New England byways

As I mentioned in my previous post, we took the ferry from Orient Point on Long Island to New London, Connecticut. The ferry crossing took about 1 hour and 20 minutes and was very smooth. Being a weekday and just before school gets out for the summer, there were not many other vessels on the water.

They say in New England, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. As beautiful as it had been on the crossing, we were taken by surprise when in western Massachusetts we could hardly see the road. There were some tense moments trying to see the lane markings and avoid merging vehicles on the interstate.

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Rivers of water ran under our feet as we fueled the car at Lowell, Mass. We had hoped to make a quick diversion to the cemetery where Jack Kerouac is buried, but we chose to not get soaked and muddy. Sorry Jack!

We made Maine before dark and had time to look around Freeport before finding dinner. L.L. Bean dominates the region and I was a little surprised at the endless outlet stores that have sprung up in downtown Freeport. I must admit though, that they have done it pretty well and maintained the character of the town.

Although we did look at some of the shops and even make purchases, our primary purpose was to enjoy light houses, wild blueberry pie, lobster, clam chowder and haddock. In all these pursuits we were successful. Off to Burlington Vermont tomorrow…

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