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Days 14 to 17 – Serious Road Tripping!!

Nashville, Tennessee to Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine.

sunny 33 °C

Days 14 to 17 were serious road tripping days encompassing over 1,365 miles and 8 states (Out of Tennessee into Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and finally Maine). An average of 341 miles per day. At 55mph.... Although we did hit 64mph downhill at one stage!!

We stayed over at four different campsites including Gettysburg, the site of the most famous and most important American Civil War battle which occurred over three hot summer days, July 1 to July 3, 1863, around the small market town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. What began as a minor skirmish ended up involving over 160,000 Americans.
Unfortunately in order for us to get up to Maine and back down again to New York in time to spend at least a day in the Big Apple, the battlefield tour had to be binned.... (“Yeehaaa...” Siobhan said!!)

The landscape changed time and again as we journeyed north with some classic country mansions and estates worth millions viewed from the windows of the Beast as we sped by at 55mph!!
Tom Tom kindly assisted us around this time by taking us on a few ‘scenic detours’ which no self respecting 33ft camper van should ever attempt.... But being British, we gave it a go... Much to the amusement of some of the locals... This inevitably made us late into the campsites, but as we were merely parking up, showering, sleeping and setting off early again , it didn’t really matter.

As you can imagine, we sampled a variety of fast food joints along the route (I can highly recommend Waffle Houses!!). Siobhan's more your Burger King person... Couldn't hack the double Whopper with large fries though... Girly!!

It was also fun to see the number of British town and city names as we rumbled along. Manchester, York, Chester, Amesbury, Salisbury, Bristol, Glasgow, Northampton... You name it, they were probably there!! The original settlers reminding themselves of home... Have to say Manchester, New Hampshire was a lot warmer than the real Manchester ever is!!

We eventually reached Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine about 1530hrs on day 16. The end of the Gump element of the tour (Forrest Gump’s run from Santa Monica Pier in California to Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine).
The total mileage to this point was 4479 miles. Chatting with the lovely old couple in the lighthouse museum, they confirmed that many ‘Gump’ fans visited the lighthouse every year, but they had never heard of any that had travelled the whole distance in one go, in a camper van... Mark that one up to the Locky’s!!!

The sense of achievement, in having completed such an epic journey across 13 states incorporating Hollywood, Universal Studios, the streets of San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, The Grand Canyon, Elvis’s Graceland, Sun Studio and downtown Memphis, downtown Nashville and now finally the beautiful State of Maine, was immense.
To finish such an epic journey we sampled the local Maine lobster just down the road in lovely Tenants Harbor, watching the boats coming in and out.

Then as befits our road trip, it was a longer than expected drive back to Augusta in Maine to overnight before heading south to the Big Apple and then home!!

However, the plan changed again with rebellion in the ranks!! Siobhan 'demanded' a chill out... Just because it was raving mad hot and we were driving past lovely beaches, she felt she deserved some SUN time... Me, with my ginger genes (thanks Dad... RIP) was not that bothered. Siobhan won.

After laying down the law and setting a 'we are setting off no later than 1215hrs deadline', at 1230 hrs we eventually got back to our sauna of a Beast after burning the soles of my feet on the red hot sand. (looked like a right looney hopping from foot to foot trying to reach some shade!!) Back in the Beast, Siobhan freshened up with yet another 'Nepal shower' (wet wipes to you and me...) and we were off.

On the road again for a place called Delaware Gap, 362 miles away and just over the State Line from New Jersey with easy access to the Park and Ride into NEW YORK CITY.... Or so we thought....

Siobhan will continue the final concluding part of the 'The Great LA 2 NY Road Trip - The Gump Tour 2010'....

Posted by Simon Lock 08:23 Archived in USA

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