decided to stay there. Thanks to the State Lines app, I knew that this was legal. The gas attendant even told us where to pull the motorhome to. We squeezed in between 2 semi’s and called it a night! While that was never on my bucket list, I added it and then crossed it off!!! Next morning, after a pretty good night’s sleep, we cleaned up, went inside for coffee and breakfast, walked Sasha and off we went…destination: Mohegan Sun Casino!

First we had to go through New York City….tolls from the start of the George Washington Bridge to the Bronx….$60.00!!! REALLY????????? You would think we were paying for the construction all by ourselves! And once again, bumper to bumper! So glad to get through that! Once we did, and could pull over, we checked with the bike…she had managed to loosen up 2 of her straps. Bad Girl!!! We spent the better part of the trip worrying about her and the trailer.

We finally made it to Mohegan Sun and found the Turtle Lot. The really nice Security Guard took our paperwork and gave us a permit. Sasha had a nice little walk, we settled her in, and off to gamble we went. I am so not a gambler…I quite before I lost all the cash I brought. Fortunately I only took a little bit!! Ate at a really nice Irish Pub. I decided I couldn’t afford Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain! Had a nice Mac and Cheese and A Sam Adams, Paul had the Prime Rib special and a Sam Adams and we were set. We then decided that we would forgo the Turtle Lot and drive the rest of the trip to Kingston. We pulled in at just after 7pm. What a relief!!

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Planning, planning and more planning.

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I decided that I wasn’t going to post the few pictures that I took on the trip to Ormond Beach, there was really nothing interesting in them!  I hope no one was holding their breath to see them!  We did get the roof repaired and will take it to him in a week or so for some final details with the sealant.

We are now in the “OMG, we leave in just over a month” stage of our vacation with family and friends in New England.  I have spent part of today glued to the computer at work, in between calls, broken equipment and a chief visit, looking for travel information on I 95.  I found a really neat site,  I-95 Exit Guide, that I loved!  It had routes, toll information, RV sites…really important…and more.  I thought about ordering the book, but it was dated 2006!  There is an app, but I haven’t decided if I want to get it.  It all started when I thought about getting an EZPass for the tolls.  Here’s one of the things that irritated me to no end…I have a transponder for Florida, but it won’t work anywhere else.  In order to breeze through the tolls, I have to get a transponder from another state.  It doesn’t matter which one (it really does, I’ll get to that) as long as it’s through the EZPass system.  I started looking at the different states, thinking that one was as good as another.  Boy, was I wrong!!!  Maine has one that works with the other New England and Mid Atlantic states, no extra charges.  Mass has one that incurs charges and has a variety of rates, depending on where you use it.  By the time I got to Virginia, I was sick of the whole thing.  Each one works in the other states – except Florida of course – but then I had to decide what state, how much money I wanted to tie up on it and how to get it.  So that’s when I found the I 95 site.  They list the tolls on the entire length of I 95 except where there is no toll.  Sooooooo….the bottom line is I am NOT getting an EZPass, the tolls will be roughly 50.00 going North and 35.00 going south.  Don’t ask…it seems that some states want you to get out fast so they don’t charge tolls one or the other way!  Add to that, if we take the bike on a trailer, it will be slightly more.  That was another thing, one of the states said that if you are towing something, you would have to stop at a toll booth to have them adjust your toll.  REALLY?????

So this exercise in futility got me thinking about where we will stay the first night.  We hope to be in SC, maybe even NC.  I did some more digging and found a listing on Good Sam for Camp Pedro.  I laughed and laughed…this is the RV park attached to South of the Border.  Anyone that travels I 95 through the Carolina’s knows about South of the Border.  I was impressed, it got good reviews, and if nothing else, the entertainment factor is good too!  As the sign reads…”Pedro Sez” !!

The second night, we should be at Mohegan Sun Casinos.  They have an RV area, I have to download and print an application form to give them when we get there.  It’s called the Turtle Lot.  Boondocking at it’s finest!  It’s only for one night, so it will work.  Then we are only an hour/hour and a half from our destination!  Yay!

So…the only thing left to plan is the Maine portion of the trip.  I extended my vacation time in order to allow Paul time to rest after the drive up.  Lots to think about.

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