Eight lane highway into New York made life interesting. Lisa, the amazing one, found a Best Western in Newark, close to Penn Station with free parking. Guess in NY they park on metal lifts that are elevated three rows high. Space savers! Our bus made them shake their heads but they found us a regular parking spot. The hotel was nice but we both said that we slept better in our bus Oregon. The showers made the difference!
New York. You probably either love it or hate it. We were filled with wonder by the buildings, the people and just the sheer size of it all. After a day of navigating (let's mention that we walked around some blocks more than once) we were tired. Feet, legs and heads took a beating. Madame Tussaud's wax museum, Time Square, Body exhibit (now we both know what out arthritic bones look like), the Big Bus tour, Top of the Rock and a 6 mile bike ride in Central Park and we hobbled home.
Second day: Brooklyn Bridge walking tour with#Inside Out Tours was amazing. Most fun we had while being in NY and part of the New York pass. (By the way we recommend the NY pass!) We stopped by Jaques Torres chocolate store. To get: Frozen hot chocolate!! It's not hot but cold and delicious. Took a seat on the grass in a park and ate NY pizza. Do you notice a food theme?
Statue of Liberty: a picture moment. Ellis Island: I know at least one family member that stepped onto Ellis Island back in the 1800 , dug for gold, worked in the silver mines in Nevada and returned home to Sweden with black lung decease. We did Coney Island and as Lisa put it "we didn't have to pay to check out the freak show". However, cool place outside the city!
4th day: planned little Italy and Chinatown but we had our fill and chose to make videos instead. Besides, our feet thanked us!
Now we are sitting in Plymouth, Massachusetts outside Walmart. Movie time and then goodnight.
Boardwalks are fun for a second. Ocean City and Seaside Heights gave us t-shirts, pizza and waves. 7 dollars to get bruised and beaten by the waves at Seaside. Ocracoke was fun and beautiful and Seaside was terrifying! Had my head pushed into the ocean floor and a ton of sand in our swimsuits. Came out alive to live another day but barely. Just want to say if you are planning to come this way, avoid Atlantic City. Besides the trouble finding a parking space, the boardwalk itself is not fun at all. Went to the casino to at least play the slot machines and realized that the time of playing quarters are gone and there are no one arm bandits. So sad face all around.
Our days are so packed with experiences and impressions that unless you write everyday, you will forget some of the things you really wanted to put down in print. The memories and moments will always be with us and will certainly pop up now and then. We are already leaving New York...after three days our feet ache and we are ready to leave this wonderful but extreme city.
Outer banks = happiness. Frisco campground meant saltwater winds and cool evenings. Took the ferry to Ocracoke island and had peel and eat shrimp, fig cake (if you ever go you should try the fig cake!) You should also visit "Books to be red". A regular old house with the owner sitting in the rocking chair on the front porch. Store is filled with eclectic and fun things and books. We spent the time on the ferry trip back to Frisco preparing for dinner. Dinner that night, fresh stir fried veggies. First time Lisa had beets and first time I had striped beets.
We would skip much of the Outer Banks. Neither one of us care much for the real touristy stuff. Nags Head, thumbs down but go down to Corolla and Carova Beach. It's going to be another vacation down the road. We did the jeep and kayak tour, saw the house belonging to Dollar Tree....have low prices, sell loads of stuff and become a millionaire! Wild horses roam the protected national seashore. Saw the bachelor horse kicked out of the harem, a newborn foal and the mare. The day was gorgeous and the ride bumpy.
Found Ducks Donuts on the way out of town and have the t shirt and extra pounds to prove it. We looked for other franchises and vowed to stop in Avalon. And yeah....we did. Donut made to order with peanut butter icing, coconut and salted caramel drizzle for me and chocolate icing, coconut and salted caramel icing for Lisa. To die for!!!!!!
If you are ever on a road trip and wonder where you should stop to eat.
Tupelo Honey Cafe Asheville : http://tupelohoneycafe.com (Recommendation meatloaf and brussels sprouts)
Biscuit Love Nashville: http://biscuitlove.com/menu/
The Tavern in Old Salem: http://thetaverninoldsalem.ws (chicken pie and gingerbread cake with lemon ice cream)
Winkler Bakery: http://www.oldsalem.org/building/winkler-bakery-2/
SMacnallys in Ocracoke, NC: http://www.outerbanks.com/smacnallys-raw-bar-and-grill.html
Bobby's Burger Palace: http://bobbysburgerpalace.com
And let's not forget!
Ducks Donuts: https://duckdonuts.com BEST donuts ever!!
Saw a bear. So, never thought seeing a bear would be on my bucket list but I added it after seeing this cute little black bear on the side of the road! Excitement!!!
Missouri....a hug from a friend in Joplin and Cottin, travel companion, was dropped off in Sarcoxie and we were on our way. What to say about Missouri...it's a pretty drive but a bit hot and humid. Spent the night Wappapello. Mosquitoes and such! Happy to drive over the Mississippi (would have had awesome video but I forgot to turn on the GoPro (Ahnika, you know me)).
Tennessee gave us torrential downpour, Paula Dean invited us in for breakfast but we skipped Dollywood. This makes it perfectly clear of what kind of people we are.....or aren't. Onto Highlands NC to relive memories, Dry Falls, Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. Loving driving as fast as I can around those bends but of course only as fast as Oregon allows (Oregon is our trusted VW Eurovan, rented from the nicest of nice couples in Denver, Rocky Mountain Campervans) Landed in Asheville with drum circles and dance and a fantastic Walmart to sleep at. Kid you not!
North Carolina. Only day I got road grumpy but seriously it was a lot of driving. Stopped in Old Salem And ate chicken pie at the Tavern. Highly recommended! Bought Moravian cookies and kept on driving until we reached Frisco, Outer Banks at 11 pm. Heard the waves and all was well!💜
2 hour wait in the heat but kind of fun thing to do if you are a Nashville fan.
Feedlots and Jesus in the wheat. Makes a vegan out of a die hard meat and potato eater. We almost wish we could add smell to this site but the image itself burns itself into your memory. Kansas is flat and well, flat. A bit boring if you're not traveling with a person that comments on things at the exact same time as you, confuses grocery stores with s'mores factories, makes me laugh so much I cry and takes over the wheel when my eyes cross. Spent the night at our first WalMart with a half a dozen semis that kept their engines roaring the entire night (think there might be some hearing loss from that night). I had forgotten the people that hang out in Walmart at one in the morning! Hmmmm oh I guess we hung out at Walmart at one a.m!!
We will load videos when we have reliable wifi :)