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The Final Sprint: 4 states in one day

Friday, October 21st, 2011

October 1st

We started the day with a cozy Saturday morning breakfast with Michelle and Noah (Toby had left early for work)- warm bagels and cream cheese and a real cappuccino. After a rainy night, the clouds were starting to break up and we could see a little sunshine and blue sky. Hopefully, Michelle would be able to take a long walk outside with Noah to enjoy the day. We had a long day on the road ahead of us.   Our first stop was near Worcester, Massachusetts. We stopped at Wal-Mart to do a little Christmas shopping (legos and electronics for the family in France.) We had a quick lunch at Subway (it was too cold to picnic outside.) Then we crossed the state of Massachusetts. We finally arrived in Gloucester, where we had an appointment with our future landlord to visit our apartment. We rented a short-term apartment for a couple of months to give us some time to get organized and find a job. Gloucester is a cute little fishing village. It’s also the oldest port in the U.S. and our apartment is in the basement of a house on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. It seems like the perfect place to recharge our batteries for a couple of months while we organize our life “post the big trip.”

From Gloucester, we followed the coast up to York, Maine. It was a slow road, slower than we expected, so we cut back to the highway 95. Just at the New Hampshire border, we made a stop at the state liquor store to buy some more gifts for the family in France. New Hampshire doesn’t tax liquor so it’s the cheapest in the region. I guess we’ll make the trip up from time to time to restock our “bar.” We finally arrived in Maine. Four states in one day: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  It’s a big change from the West where you could spend days driving across the same state.