So here's the table of days, where we stayed, how we overnighted, and what we did during the day in very short form. I'll be linking in the days when I backfill them.
I am not going to do cuts for the backfilled entries. Seems pointless as they won't show up on immediate friends pages.
Picture of Getting There.
Pictures while in Vermont.
Pictures of Going Home
|Date||Location the Day Ended At||Accomodations that Night||What we did during the day in extreme brevity||States or Provinces|
|25 June||North Platte, Nebraska||Buffalo Bill's Campground just outside town, during Nebraska days.|
Power supplies (good for grinding coffee)
|Packed 'til 2|
Hit North Platte during a concert
Camped in a thunderstorm.
Jet napped the evil, magical 3 hours, and then couldn't get to sleep until midnight.
Dinner at Italian buffet when the local BBQ was closed for the fair
Saw our first fireflies, lighting up amid the curtains of rain and flashes of lightening.
|26 June||Des Moines, Iowa||America's Best, hotel|
with HOT swimming pool (100F)
but AC in the rooms
|Breakfast at the campground|
KFS lunch for a gas stop
Jet didn't nap
BAD grill for dinner, good service, lousy food. Jet wouldn't touch anything until they gave him a plate of rice.
We all swam in the too warm pool
Jet was asleep by 9:30
|27 June||Warren Dunes, Michigan||Michigan State Park|
lots of sites all packed in with lots of people
purveyor of wood just outside the entrance
concessions at the beach
|We're only 700 feet above sea level!!|
Water haze in the sky!
By Davenport, IL had picnic lunch at Rock Island Arsenal. BIG guns and a playground
Jet napped too asleep to really see the dunes and the silver, still water of Lake Michigan spread like a sea.
Had a hard time getting supplies of anything but wood.
Campground, fire, pathetic dinner and no marshmallows!
|28 June||Niagra Falls,|
|Comfort Inn, right on Clifton Hill.|
As bad as SF's waterfront. aieeeee....
Bob Evans for breakfast
Changed driving plans and headed north
Clean freeways, slower limits
Sandwich lunch, bought marshmallows and chocolate
Checked into a nice, expensive tourist motel, the last of the cheap rooms.
Dinner at Montecello (great!)
Walked to see the lit American Falls. "Rainbow Falls!" dubs Jet.
|29 June||Niagra Falls, Ontario||Ditto yesterday||Walked to BrickLand (5 yrs work for a man we met!) all of us were fascinated.|
Walked to the Horseshoe falls via parks, the American falls, and through the mists. Mmmm... mists. Saw them up close. Lunched at a vantage point on the way back.
Swim More. Jet has admirers
Laundry and Lego Play
Cafe di Or, okay seafood cannelloni
|30 June||Eighth Lake, NY||Somewhere in the Adirondacks|
On the lake
Running water, screened bathrooms
Just up the street from a town with a real grocery store and drug store.
|Breakfast at the hotel|
Stopped at a railway that was opening tomorrow! dang.
Stopped early to get real groceries for dinner and breakfast
Found the CC didn't work and had been stopped, faxed instructions for replacement at the Inn
Got to the camp
Waded in the finger lake. Beautiful. Away from It All.
Cooked real food and rice! Yum!
Toasted marshmallows by the fire
|Alpenrose Inn at Bondville, VT||Beautiful Inn (all meals provided) with BnB quality rooms and gorgeous setting.||Pictures|
John's Mom's family reunion
Vermont Country Store
The Piper Played
Bromley Fun Park, too.
|7 July||Dover, NH||Comfort Inn|
Nice, modern, compact and CLOSE to the Fish Shanty
Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Visit with archangelbeth and her minx. Fantastic dinner at Fish Shanty... aaahhh fish.
|8 July||Rest Stop in NE PA||Running Water|
Plenty of White Noise
Curtained bedroom with child. :-)
|York, Maine to touch the Atlantic |
King Arthur Flour Store (in Vermont)
Diner dinner with an old couple that ate there every week and were wise enough to share a meal.
|New Hampshire |
|9 July||Paradise, PA||Best Western, Revere Inn & Suites|
Last room in the building (but for the usual king sized bed and jacuzzi)
Pool, breakfast, and a Palatial Handicapped accessible suite with handwand shower and seat
|Cindy catches up|
Dunkin' Donuts in the rain
Papa Pizzas and the cheesesteak
Reach Strausberg at 2
Steam Trains Galore
Ride in the countryside
Jet gets the Sodor Coal Station
Debate about The Book
Fed the Ducks at a posh resort
Local diner dinner with smiley fries
Called lots of full hotels, ours was a bit off the beaten track. Very nice.
|10 July||Huntington, WV||Super 8 on a hillside|
no pool but we were so late it didn't matter anyway. It was well above and away from traffic, so quiet and nice.
|Shopped a bit in Lancaster|
Stopped at the Alpine Pantry in MD for lunch at the table in the tar
Stopped in Cumberland, MD?DE and missed the train there.
Hit Ohio just to let Jet pee on the tire in a grocery store parking lot.
Boston Beanery for dinner
Last room at the Super 8, guy after John was even turned away.
|11 July||St Louis, MO||Super 8|
Walking distance to movie theater
Walking distance to dinner, too.
Microwave and refrigerator
|Drove to get to St. Louis|
Sad about no whiskey from Kentucky
Crossed the Mississippi (Jet laughed)
Saw Herbie: Fully Loaded!
Dinner at Ginger Buffet and Grill
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
|West Virginia |
|12 July||Topeka, KS||Super 8|
Right off the freeway
Microwave and refrigerator!
Belgium waffle maker for breakfast
Underground we find the Arch's 70's technology ride to the top! Wow.
Ride it, enjoy the museum.
Penzey's Spice store!
Church's chicken for lunch
Drive to Kansas City and have a really early dinner at Arthur Bryant's.
It was worth the drive. Okay, and the sauce and the rub. I recommend the burnt ends sandwich and the small end ribs. And I, for one, like the orange sauce.
Go as far as we can, afterwards.
Jet eats a whole package of soupy noodles in the room
Maggie Moo's for ice cream
See a closed Superior School Supplies. I drool.
|13 July||Longmont, CO||Home|
|Pedal to the metal for Home.|
One stop in the middle of nowhere and get microwave burritos and icebox sandwiches for lunch.
One highway potty stop.
Jet naps the last bit and is amazed to be home.
We stay up a bit too late enjoying the return
I'll link in the dates when I fill them in with what details I either typed or wrote down at that time. I kept a paper journal for much of it, as I couldn't draw with the Visor. I'll probably repeat this table on the 25th, so that folks can see the extent of it and can skip it they want.