1st Full Day in USA

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stayed overnight in a Rodeway Inn after we landed in Boston, before picking up car from Budget Rent-a-Car, as always at car hire places you have to go through the rigmarole of the assistant trying to upsell you additional things. Glenn, being used to this simply kept saying no, the assistant finally got fed up and because they didn't have the car we booked they had to upgrade us for free to a very large American 4x4, we have to use an intercom to communicate across the front seats. That is unless we are having a full blazing row, more about that later....

We had planned a starting point for our circular leaf trip, not from Boston but from a place called Mystic (Yes you may know it from the film Mystic Pizza). It was a beautiful starting place, an archetypal New England town. 

From here we headed to Manchester, where we were to spend the night at the Baymont Inn. This is where we had the row. Map-reading and co piloting in the USA is different to the UK, you really need to keep an eye on the road and the map. After a long day, friction grew between us, Carol felt insulted that Glenn was trying to do the co-pilots job and downed tools. That is to say, in the middle of the journey she refused to look at the map again, therefore map reading was over for the day. Glenn managed after losing his voice, to get us to the hotel. Something he couldn't manage after dinner.

Dinner was at a steak house 2 miles away from where we were staying, it was 2 turns along a numbered road. Coming back we took every single turn, over an hour and only found the hotel by accident. Carol thought this proved her skills were greatly needed. Argument over!

The dinner was superb, as with normal American meals it was much to big for our delicate stomachs, but Glenn decided it would be an insult to leave a scrap on his plate. This is a rule he has followed religiously every meal time. It is very surprising the amount of places that the pilgrims named after existing English towns. Today we went through Coventry and Warwick amongst many others.
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