On Sunday, our intrepid group parted ways. Cousin’s bike was still in Vermont and he and his wife were still in a rental car.
It was decided that Uncle and Aunt (who are retired) would accompany them to Vermont. They’d return the rental car and then ride Uncle’s bike back to Indiana so Cousin could return to work. Uncle and Aunt would then remain in Vermont and, when ready, would ride Cousin’s bike back to Indiana.
Meanwhile, my Brother and I decided to head back to Mom and Step-dad’s place to spend an evening with them before heading home.
Boy, we sure can complicate a simple vacation, can’t we?
The east coast version of the Coast Highway isn’t nearly as impressive as its western relative, but it was a nice ride and, at times, gorgeous. We even got to see a couple of Maine’s attractions like the Penobscot Bridge Observatory
For lunch, we stopped at the world famous Moody’s Diner for a snack and the best piece of Apple Pie I’ve had in years…including my own, which is saying a lot because I make a mean apple pie.
We stopped for the night in Fishkill New York. I asked the hotel clerk if she was embarrassed to tell people where she lives. She replied “not at all…then again, I don’t live in Fishkill, I just work here…”
The next day we continued on to Commodore PA and had a nice evening with Mom and Stepdad on their farm.
After one of Mom’s patented “you’ll gain ten pounds in ten minutes or less” breakfasts, I headed out the next morning and scooted for home. The GPS said travel time on the route it laid out was 6 hours and 35 minutes. I left at 10am and got home at 5:05. 7 hours and 5 minutes total. Not bad…but boy was my butt tired. I only stopped three times, twice for a splash of gas and once to check the GPS for a better route…didn’t find one.
By riding that hard, I was able to miss the various rush hours in the various cities I had to pass through and made really good time.
Anyway, back home again in Virginia safe and sound.
Days on trip: 12
States Visited or passed through: 12*
Beginning Mileage: 51981
Ending Mileage: 55666
Total miles traveled: 3,685
Sights seen, camaraderie shared and families ties tightened: Priceless
Tomorrow I’m going to put up a final post with some of the other pictures and perhaps some thoughts…but mostly pictures.
*Unique visits not including home state of VA. The route took me from VA – WV – KY – OH – IN – OH – PA – NY – VT – NH – ME – NH – MA – CT – NY – PA – MD – VA for a total of 18 state visits.