Day 30 - Erie to Brattleboro
Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
34Trip End Sep 23, 2008
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By contrast to many previous nights, it had actually been hot overnight and the warm bed gear was completely unnecessary
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.