Trip Start May 05, 2010
49Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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Weather: Warm to Hot, 26C Night – 36C Day
Well, our time on the North American Continent is drawing to an end, and Tuesday night we will break our last camp on its hallowed soil. Then two nights in a hotel (pet holiday villa), a train ride into and an in depth look around the Big Apple, and of we fly to Edinburgh in the UK.
Of course, all this has the potential to go pear shaped, as the shipper we have ended up with still believes we beamed the truck down onto the American Continent from the good ship Enterprise. Even after Gael emailed them photos of the loading in OZ, all he could say was that 'we do things differently in the US'
The trip up the East coast has taken us through the Appalachian Mountains and through various parks both National and State. The National Parks are generally more popular and draw bigger crowds. The locals from Washington DC in particular, escape to Shenandoah NP as its altitude gives some relief from the horrific humidity that blankets the east during summer. It proved to be a great place to arrange our ‘shipping out’, as the lodge there had wifi and any bozo’s (us) were allowed to use it.
The Appalachian mountains suffer from serious pollution. Since the parks inception not all that long ago air quality has dropped 80%. This means that from the outlook points all you can see is haze. Even the black bears we caught a glimpse of we’re wearing surgical masks.
To rate the scenic value of this East side of the country is very subjective. It’s all very green and rolling hills, but too civilized for our liking after the truly stunning scenery in the West .
Religious zeal is over the top by Australian standards, and as for national pride
Eating healthily is also something of a challenge when traveling through small town America. Walmart appears to have managed to kill variety. Freshly made take away, or the ingredients to make a simple nutritious meal (salad roll for example) are really hard to find. The last time we were able to buy such was at a Safeway store probably in Canada. May ‘the big man in the sky’ forbid that Australia go down the Walmart path. American’s will continue to eat themselves to death (closely followed by Australia).
Other than the above observations, we have had a bloody great time looking at the natural wonders of this country. We have enjoyed the company of the individual Americans we have met on the street and camped with at night. They couldn’t have been more friendly and considerate to fellow travelers.
All aboard for the UK and Europe.