Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 7, 30 Sep 08, Portsmouth NH to Wilkes Barre PA

Wow, what a day today was!

We got up this morning and left our friends Steve and Kate's house and went back to Kittery, ME to the shipyard hoping to renew the base sticker on the motorhome four months early since we were here and had originally gotten the base sticker from here.

They were busy and after waiting for almost an hour they told me they couldn't renew it at this time. Wow, we could have used that hour.

We then headed south on Rt 1 back through Portsmoth and stopped just south of town and had breakfast (near noon) and stopped at a Market Basket (a really great grocery store) and bought some items we needed including some of the biggest sea scallops we've seen.

We went on south on Rt 1 and headed toward the ocean in Rye, NH and drove down Rt 1A to Hampton, NH and saw the beautiful ocean. We headed back to Rt 1 and stopped in Seabrook where we bought $3.399 gas on the way up and filled up, but this time it was only $3.359. Then we got back on I-95 and headed south until we got to I-84 in Massachusetts and then headed west. We went through Hartford, CT and then crossed into New York.

We stopped at a rest stop near Fishkill NY just before dark. We hemmed and hawwed and finally decided we could just spend the night there as one of the guys are the rest area said it would be no problem. Barbara fixed the scallops we bought earlier. Were they ever great! After about three hours at the rest stop we began to feel uneasy about staying overnight. Barbara "found" us a campground on the map about 3 miles off the highway just inside the NJ line. By now it was 9:00 PM. We headed on west on I-84 looking for that campground. Well, the campground wasn't there or it might have been a church or scout camp and was closed. Anyway, according to the map, there was another one a few miles down this country road so we drove on. We found a sign with a camper on it and foolishly turned onto the road. It was nothing but a cow path and had "no camping" signs on the trees! Worse, we couldn't find a place to turn around! We finally managed to turn around without getting stuck or scratching up the MH and getting back on the blacktop road, said a prayer of thanks and decided to keep going down the country road since it was the right direction toward home rather than head back. We crossed the Delaware River into Milford, PA where a guy at a quick stop gave us directions to a campground that was right next to the interstate! All after we'd driven 2 hours on back roads. Well, that campground wasn't there either (or was closed). So we headed on west on I-84 and the next thing we knew we were in Wilkes Barre, PA. There we found a Sams Club and spent the night there--at 1:30 a.m.!!

NY, NJ, & PA are really short on campgrounds. We've run into this problem before, but can't seem to find a solution short of staying in a motel.

What a long day!


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