Historic Sites of Newport, RI

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Friday, July 30, 2010

One of the downsides to sleeping in ones car in a parking lot is missing a few details when choosing a location.  Tip from Uncle Clay, don't park next to a rain bird sprinkler head.  At 0400 this morning a loud banging startled me out of a dead sleep.  Then it stopped.  I frantically peered through my windows, thinking I was about to be assaulted.  I grabbed my knife and prepared to defend myself.  Water was splashing on my windows.  What the hell.  This happened about 5 times before I realized what it was.

I hopped in the driver's seat and moved to a non-sprinklered location.  I never got back to sleep.  Oh yea, one other not so good thing, no toilet in the Wal Mart parking lot either.  That adventure in another blog targeting a different market.

I was beat after my full tilt hiking, biking adventure the day before.  I decided to do a walking tour of Newport.  I found out that Newport has the oldest active synagogue in the US.  Since I am a Hebrew dude I had to check it out. Didn't take the $12.00 tour but I did video a nice spiel from the lady that gives the tour.  

I found a tree branch and some stone monuments in a park and knocked out some pull ups, incline push ups, and some ab work. It was hot and the park had a few people sitting in the shade.  They all looked at me like I was nuts.  I joked with an older couple from Boston and invited them to do some pull ups with me. They just laughed.

I took my car to a local Citgo garage to have my tires and car checked out.  Good idea before I head into Maine and Canada.  To my surprise my ex firefighter friend that gave me advice about the Cliff Walk the day before was working there.  All the guys their were characters and we told stories and laughed.  I had them change the oil and give it the once over.  I walked through the old historic section of Newport and planned my evening's activities.

When traveling and having no hotel or home base it is amazing all the cool places one can find to accomplish many things while cooling off and killing time.  I need WIFI and information all the time so I hang out at the local library, read the magazines and local papers.  McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, information centers all have WIFI, bathrooms, and interesting people.  Nobody even cares that I don't buy anything sometimes.

When night time comes the party side of me wants to take over.  My two beer maximum drinking limit is definitely needed when trying to keep the fitness and nutrition side of my adventure in full swing.  I meet some of the coolest people in the different establishments of these funky New England towns.  

I noticed that a restaurant named Norey's had exotic beer from all over the world and an eclectic menu. I stopped in there for a 120 minute, 18% alc. pale ale beer.  It was excellent and the friends I made there were even better.  I walked out happy and buzzed.  I made it two blocks before I realized that I didn't pay my tab.  I ran back and we all had a good laugh.

The White House Tavern, established in the 1600's is the oldest active bar in the US.  I had to stop in there for a cold one as well.  The bartender gave a great talk and I also captured a real nasty girl going off at me for including her in the video after she said it was OK to do so.  I don't like being yelled at.

I finished the evening at a place called Pour Judgment and ordered blackened scallops with rice and vegetables.  $11.00 for five huge and tasty scallops along with making some more friends. What a great night.  

I was told to go to Block Island today and bring my bike.  It is cooler, thank goodness.  Got to take a ferry.  All the locals agree that it will rival the Cliff Walk.  It's 0730 now, the ferry leaves at 0930.  Stay tuned.
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