Road To The Big Apple

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Howdy folks,

Today we only drove 200kms, but it was some of the most stressful, chaotic driving we have done. I took my front seat as navigator as usual (perhaps because I'm a control freak) and we headed out from Rocky Neck State Park after a chilly night. We stopped along the highway for a coffee before driving into New Haven, home of Yale University. Steffi was keen to see the Ivy League university, so we exited off the Interstate 95 and drove down into downtown.

The university campus is pretty big and takes up most of the 'downtown' leaving all the shops and business surrounding it. We weren't sure about where to walk first so we walked through the Common area and through the old Yale Square. We came back via York Street and the Grove Street Cemetary and had a quick look at Hillhouse Avenue before returning to the car. Before we headed out of the city, Steffi made sure she got her Yale shirt!

The rest of the drive shouldn't be complicated, but we picked a cheap motel on the other side of New York in New Jersey which required driving through the top of Manhattan Island and out again. Google Maps assured me of only having to make a dozen turns along the way so we set out on HIghway 15. Crossing into New York State, we successfully made the turn onto Cross County Parkway, but missed the turn to Highway 87 so we navigated back via the Saw Mill Parkway. OK no problems so far! At the bottom of Highway 87 was the turn to George Washington Bridge which is the double decker monster over the wide Hudson River and that's where we hit traffic. For 30 minutes we creeped slowly up and onto the bridge past roadworks and for the tiniest moment we were technically on Manhattan Island before the traffic picked up and we drove over to New Jersey.

Immediately the highway branched into several different exits and I was totally unprepared for it. We almost continued along to the New Jersey turnpike before we took the last exit and down into Palisades Park. Luckily we found some shops and were able to buy some food for dinner before we eventually made our way back over another two bridges to Little Ferry where there wasn't much around, but our motel and a huge car park for a Chinese supermarket.

It was only 5pm, but I was already exhausted! I can't say I will be any more energetic after what we have planned tomorrow in the Big Apple!
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