The Scenic Route

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Over-the-road travel has always been a passion of mine as the daughter of a truck driver. This particular tale is about a 3-day trip to New England by myself and my current husband in July of 2008. He had never before been that far north, and it was my duty to show him around...

Submitted: February 11, 2010

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When we headed out Saturday afternoon, it was scorching hot. We were headed to Danvers, MA -just outside of Boston. Anyone who knows me knows how I despise Boston, but it was the only Tier 1 hotel in my trip rewards program in New England accepting free reservations. We saw a cop car completely flipped over and destroyed and a regular vehicle that looked torn in half on the Jersey Turnpike. That wasn't so bad, God bless the victims, but then things turned ugly about 5 miles south of the GW Bridge: a line a traffic extending across the bridge, into Manhattan and all the way up the Cross Bronx Expressway into Pelham Bay. That's two hours we lost sitting in incredible heat with no air conditioning. I took some crazy alternative routes up and across the parkways, where commercial traffic is not allowed.
We only stopped for gas once, near Newport, RI. I had an intense dream about a foggy turned stormy summer night that took place over 150 years ago on a small fishing island named Newport. I had no idea that this Newport was an island until I did my research. But unfortunately, all I found there were rich white people, expensive stores and fancy cars. We were actively seeking a seafood restaurant in the sea-faring town, and we accidently -while slightly lost trying to leave the island- found "Flo's Clam Shack", a hole-in-the-wall, down home, run down place that looked perfect. Prices were high for a large pile - and I do mean pile- of assorted seafood, but it was nonetheless cheaper than  the fancy places we had passed. You ordered outside then got a rock with a painted-on number. When they called your number, you picked up the grub and gave back the rock. The numbers aren't even given out in order. The food was fabulous, and the accent on the locals had my travel companion cracking up. We were laughing and carrying on like young lovers do. Interestingly enough, it was a dark, foggy night in Newport.
Of course, on the road, we did the two things that we always do on road trips: talk/laugh, and the other thing. Anyone who knows us well knows damn well what the other thing is. We arrived very late Saturday night, and the Knights Inn we were staying at was unusually nice for a Knights Inn. We watched "Better Off Dead", relaxed and went to sleep.
On Sunday, we awoke to a cloudy, warm day. Our first goal was to hit Salem, which was one town SE of us. The people were nice to us and the Pirate Museum was informative, but it was a short tour and an expensive one to boot. I had already seen the Witch Museum and didn't like it. We briefly visited the Witch House and spent quite some time at Witch City Thrift and Consignment: we can't go anywhere without hitting the best thrift shop in a town! Salem is a pretty cool town. Our next stop was Lizzie Borden's house, where lack of funds prevented us from touring, but we bought a book that examines the case carefully and left with plans to stay at the house in the winter. Except for lunch and gas, we made no further stops until reaching our own "Devil House". We did cruise Merritt Parkway, the scenic route through southern Connecticut, but with careful manuevering though the countryside rejoined with 95.
Overall, the trip was fantastic, a sort of sneak preview for my companion of what New England has to offer. There are many sites we passed but didn't stop for that we plan to see in the future, and the laughter just didn't stop coming. I hope to have many more voyages with my companion in the future...


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