Monday 19 June 2006, 9:35 pm
Sunday, June 18
Today we went to church at
South Coast Vineyard
in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We had been staying in Newport,
Rhode Island, and this is the closest church we found. It was
about 45 minutes away so we had to leave earlier than usual.
It was worth it. This was a very small church. They had lots of
chairs set up, but really only about eight families were there,
including us and the pastors. We met pastors Ruth and Richard,
and another couple, Glen and Mary. They were all very helpful
trying to help us find our way around. They also were full of
the joy of the Lord which they shared with everyone.
We did laundry this afternoon. We found a run-down "laundrette"
in a poor side of town, but we got our clothes clean. After we
left there, we found several other nicer laundromats in better
parts of town. But we did get to spend a few minutes talking to
the owner of this one. It seemed she might need someone to talk
We drove around the coast area of New Bedford, where there were
some nice beaches. But we didn't really see too much interesting
in this town, even though we'd been told about whaling museums
and other fun stuff. Since we're way behind schedule, we decided
to beat feet toward Boston. We'd been warned that traffic on
Cape Cod would be heavy after 6 pm on Sunday, so we headed for
Plymouth instead. Plymouth was a disappointment. "Plymouth Rock"
is just a large rock with the date "1620" added centuries later.
We took a trolley tour around the town and decided we'd seen
enough. We're interested in the Pilgrims and all, but we can
learn plenty about that without having to be in a tourist trap.
So we headed north around 6 pm.
We have seen lots of Boston before, and since we spent so much
time in NYC and Washington on this trip, we decided to skip Boston
altogether. We did go straight through the town, though, and we
went through a long tunnel I don't remember being there before.
Was this the "big dig?" I think so. It is certainly a lot easier
to get through the center of town now.
One of our favorite restaurants is
Warren's Lobster House
just inside Maine. We made it there by 8:30 pm, just in time to
get some lobster before they closed. Even the salad bar was
wonderful, which is unusual anywhere on the east coast.
We found a nice Econo Lodge in Kittery, Maine, but they didn't
have internet access so I couldn't post anything last night.
Monday, June 19
Today we "took a vacation from our vacation." I've been reading
Europe through the Back Door
by Rick Steves, and he recommends
doing this every couple of weeks when on a long trip. Anyway, we
had lots of errands to run: Mary and I both needed work on our hair,
my truck hadn't had an oil change since we left California 9000
miles ago, and we had a care package to put in the mail to Matthew
After dinner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we headed up the Maine
coast, and tonight we are in Brunswick, Maine.
Tomorrow, we plan to go to some point clearly on the Atlantic
coast (not on any bay or inlet), and dip our toes in the ocean.
Then we'll truly be able to call this a "coast-to-coast" trip.
After that, we need to turn back. Not counting the two weeks on
the Mississippi coast, we have spent eight weeks to get to this
point, and we have only two weeks to get back. In the next two
weeks, we hope to do this:
- Travel through northern Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to end
up at the Ben & Jerry's factory.
- Head north into Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and see if we can order
anything at Wendy's in French.
- Head across Quebec and Ontario to the Canada side of Niagara Falls.
- Detroit, Michigan to see
- Chicago, Illinois to see a