CLOSED on Sundays (DC to NJ via Amish Country)

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Got up just before 7am and went down for bf, for the second day in a row I had a large bowl of fresh fruit. It was a great way to start the day as it is quite a challenge to try and eat healthy on the road which is for 36 days on this stint. We have done some serious distance days already (700km ) in some serious heat so lunch is on the run when refueling and then dinner somewhere close to where we are staying unless on a day off like yesterday and tomorrow where we have the time and energy to plan somewhere good. Last night we had Thai that was awesome and they had the Olympics on with the USA girls V Aus in the beach volleyball that Glen and I got right onto helped by the Napa Sauv Blanc, sadly we lost......
Anyway back to the ride, we left DC about 8am and rode towards Amish country at the town of, wait for it - Intercourse!!! On the way there we stopped at York where the Harley Davidson factory is located for some pics one of which is now our profile pic.
Anyway in Intercourse everything was shut as the Amish folk only go to church on Sundays but we saw a few of them cruising in their horse and buggies so that was enough for us. We then rode on and stopped at Starbucks for lunch in the next town which actually tasted ok.
Tonight is the first night of my accom bookings and it is a good new hotel at a good rate of about $100 inc bf, wifi and parking a 20 min train ride from New York, thing is it is smack bang in the middle of a run down industrial estate but we do have river views!! It is actually perfect for what we are doing as we were warned that riding and parking the bikes in New York would be a headache.
Both tired today and as we arrived here at about 15.30 decided to stay in and update the blog etc and order in some delivery Japanese food and have an early night so we have plenty of energy to explore NY all day tomorrow.
Thanks again to everyone for the comments, they really give us a lift. Talk again soon, Cliffy

So we didn't quite take the direct route out of Washington D.C to get to our next destination of Newark, NJ [NOTE: Cliffy I said we should go to "New YORK..." not "NEWARK" - they sound similar I guess ! Seriously, we planned it this way, maneuvering two big bikes in NYC traffic is not my idea of a good time and I've managed to survive over here for three years without a serious traffic incident - anyway that said, by the time we added up the cost of parking, transit time to get to NYC, stress and the fact that we have another four weeks or so on the road together it was in our best interest to stay out of New York City whilst on bikes.

So the run north out of downtown D.C kicked of with "Imagine" by John Lennon and included some choice Aussie bands like "The Go-Betweens" with Cattle and Cane as we rolled through the northern D.C suburbs....all leafy, green, lush and quite pretty at 8am with only 'church' traffic on the road - it set the tone for the day nicely. So our plan was to take in Amish country on our travels north-east to New York, sorry I mean Newark..... Again, a bonus on our was was also a quick stop at the H-D Vehicle Operations factory at York, PA.

A pretty easy run north on a mix of interstate and state highways got us to York first, where here we ran into a guy (Stewart aka "Stewy") who simply saw the Harley sign and pulled off to investigate the factory - he saw us in the car park, heard our accents and said that we had made his week with the trip we were doing (aka going round the USA) - in fact he was quite talkative, very talkative in about 20mins later we were still sitting there about to put our gear on and start the bikes when a very friendly lady came up to ask us what part of Australia we were from.... Bless her cotton socks, she made Stewy seem like the shyest person on Earth as she started talking about her first husband and marriage, Harleys, alternative medicine, Friends with Benefits and how she met her second husband... about another 20mins passed and Cliff and I both saw our window closing for trying to see Dutch PA before Newark.... Seriously, she was extremely friendly and helpful and we loved hearing her stories, but it's just like when you're running late for an appointment and you run into a long lost friend.... you want to hear the story, but you can't tear yourself away for fear of being rude.....Gratefully the conversation petered out and we managed to start our bikes without having to do it mid-conversation with...let's call her Sue......onwards we rode......of course to discover that the Amish being deeply devoted and religious persons wholeheartedly observe the Lords day of rest on Sundays....we saw two horse drawn buggys (better than none) - one of them had a cute little boy with blond hair cut in a 'bowl' and traditional Amish clothing looking out the back carriage window, as we rolled past I flicked him a friendly wave ....... and got the grumpiest scowl and sour puss face in return... totally unexpected!! Cliff saw it also... I laughed so hard I nearly fell off the bike !! The entire three townships of Intercourse (don't laugh, but that's why we went there), Bird in Hand and Paradise were closed.....Poor planning on our behalf....Continued to ride on and eventually stopped for lunch just prior to the NJ Turnpike for a good coffee and snack before eventually making it to New York, sorry I mean Newark (thanks Cliffy). Total mileage today was around 270 miles. Looking forward to NYC tomorrow for a day on foot. Cheers... Glen

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roadtrip_usa on

And having spent the day in New York (Fantastic City!!) Glen and I both said repeatedly, "man, I am so glad that we didn't ride in here"

Kerry & Ali on

Hey guys, loving reading your blog, certainly sounds like this in one adventure that is going to be talked about over many a good wine in the future, great to hear you are making friends along the way and spreading that Aussie culture no doubt.....

Amanda Anthony on

Has a joker card come out yet??

roadtrip_usa on

Hey Sis - Joker card came into play in Dallas, then again on Pensacola Beach.....both were well played :)

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