October 1, 2005
FINALLY!! The house closed on Tuesday!! After a last visit with some family on Wednesday, we finally left Orlando around 4pm. Well, let me back up a little bit. We wanted to get started earlier in the day, but due to a flat tire on the Blazer, we were delayed. Fortunately it happened right in front of my uncles house and he had everything needed to plug the flat.
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Now the goal was to get to Maine as quickly as possible. Because of winter coming soon, most campgrounds start shutting down in October. We spent the first night at a Flying J's truck stop in Georgia. The next day we only made it to Northern Virginia. When you're driving a big box at only 60-65 mph, you don't get places as quickly as when we were in the car! We also tried a detour just south of Richmond. We exited I-95 and went east to Hwy 13 and crossed the Chesapeake Bridge. The purpose of this was to avoid the Baltimore tunnels. However, it added a few hours to our trip. That night we parked at a Wal-Mart in Virginia Beach.
The next morning we crossed the bridge over into Maryland. Unfortunately, it was only 5am and we couldn't see anything but the bridge lights and complete darkness!! We'll have to come again on the way back down. Staying on Hwy 13, we made it back to I-95 and into New Jersey. Taking the beltway around New York City, we made it all the way up into Connecticut. We almost got lost in a cute little town called Mystic because there was a sign along the highway that said camping. However, once you exited the highway, there wasn't any more signs saying where the camping was! Oh well, we found our way back to I-95 and stayed the night in a Home Depot parking lot in Rhode Island.
The last leg of our long drive took us all the way to Lisbon, Maine. That's where Cricket's mother lives. A short visit there, then she went with us to a nearby lake and campground where Cricket used to go years ago when she was growing up. It called Whites Beach and Campground. I'll have more about it and some photos in my next update. But for now, it's time to settle down and relax after a long journey. Fortunately, there's only going to be short drives from here on out.
Until next time...