Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 5th and 6th. Bar Harbor to Massachusetts

Due to the Hurricane Mathew, we changed our trip to go further west instead of through the Carolinas and the Georgia Coast. Our new plan is to head back to Massachusetts for two nights, return to Florida, New York for three nights, on to Virginia for one night then to Chattanooga, Tennessee for three nights. After that we will probably spend one night in Georgia and then on to Cape Coral. Hopefully we won’t have any damage at home in Cape Coral.

October 5th

We got an early start out of Bar Harbor so that we could have a somewhat easy drive to Monson, Massachusetts. It ended up an easy drive but the tolls ended up over $60.00. Wow!

We were warned numerous times by the campground staff not to follow the GPS. I now know why. Even though the route they gave us was longer, we could have gotten ourselves stuck. The campground is situated on a ridge that has numerous roads heading up to it. However only one going around the backside would be passable with a rig our size.

After setting up camp, we dropped the Jeep and headed to Springfield to tour the Springfield Armory Historic Site. It is a very interesting place with tons of history. I guess the government got out of the gun manufacturing business in 1968.

October 6th

We got up and decided to take a color tour of Northern Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, and Southwest New Hampshire. We took backroads all of the way up. Our first stop was Wilmington. What a cute town. We did a 3 and a half mile hike on the west side of Harriman Reservoir. We had a nice lunch right by the water with views of Wilmington. After that we took Highway 9 over Hogback Mountain to get the “100 Mile View”. There are not enough adjectives to describe the views.

The trees have definitely peaked in Vermont. We crossed the Connecticut River into New Hampshire and took backroads down into Massachusetts. 

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