Day Thirty-Seven: New Jersey, New York, a good driving day

Short blog today. We were still a little emotionally spent from seeing the Flight 93 Memorial and the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial yesterday, so we just drove today. We stuck completely to the back roads. In fact, we didn’t go over 50 MPH until just before we got to our hotel.

Butbefore we get to today, I want to talk about the “guess how many miles we will drive on our Lap Around America” contest that I talked about here. Long story short – if you leave a guess as to how many total miles we will drive on that blog (there, not here on this one) you will be eligible to win a free signed copy of the paperback, A Lap Around America. I will give a copy away to the two people who come closest. However, I’m going to put a deadline of tomorrow, September 29th, to get your guess in. I specifically haven’t given any mileage numbers in the blog, because I didn’t want to give late entries an unfair advantage. So, if you’re interested in entering to win a copy of the book, go here and leave a comment with your guess by tomorrow at midnight.

Okay, so today, then. Of course there were still a lot of places we would have liked to see in Pennsylvania, but in the interest of making our return date of October 15, we moved along. Sorry, Philadelphia. Sorry Rocky statue and Liberty Bell and wonderful historical museums. Maybe next trip.

We stuck to Highway 30 again to start the day. We love how it zips through so many small towns. One thing we noticed today is how the small towns of the east coast are built so close to the main road. It’s not like that much on the west coast. My best guess is that it’s because these communities were built long before a nice, wide highway was running through the middle of the town, so as the road widened, it pushed right up against the front porches of the properties that line it. Whatever the reason, it gives a different feeling to what we are used to.

We took a couple of shots of interesting buildings before we left Pennsylvania today:


The red facade on the front is obviously new, but look at the rest of this building, which appears to be being used as a barn. I love the look of it. Here’s another:


We saw interesting buildings like this all along our drive today, but after awhile, I realized that if we kept stopping and taking pictures of them, we’d never get out of Pennsylvania.

Before we did, we stopped at another old cemetery. I don’t know what happened here, but the headstones were in terrible shape. Some had collapsed into the ground, while others had fallen over. It looked like this had happened years ago, and even though there are recent burials there, no one seems to tend to the damaged headstones. I have no idea why, but I find it sad.


After a few hours of driving, we came upon this cute bridge.


It helped us cross the Delaware in much less dramatic fashion than Washington, even if no one was there to paint our picture doing it. The Delaware is a lovely, slow moving river in this spot.


It’s hard to see in this picture, but downstream, there were two guys fishing in a boat. I zoomed in on them for a photo. Looks like they are having a pretty happy time.


I didn’t know much about New Jersey, aside from what is close to New York City. Today, I learned that western New Jersey is filled with small farm towns, rolling hills, lots of trees, and is perfectly lovely. Not at all what you would associate with something like The Sopranos. I was also pretty pumped that we managed to drive through quite a distance through New Jersey without having to pay a single toll.

Just before dark, we stopped in the Central Valley in New York. We are planning on hitting Connecticut and hopefully Massachusetts tomorrow.

Until then, safe travels, and cheers!





  1. I wonder where you’ll go in Massachusetts. There is a place in Stockbridge you might consider. I’ve heard you can get anything you want there (except Alice). And you could kill the rest of your available time in Boston without even trying. Obviously you’re skipping Rhode Island. 🙂

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  2. Sigh..Stockbridge and Boston are about 3 hours apart Al. In the middle is Sturbridge. If you like 1840s history you could check out Old Sturbridge Village but given the weather forecast you might skip it I think your journey through New England is going to be a soggy one.

    And really you are going to be home in 2 weeks?? Boo!!

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    • He doesn’t have enough time to visit everywhere his readers want him to, does he Rebecca. 🙂 Plus, he’s still going to hit that big snow storm going through the Dakotas so I can say “I told you so.”

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  3. Your first two photos reminded me of home. Thank you for the warm & fuzzy memories. (My father was a country cow doctor in Pennsylvania and I grew up going on farm calls with him, going to old beautiful barns like this.) Also, I meant to ask you if you saw bullet holes on the sides of buildings in Gettysburg? It’s pretty amazing to see how many buildings that are part of today’s modern Gettysburg that still bare the battle scars. Continued safe travels!


  4. Oh My Gosh – Massachusetts is at least a week long event. My husband grew up there. One of my favorites is the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge in the western part of the state. It’s on a back road! You just MUST eat a lobstah [lobster] roll! Freedom Trail & Old Ironsides in Boston, Nantucket, Cape Cod, my mother-in-law . . .So much to see and do – so little time.


  5. As I sit every morning sipping my tea from my window filled sunroom in Amman, Jordan I read your blog. It’s the reason why I get up early. Today was great, the pictures were amazing and they sufficiently made me miss the green, green grass of home (Idaho) compared to the brown and dust of Jordan. Thanks for a lovely read.


  6. I am so excited for you to tour a bit of Massachusetts, my home state. I love it in the fall, I hope you see some great colors. Sturbridge is a great stop for history and interesting gift shop. Enjoy!


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