Sunday, April 9, 2023

Finally: HOME!

Saturday April 8, after 9 days on the road we finally made it home! 

(only cellphone photos today)

The last four and a half hours are always the longest. It was -5 C (23F) when we started out from the Service Plaza but the sun was shining. A brisk wind pushed from the side, which was not so good, but as soon as we turned onto Hwy 1 it pushed us faster and faster. If the road hadn't been so bad. Frost damage made it a very rough ride until after Machias, ME. Like riding a bucking horse!

Dixie was silently suffering and probably thinking "Aren't we there yet?" 

Around 1pm (13:00) we finally rolled into Lubec, ME,

we saw a glimpse of the International Bridge in the distance.

Border crossing was no problem either. 

Welcome back to Campobello!

Neighbours were waving at us.

Dixie was perking up!

Our house was waiting for us in bright sunshine. 

Dixie running in circles (zoomies) and then rolled on the brown grass. Finally! The driving took an end! 

It was of course very cold inside, but with the wood stove we got the temperature up within a couple of hours. Meanwhile we had our lunch in the camper. 

Peter checked. There is always a problem, right?

Power came on at once. Good! Fridge worked, microwave, range, light all worked fine.

But - no water running. Reason: the pressure tank had finally died on us - faulty membrane. It did not keep any pressure over 20 PSI. Not so good. 

It will be no big deal, though. We have our camper with water and drinking water, we have a well where we can pull out water the  by the bucket old fashioned way. 

Supper was served and very well appreciate at our dear neighbour. Thank you very much!

The beds were warmed up with hot water bottles and added thick down-filled comforters.

We slept like a rock!

It thought they had already bloomed off, 

but here they still are!

My crocus.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Around New York and into New England

After a quiet night we got up early and started out at 7am (07:00) to get around the "Big Apple". 

Again we managed to mist the turnout to I-287 N, but after a quick detour through a neighbourhood we made it on to the right track. 

I-287, light  morning traffic
Traffic was light and the wind favourable from the back. It blew us along to Newburgh, NY where we switched onto the I-84.

Spring is coming to NY

Hudson River Bridge along I-84 N

Soon we crossed the Hudson River and moved into Connecticut where we had a short coffee break.

Clock Tower, Waterbury, CT

Known landmarks all along the way

Hartford, CT skyline

I- 90 to I-290, then I- 495 through Massachusetts into New Hampshire until we hit the I-95 North. 

We definitely left the warm temperatures of summer and spring behind in New Jersey. Freezing cold was greeting us.

Traffic was more and more busy. 

Busy interstate through Massachusetts

"Everybody and their Aunt" seemed to be on the highway.

Our original plan was to stay overnight 
somewhere around Portsmouth NH, but the day was still young 
and the wind pushed us on through Massachusetts 
and across the border to Maine. When the wind got too gusty, 
at 4pm (16:00), we pulled the plug in Kennebunk, MA. 

Kennebunk Service Plaza "Moose"

Here, on the Service Plaza we will park for the night.
Parked for the night

After sunset

Tomorrow we will be on the homestretch. 

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Virginia to Delaware

 After reaching the Northern Shore of the Chesapeak Bay

we decided to stay overnight at the local Cape Charles Welcome Centre. (It actually was more like a huge truck stop over night.)

There was no time to go on a birding trip the next morning.

There was only time for a short stroll to stretch the legs after a days long trip.
Marsh overlook
The path was overgrown with wild Wisteria vine.
Dixie loved the walk around the green shrubbery.
Walking the trail in the cool sea air
We stumbled over a relic from WWII
An old piece of a canon and amunition
A bit somber 
The back of a canon from WWII
After the short walk we went to bed early because Peter found out 
that there was hardly any space available on the ferries to Cape May. 
Easter traffic, off course.
We only managed to get a spot on the earliest departure. 
So, the alarm went off at 3:30 AM!
Sunrise at Lewes Ferry Terminal, DE

After two and a half hours driving through the dark night the sun rose when we reached the terminal.

A screenshot off the live camera shows as we are pulling in on the ferry's parking lot.

Visible in the lower left corner is our trailer roof.

Lining up for boarding the ferry over to Cape May, DE
While crossing the Delaware delta I took a nap.
Off we go, someone had Easter Bunny Ears on their car.
Dixie was tired too, and while Peter was catching up on sleep after we had arrived at Cape May... 

After a walk Dixie was napping on her bed in the van.

While Peter caught up on sleep there was time for a walk along the edge of the parking lot, 

and was lucky to find a Carolina Wren. They never sit still for long. 

Carolina Wren (a quick photo before he disappeared)

Tomorrow is the big day. 
Getting around New Your!