SIGHTSEEING IN HISTORICAL PLYMOUTH - Saturday, October 23, 2004
My plans to tour Nantucket are foiled by both poor weather and costly ferry fees, so, I opt to tour Plymouth, MA instead. After a short drive I arrive in Plymouth, park the van, then grab a variety of information pamphlets from the city's Visitor Center to help me plan my touring day. After a short review of my materials, I decide to see three main sights, the National Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth Rock (of course), and The Mayflower II. I may or may not add on to my agenda, we'll see.
From the Visitor Center I walk many blocks to the National Monument to the Forefathers. The monument proves be quite impressive, in both size and in the message it conveys in its statues and writings. I walk back to the waterfront and tour Plymouth Rock. It's a quick one, because other than the rock, there isn't much else there to see. Lastly, I mosey on down the harborside to The Mayflower II. Turns out, the ship is an incredible floating museum, mirroring the original Mayflower in design and function.
After touring the boat, I decide to call it quits to my sightseeing day, it's cold out and I'm feeling somewhat discouraged. Discouraged from the cold weather and from the thoughts of visiting NYC, the next planned stop of my trip. After some thought, I decide to skip NYC and drive south for warmer weather. After many hours of driving, I pull over in the wee hours of the morning, and overnight at a NJ Turnpike rest-stop, just north of Trenton NJ.
A DAY OF DRIVING - Sunday, October 24, 2004
At a rest-stop off the NY Turnpike a tractor-trailer lends an unwelcome hand, the noise of its diesel engine rings in my ears, and quickly pulls me into the land of the conscious. I hit the road and head south to Washington, DC. On the way I encounter my fair share of boring interestate and costly tolls. Sadly, the only driving highlight is my crossing of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I end up in Laurel, MD and overnight at a Wal-Mart.
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