Day 30 - Erie to Brattleboro

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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KOA Campground

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Did we mention in yesterday's blog that the campsite we stayed on last night had a pet Goat and some pet Rabbits?   Neither of us had noticed then yesterday evening, although we suspect the third member of our expedition, Monty, had.   This morning he was up early, most unusual as we usually have to threaten physical violence to get him to stir.   He sat by the door and we assumed (wrongly) that he wanted to cock his leg.  He shot out, in the direction of the goat, with Philip chasing.   Fortunately, there was a high chain link fence between the two, which delayed Monty just enough for Phil to get a grip of him and return him, disgraced, to the RV.   He spent the rest of the early morning sat in the driver's seat, scowling at the goat, which stood defiantly braying in his general direction.
By contrast to many previous nights, it had actually been hot overnight and the warm bed gear was completely unnecessary.  Chrissy had spent most evenings preparing for bed as if she was in Camp 5 of an Everest Expedition, so we spent most of the night peeling off layers of nightclothes!  
Once underway, we passed quickly into New York State and into rolling, wooded countryside.   Our journey took us up and over the Appalachians and some splendid countryside, reminiscent of England.   I know we have mentioned GPS before and what a super tool it is, but this morning we both remarked how odd it seemed, looking at an instruction saying '.... Make a left turn in 252 miles ..."   As you can imagine, we had a long days drive ahead, through Quaker and Mark Twain country.   We stopped for lunch in a Rest Area overlooking the Tioga Downs Race Track and watched several horses going around the track pulling the buggies on which their jockeys (or drivers - I am not quite sure) behind them.
The woods were beautiful and just beginning to adopt their autumn colours.   Chrissy said that they had a little while to go and tonight's forecast frost might help.  For Phil, who is completely colour-blind, it was a spectacular fall scene!  The only other amusement on the journey was the New York State Troopers, who were more numerous than Quebec Police and every bit as industrious at collecting traffic violation tickets!   We pressed on, toward Vermont's Green Mountains, this time with Chrissy at the wheel and she had an exciting time negotiating rush hour traffic in Albany, capital of New York State.
We passed into Vermont in the late afternoon and it was so good to be back in New England again.  We had visited several years ago with the girls and had a superb holiday and the prospect of exploring the area again was exciting.   We had arrived on the western side of the Green Mountains, a part we had not previously visited, but they rekindled our memories immediately - we were going to enjoy the next day or so.
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