To Where It All Began..

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
Trip End Aug 09, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, July 27, 2008

 Today started with a bit of trepidation about the condition of the rear tire on my bike - it's been looking a bit worn over the past couple of day, but when I checked it out this morning it was almost completely bald! Not a big deal as long as the weather stays nice but if it rains it will become interesting indeed. I have ordered a tire from a shop in Halifax so lets hope the rain stays away...

I got back on the I-80 this morning heading towards New York. Within the hour I crossed the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan and the traffic slowed to a crawl for a bit but, other than the heat, it wasn't bad. Heading into Connecticut on the I-95, however, was a different matter. What a madhouse! Speeds ranged from a dead stop to 140kph and back to a stop again, over and over. Once the traffic thinned, it became a total free-for-all, with no discernable speed limit. I didn't go this fast through the wide open plains, and this involved weaving across 3 lanes to pick my way through the cars. Nuts, but fun!

I stopped in New Haven, Conn. to visit the birthplace of the hamburger (okay, I know it may seem like I have a hamburger addiction, but when in Rome...if I could find the birthplace of smoothies I'd go there too) - Louis' Lunch. Legend says that in 1900 Louis Lassen, when asked by a patron for a quick meal to go, put a beef patty between two pieces of bread and viola! the hamburger was born! They still make them the same way here, broiling the patties in vertical gas cookers, and serving them between toast with onion and tomato. DO NOT ASK FOR KETCHUP - they will throw you out! Actually, they probably would - I found the staff to be surly and rude. The burger, however, was excellent; medium rare, juicy and flavourful, it was delicious. Served with potato salad and a birch beer, I was completely satisfied - it was worth the trek.

The rest of the day was easy riding - Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire quickly came and went, and I ended the day in Brewer (Bangor), Maine. Tomorrow should be a nice, quick ride to my parent's house, hopefully arriving by the early afternoon.

Total mileage today: 804km
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