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The aim today was to drive to the Green Mountains in Vermont - the **** sat nav we've hired likes to take us on long routes so today's drive was 6 hours long! This included driving the length of Manhattan in rush hour in heavy rain and getting lost in a car park. Luckily ...
... A stop at Vermont's new information Centre gave us a chance to photograph some stunning colour (This is what the trip is about), snap our Tour Director , Lyn and Driver Tom, and a view in the far distance (max zoom) of Bennington Battle Monument, which was a decisive turning point in the war of independence. Pics 7-10 We stay tonight in the ski fields without snow just yet but looks like it could. Pic ...
We departed the Lowell area across Hwy 2 towards Western Massachusetts, entering the Mohawk Trail across the Berkshires. We were welcomed with beautiful color, muted by the rains, yet nothing like we have seen before. I shot some iPhone photos which are below. We looked for possible campsite but everything was shut down for RV's like us.
We continued south along Hwy 7 then crossed over Into eastern upstate New York to catch the Taconic Trail just ...
... of its facilities, sharing sofa space with an over-friendly boxer dog! Back into the car and down Interstate 91 - a very pleasant drive for possibly our last "leaf peeping". The colours in this part of New Hampshire and Vermont are much more vivid, the leaves still not quite into falling yet.
And finally into tonight's stop-off at Brattleboro (a pronunciation challenge for the SatNav). Our motel looked fine and dandy, but behind its wood-clad facia ...
... we saw, what we believe was, an Amish family picking up a few supplies which they could not provide for themselves on their farm. They certainly do live a simple but very healthy lifestyle.
Today we continued on our journey and would stay overnight at Farmington Maine. There were several beautiful towns and rivers on the route and we probably should have stopped and taken a few ...
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