Day 147 - Look Out For The Loons!

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End Nov 08, 2008

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Wal-Mart, Mexico, Maine

Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, October 12, 2008

We were up and away early, on the road for just before 8am. Our route took us away from the river and along the top edge of New York state close to the land border with Canada. It was really, really cold this morning and we were quite envious of the Canada geese that we saw migrating southwards.

After a couple of hours we reached the town of Rouses Point, Lake Champlain and the Vermont state line. A couple of miles on there was a "welcome center" and so we stopped off to see if they could give us any information on camping. There was a sign outside which showed they had wi-fi, so while Neil went in to get the information, Mel stayed in the bus and checked our e-mail. The women in the centre were very friendly and helpful and had made Neil laugh with one piece of advice they gave him - "Look out for the loons!" Not recognising the term for the black and white aquatic bird, similar in size to a large duck, Neil gave them a quizzical look. One of the ladies then went on to flap her arms about wildly and make a weird noise, before saying "You know, loons." Indeed!!! It transpires that in Europe we know loons as "divers".

Vermont is quite a small state and we had crossed it within three hours including a stop for lunch. The scenery was almost identical to that of northern New York with the addition of a few small mountains, one of which we had to climb up and over. And then by early afternoon we were in New Hampshire, which at its narrowest point is only about 16 miles wide, and a little further south than that our route across the state was just 30 miles long. We had planned to spend the night at Umbagog Lake state park, just before the Maine state line, but upon arrival had a change of plan. Not only were we ignored for five minutes while we waited for someone to attend to us, but they wanted $32 for a non-electric pitch, and the "shower block" was a ramshackle looking shed housing at the most two, coin operated showers!

And so on into Maine where we didn't find a welcome centre to enquire about camping. Just under an hour later we arrived in the town of Mexico where we came across a Wal-Mart. As we didn't know if the two state parks in the area were open, both involved a drive away from our route and it would be getting dark soon, we decided that we would spend the night there.

Miles travelled: 291

Total miles travelled: 13890

Days on road: 127

States visited: 29

National Parks visited: 19
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