Saturday, October 17, 2009

Road Trip Day 30: the finale!

On Friday morning, 10/16, we were delighted to find the snow had stopped, and we were ready to make the final leg of our trek...Home! We left the Holiday Inn Express in Waterbury around 9:00 a.m.One of the first things we saw was this beautiful old church, just down the street from our hotel.
The roads were clear, and the traffic minimal, as the "morning rush" had already taken place. The hints of autumn were abundant.
I was so tired, that I slept through much of the trip; I did manage to catch a little of Worcester, Massachusetts' skyline . . .

And the tower on another beautiful old church! I love the ones made of stone.

As we came closer to Maine, the leaves were more colorful. Sorry...I slept through the "Welcome to New Hampshire" sign!

We stopped for a break where there was a sign that is near and dear to Hubby's heart! Dunkin' Donuts! We hadn't seen one since we left New England.
He was craving the coffee. As it says on the cup: America runs on Dunkin'." Of course, he had to have a couple of doughnuts, too.

Soon, the Piscataqua River Bridge which connects New Hampshire to Maine came in sight.
It stands proudly spanning the Piscataqua River.

And then, the sign that we were close to home!

The sign says, "Welcome to Maine: the way life should be." I guess I have to agree. I experienced many beautiful places and great food, and friendly people on our trip, but Maine is special to me. We live about 40 minutes from the border, and were back home by 1:30 p.m. I have mixed feelings about our return. I missed my family, but I loved having clean sheets and towels daily without ever having to do laundry; I loved having great meals, without having to cook or wash dishes; I loved seeing new sights everyday.

Just a few details about our trip, for those who've asked: We traveled 7,384 miles, we passed through 28 states (including Maine) and one Canadian province. ( Some states we passed through twice, on our way out and on our way back, but I only counted them once!)

We stayed at 2 Country Inn & Suites, 5 Holiday Inns Express, 5 Comfort Inns, 2 Hampton Inns, 1 Econolodge, 1 Howard Johnson, 1 Best Western, 1 LaQuinta, 1 Ramada Inn and The Stratosphere. The most costly stay was $132.00 and the most economical was $43.00. The most we paid for gas was $3.39 per gallon in California, and the least we paid was $2.17 in Oklahoma. Our best gas mileage was 34.2 mpg at 61 mph; our worst was 28.4 mpg at 44 mph (much of that worse mileage was driving through the Rockies.)

Would I do it again? In a New York Second--after I've had a week or so to recover, and if I could afford it. Hubby, not so much; but he did 80 per cent of the driving. What's our next trip? If we can afford it, in a year or two we would like to drive down to the Florida Keys., but that will only be a 2-week trip, I'd guess. And Hubby says it would be done in the winter time--a chance to get away from the snow and cold of Maine winter!

Again, many thanks to those of you who came along on this trip with us. I know many of you commented that you were enjoying it, and that brought me pleasure. Over the next few days or so, I know I'll have more stories from this trip to share with you; most nights I was just too tired to share more than I did at the time. But there were a few humorous things I'll relate soon! And I finally caught up on all the blogs I follow that I hadn't had time to read!


Jeanette said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have loved this adventure with you. It brought back so many memories of travel for me and has made me want to take a road trip so bad, I can't stand it. Thank you so much for taking us all with you!

The Retired One said...

Thanks to you for having the energy to report on your trip and for providing pictures to us as you was great living vicariously through you as you traveled the many miles to give us a glimpse of the many places I long to visit.

lakeviewer said...

Back to New England for the Fall. How lovely.

Steven Anthony said...

Wow what an adventure you had...thank you for alowing us to tag along.....

peace my friend;)

ethelmaepotter! said...

Welcome home! I've loved every mile of your journey, and will miss your travels greatly. The icing on the cake for me was the stats you included with this post! Thanks so much!

Katie said...

I'm sad your trip is over, I loved reading these stories and seeing the pictures.

Can't wait to hear about more of it!

One Sassy Girl said...

Fabulous! Glad you made it back safe and sound. I moved to the northeast and can't believe how many Dunkin Donuts there are. They're everywhere!!

Good coffee though, and I opt for a couple munchkins to spare some of the guilt.

YayaOrchid said...

Wow! I truly felt as though I were traveling right along with you. Now that's journalism!! LOL!

You have a lovely blog! I'll have to stop by and visit more often. Thank you for your visit to my blog. :)

Vodka Logic said...

Welcome home.. had a chuckle over the Worcester Skyline.. I live just outside Worcester and work in the city and never considered it had a skyline.. Boston and New York have skylines.. thanks for that.

Tonya said...

Cool! Have a blessed day!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Over 7,000 miles is amazing!! What an adventure! I hope I am blessed and able to take a trip like that one day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Joanna Jenkins said...

WELCOME HOME EVA! I loved enjoying your vacation with you via pictures. I can't imagine where you found the energy after all that driving to post all your great pics along the way, but I really appreciate your efforts. I enjoyed everyone of them.

28 states-- only counted once! Amazing. Thanks a million for sharing.


The Vegetable Assassin said...

HOW MANY MILES? :) Holy hell woman that is awesome. I'd love to do a similar trip some day for sure.

I've driven to Tampa from New York City that's my biggest road trip to date. I need to get on that! My sister and I drove to the Keys a few years ago - beautiful, so I say DO IT.

Lisa in Oz said...

I can totally relate to having mixed feelings about returning home...when I travel for long periods of time, it feels sooooo good to come home - but at the same time, I really miss having someone make my bed and clean up after me lol.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Glad you're back home safe.

Those churches are gorgeous!

dogimo said...

Coming home is the best part of any long trip. Every homey, homely line of landscape, each fold of the road as it grows more's something like coming out of a dream. Or maybe, recapturing one. I don't know about you, but as I hit the "two hours out" mark my mind is spending more time sprawled out on the bed at home, than it is driving! But safely, though. Even when one reaches the roads where one could drive the rest of the way from memory alone, it's probably not safe to try!

What a trip. Epic on a personal scale. Thank you.