Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Monday, July 23, 2007

We researched the best way to take on New York... there is no best way...

We stayed at a place called Princeton, it was very nice, quaint and friendly.  We caught the train into New York and arrived at Madison Square Gardens, from there you can walk to Times Square, Chelsea Piers and the shopping areas.  The place is heaving with people, traffic and buidings.  It is amazing and a definate 7, BUT if you want a more organised trip which is a little less manic then is has to be San Fransisco (only my opinion)!  Once you have sorted out how to get to places, it is fairly easy to move around.

Things they dont tell you:

The train system outside of New York is very old and slow.
The underground is very old, slow, filthy and lacks directions, so you need a map, check with staff if you can find any and ask.
Driving in is very difficult but can be done but the traffic moves very slow and you really need to know where to go, you have to pay for parking and it is not cheap , if you can find somewhere to park.
Buses run on a grid across from coast line to coast line and along, but not on every street. 
$2.00 gets you all around New York, for one trip, once you get off you pay another $2.00, there are passes and on the buses you cannot use paper money
Be prepared to be stopped by street sellers.
The city is very grubby and new buildings blend in with the old.

Chris couldn't wait to visit the Orange County Motor bike thingy, he is like an old groupy.  It is not far from New York City even though it is in the back of beyond.  We saw motor bikes and the garage, he seemed much happier after that. 

We then travelled through Pennsylvania to Ohio and on to Chicago ...  but we are having second thoughts about what next and replanning, let you know what's next soon !!!

Thanks for all your comments and look forward to the next ones xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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