From Rhode Is. to New Hampshire via Massachussets

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Fairfield Inn Portsmouth Seacoast
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New Hampshire
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The first stop on the way is to be Marblehead and it's lighthouse on the North shore up from Boston harbour. What eventuates is a first stop on the wrong exit ramp when we try to bypass Boston on the highway to the North Shore. From there it is down a dead end street and then into the peak hour traffic (yes it is now getting late in the day) to try to get back onto the freeway. Finally we are back on track but the going is slow. We can see the lighthouse in the far distance so a glimpse is better than nothing and we turn inland for a faster route to our final destination. All the other little stops and sights are deleted from he GPS to enable the most direct route. "Well you have seen one beach side you have seen them all" we justify to ourselves, and in any case, there are still 2 more days of coastal drives before we head west to the mountains. It is dark when we reach Portsmouth and we hastily check in to the Hotel. Once we settle we ask the reception for a good eatery that she could recommend. She writes down 3 and offers for the complimentary shuttle to take us downtown. "No, that won't be necessary" we chortle in unison. "We have a GPS and our own vehicle". Nevertheless, she gives us a printed map with written instructions on how to get to where we are to go. We set off.It says take exit 5 (on the right) and turn right. we have turned right but there are no bright lights ahead. I think we will turn around because the turn right was off the freeway and not at the traffic lights at the T intersection. These are ridiculous instructions - there is nothing up this way either. No wonder they have a complimentary shuttle!! I am turning around again and this time I will not stop until there is some place we can eat at! Look, I knew if I had just turned that bend in the road (200 metres up from where I had turned around the first time) it would have all made sense. What a quaint old downtown. Here is one of the recommendations. We'll eat here.
The food at The Dolphin Striker (Dolphin Strikers were used back in the schooner era to protect the bowsprits from damage by the playful dolphins as they jumped high alongside the ships while under sail) was classed as Refined New England cuisine. The proprietor Peter DiZoglio had been serving the locals for many a year in his harbourside restaurant, and below the restaurant in the cellar (also now his quirky bar) is a spring-fed well which was uncovered during excavations in 1974 annd of which local historians verified as the Spring Hill Well, circa 1761.After dinner and a stroll around the old township, we head back to our hotel for a well earned rest. As luck would have it (and by reading the map/instructions upside down) we head south on Highway 95. That's funny!, methinks as the highway exit numbers are decreasing instead of increasing. Oh crap!! We are driving in the wrong direction. I'll turn around at the next exit. Where is the next exit? I'm definitely not going through that toll point. Whew! There is an exit just before the toll point. What! This exit leads to another toll point on the highway going east. OK! Pay the toll stop on the side and let the GPS take us back to the hotel. This is better we are off the highway system and on the country roads heading for the hotel. Boy! it sure is dark outside. Lucky we have the GPS. Oh! Oh! - that road is closed. I'll keep driving and the GPS will reset. Yep, knew it would.
I'm sure we passed that old building before. There's that closed road again. What the #@! Yes, I know it's really late Gail!!  I'll just hit the detour button on the GPS and that should fix it. Do you have a $ for the toll? Now we are cooking! Finally home. Lets go straight to sleep! 
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Manuel on

GPS!... Good invention!... But it does not drive for you yet!.. You still have to read and listen properly and take directions. Sometimes I feel to crack the
sh.....t of it !... when I go around in circles.

Keep enjoying life!

Leonie on

Ditch the GPS!

Beth on

Global Piece of S#@% = GPS We had the same problem in the US.

By the way, Pardon my french

Katherine on

Have lots of faith and patients !! Is it male or female. Cheers

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