Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Arrived at the shippers withoout any tyrouble. However, as we were getting ready to go in, we saw them moving a car ready for shipping, using a fork lifft truck! Is this what we have set up for Stanley? No NO NO! However, it turns out that they are non runners, and its the only way to move them. Stanley runs fine, so he wont be subjected to such indignity.
Stanley was taken inside, we took out what we wanted to take with us (except for the map of New York, left that by mistake!) And with a fond farewell, we took a taxi to the hotel where we are booked in for the next 3 nights
On the way to the hotel, we got the taxi driver to stop off next to the ocean so that we could deliver the bottle of Pacific water that Shelagh collected for us, into the Atlantic. I moved to the side so that the sun wasnt direct into the camera, and of course the wind blew half the water into my face. Which is why in the picture, Martin is partly obscured!
Taxi delivered us to the hotel, near JFK. Its all we could find at the time, and although we later found others that werent full, in Manhatten, they were at horrendous prices, so we kept the booking we'd made. OK, we have to take the subway in every day, but at $2,25 each way, its not that bad!
After a lunch we went into Manhatten and wandered around, looking at things in general.A huge city, with lots to look at
Came back to the hotel, went out for dinner, and now its the end of the evening.
Mileage 130, of which 70 relates to driving Stanley
Martin's Manhattan moment:
So - its done
15000 miles driven from West to East.From Bedford in England to Bayonne in U.S.A. This leg has been much more relaxed and personally more rewarding than the first.In truth it was capable of being done (and indeed probably has) by a number of older cars and drivers from the UK if they had the determination to get over there.But the truth is I do not know of any one off hand who has. I recall a programme featuring the ubiquitous (?) and irritating Stephen Fry in which he was driving the US in a London Taxi.It was left hand drive and registered in the US.
A liitle nervousness lingers after leaving Stanley with warehouse as they had not heard direct from agents through whom I had arranged shipment home.They have the car and the registration document and I fly home on Monday,after which I have no control over situation - as if I have now.
We are in the Brooklyn district of NY - a concentrated Italian community and very busy.The accents and mannerisms are those we have all heard mimicked lots of times,but as always you can learn so much by the journey on public transport and the conversations you can strike up with people.
Its a different world but very much the same.