Soon, the Piscataqua River Bridge which connects New Hampshire to Maine came in sight.
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!