New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, Oh, my!

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 28 ~ Day #79
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
3856 [4437]

Current Location: Hanover, Maine

Today’s Total Expenses: $ 93.41

Transportation: $43.50
Accommodation: $23.54
Food: $26.37

Rural America

After drying out the tent and leaving the St. Regis Campground, we continued on through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and into Maine. You’d think that passing through so many states would mean we put on a lot of miles but we actually only traveled 285 miles.

We got to see a lot or rural America and the Northeastern States are an eclectic mix of both old and new. It’s also easy to see the effects of both current and earlier economic downturns.

We passed several large factories that have been boarded up. You can’t help but wonder what was manufactured there, where the jobs went and what impact such closures had on the local economies.

What Makes Things Popular

Another thing we noticed were old and obviously abandoned roadside stands – probably fruit and/or vegetable stands – reminiscent of the 60s and 70s.

However, just slightly down the road, in some cases, would be a more modern version that was obviously popular.

Why did the old ones fall our of favour and into disrepair? What was the impetus to build new ones? And, if it was actually the same people just modernizing, why not tear down the old stand rather than let them look so shabby?

Stony Brook Campground, Hanover, Maine

We found a campground along our route that was reasonable and clean and so stopped for the night before heading into Canada’s Maritime provinces.

Where Does the Time Go?

Even though we felt we were giving ourselves lots of time, at times it feels like we’re rushing from place to place and not really “exploring” a lot along the way.

We thought we had built in lots of “family time” as well but that often seems over too quickly. However, we need to balance such visits with not overstaying our welcome.

We all know that having visitors is wonderful but it’s also nice to get back to a regular, comfortable routine.

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