Day 159 - Manny From Heaven
Trip Start May 19, 2008
176Trip End Nov 08, 2008
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We headed north on Route 9, crossing the Hudson River via the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge. By now the fog had lifted and the sun had come out but it was still bitterly cold. The KOA is situated just on the edge of Catskill Park, about 10 miles away from Woodstock. On the way there, we debated whether it was the Woodstock. (Neil didn’t reckon it was, but Mel was pretty certain it was and had to find it on Wikipedia later in the day to prove it!)
We arrived at the campsite around midday to be met by a rather terse woman
Our next challenge was to find a working phone so that we could phone the DMV and find out where on earth our paperwork was. Once we knew the state of play with them we could formulate plan B. You just would not believe how difficult it is to find a phone. We tried in the town of Saugerties but to no avail. So we headed back down the 9W constantly scanning the pavements and strip malls but no sign of any phones. We eventually found one at a fuel station, which Mel went to use while Neil filled up, but that didn’t work! The young lad at the fuel station asked the usual “How are you doing?” and completely hacked off at this point, we replied “crap, don’t ask”, much to his amusement. We guess everyone usually replies “good, thanks”, robot-like, with no thought to how bad a day they were really having! When we explained our frustration at not being able to find a phone, let alone a working one, he kindly handed his mobile to us and told us to call whoever we needed to
And so back to feeling dejected we continued on to the town of Kingston, a fairly large place with lots of large stores including a Wal-Mart. It didn’t have a large car park though and the layout didn’t lend itself to parking up for the night inconspicuously so we carried on to find the library. Once there we checked out more Wal-Mart locations and also New Jersey State Parks. We found a state forest with camping still open in north-western New Jersey near the state line with Pennsylvania; it doesn’t have electric but at least it has showers so that’s something
After a visit to the store to buy food for our dinner we returned to the bus with a huge, stodgy chocolate fudge cake to console ourselves with. We also cracked one of the bottles of wine that John had given us to drown our sorrows with. Nice! Cheers John!
Miles travelled: 66
Total miles travelled: 15171
Days on road: 139
States visited: 32
National Parks visited: 21