Our mission over the next two weeks was to visit the North Eastern Seaboard States. First stop was Delaware and Cape Henlopen State Park at Lewes, Delaware. It was a fairly quick stop of two nights but the State Park was beautiful nestled along the Atlantic Ocean.
We explored the park and the surrounding towns, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes on our bicycles. Taking a little time off the bikes to walk on the beach. Since it was early spring the boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach was almost empty and the historic downtown of Lewes was basically empty. This was a quaint little downtown and they market themselves as the First Town in the First State of the USA.
Continuing our travels, we boarded the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and sailed across the opening of Delaware Bay to our next home in Cape May, New Jersey. It is so weird ( and fun ) being on a ferry with our home!! This was not a long ferry ride, but was a nice way to spend an hour and, we were even visited by some dolphins as we neared the New Jersey coastline.
With Cape May being a cycling friendly town we explored the point, the lighthouse, as well as the colonial style cottages and homes of the New Jersey seaside resort town all on our bicycles!!.
So, to get from the southern tip of New Jersey to Connecticut, there is ONE big problem in the way. New York City. Not a large motorhome friendly place, so we took a wide berth around it ( and paid $22.50 to cross a very short bridge ) and spent a night north of Philadelphia at a Harvest Host winery.
It was a beautiful old dairy farm turned into Bishop Estate Winery, a very peaceful farm stay, with some good wine too! From here, our next night was outside Hartford, Connecticut at a Boondockers Welcome place. It was definitely an “interesting” place. We were parked in the driveway of Turkey Hill Farm (not really a farm, it was just located in Turkey Hill),in a very muddy yard due to all the rain they had in the area.
The owner invited us to have some beer with this friends in the driving shed, (we think they had been drinking for awhile) things got slightly out of hand, which led to a HUGE roman candle fire within 10m of our house! With drunk drivers coming and going, and arguments happening we were glad that they finally left and we were able to get to bed. We were happy to leave the next morning.
Onward and Northward to Rhode Island. This was a very interesting old campground that was out the back end of a small town called Pascoag. The entrance was basically through a farm yard and we think we are the biggest rig they have seen. The only good thing was that we were close enough to our Aunt and Uncle, Ruth and Terry Kropf and it just happened that they were home so they made the 45 minute drive down to see us. We had a wonderful afternoon visit in our home and then an excellent Thai dinner in town, it was so good to see them! the next morning when we left the hydro line that hung over the driveway was lower on the way out and we ended up catching our antennae on it and ripped it off. Needless to say, we were not impressed!
In New Hampshire we stopped for a couple nights at a nice little campground where we were able to get a nice long cycle and see the surrounding area. Larry also had to do some repairs here. The first one was to patch the hole that the broken antennae left in the roof, as well as change a flat tire on the trailer.
With one more place to stop before entering back into Canada, we spent the last 4 days just outside Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park. With it being early in the season the only RV park that was open was the Narrows II, just across Mount Desert Narrows, which gave us a great view of the tide coming and going during the day. With the weather being a little cool we decided to once again rent a car. Since we were right beside the Bar Harbour airport, where there was a rental spot it was very easy!
Turned out this was a very good idea, as it would have been very cold motorcycling around Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The first outing into Acadia did not disappoint with stunning views of the Narrows and the Atlantic Ocean! Then we went for a hike on Gorham Mountain which gave us more spectacular views of the ocean and the rugged coastline. Continuing over the small peak we walked down the other side where we connected up with the Beehive trail.
This was an amazing hike that we had to do some scrambling and ladder climbing to get down, slightly treacherous! When we arrived at the trailhead at the bottom we read a sign that said to only go UP this way due to the dangerous climbing. We had started at the exit (where there was no warning sign) and did the trail in reverse, just for an extra challenge! After finishing the hike at a small beach we headed back to the car to finish the circumference drive of the island. What an awesome day. The next day we hiked up Cadillac Mountain. This is the highest peak in the park, and what a stunning view of the island and the surrounding water and coastline. From the peak we hiked down into the valley and then up Door Mountain to its peak before walking back down to the trailhead and our car. It is a beautiful place and since it was the end of April it was not very crowded which makes hiking even nicer. On our last day the weather was worse than the last two days, so it was time to head into town and try some clam chowder and lobster rolls. Such a nice way to finish our Acadia National Park experience.
Our third snowbird winter was now officially complete and it was time to cross back into Canada at the most easterly land crossing at Calais, Maine and Saint Stephen, New Brunswick!