Day 156 - Where Not To Stay!

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

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Fishermen's Memorial S.P., Point Judith, Rhode Island

Flag of United States  , Rhode Island
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

We were up and about early and whilst it was still very cold, the sky promised us a nice, fine day. We knew from the map that there was a naval complex nearby, but it wasn’t until we heard the early morning bugle call that we realized that it was literally just across the road from us. Once breakfasted and packed up, we exited Wal-Mart’s car park and got straight onto the Newport Bridge, which was just across the road. This put us briefly onto Conanicut Island before another bridge took us back onto the mainland. Then it was a short drive down the 1A to Narragansett, a nice seaside town with a lovely wide beach. We parked up and watched the surfers while we had a coffee and a donut and got chatting to a young German student who was living and studying over here for a year.

Another few miles down the road, we arrived at Point Judith & Fishermen’s Memorial State Park. As it was only mid-morning, we asked the young lad on reception if there were any other sites further down the coast with electric and showers. He was a little vague, but reckoned probably not. So we decided to get booked in for the night and make the most of the opportunity to have the heater switched on.

Neil spent the rest of the day insulating more of the bus, while Mel wrote some blog and sorted out the photos. It was cold even during the day so we had the heater on most of the time and plenty of hot drinks too.

After dinner we went over to the shower block to take a shower, but what we found was not a pretty sight. They were absolutely filthy and quite obviously hadn’t been cleaned for at least a few weeks. The ladies was particularly bad, the walls covered in black mildew, the curtain dirty and lumps of hair and dirt in the mat on the floor. Not able to face using them for fear of contracting something nasty, Mel headed back to the bus, boiled a kettle and had a wash in nice, clean surroundings. Oh joy, another complaint in the morning!

Miles travelled: 24

Total miles travelled: 14920

Days on road: 136

States visited: 31

National Parks visited: 21
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