Eastcoast Roadtrip 2013 – Round of three states

Throwback to the USA and Canada Roadtrip 2013: The second episode of this roadtrip begins in New Haven (CT) and since New England’s states are not too big, you can easily do three states in one day. The first stop is Mystic (CT) where you can have a look at the historic shipyard. For lunch and some gawking I chose Newport (RI), where the wealth of New England accumulates and the final destination of this trip is Cape Cod (MA), where I stay the next two days, before the trip continues to Boston (MA).

I continue, New Haven (CT), albeit of one of worlds finest Universities is not really a favorable place to live, not for a long time at least. At 11:00 PM life ends spontaneously, i.e. the streets get really empty, and everything of this city which is not directly on campus looks rundown and I heard the crime rate is really high if you leave the campus regions, where the campus police takes care to keep criminals off. The more it’s time to continue. Bobcat Cody woke me up early, he is awesome and I had the feeling I miss my cats at home in Berlin.

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The first stopover is in Mystic. It’s just a little village which became famous due to its shipyard. There is a relatively nice museum and it’s a nice place to stay for some hours, take a coffee, or like in my case, have some breakfast. It’s is nothing really special, though and you could skip it as well, when you want to push miles. As you can see, Indian Summer is there, the leaves of the American oaks shine in bright red!

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My next stop is Newport in Rhode Island (RI). It’s the place of the rich and famous, at least it was very dominant as a summer residence to those families. I enjoy my first lobster and I have to say, it is a delicacy which I would not be able and willing to afford in Europe. American pricing is just different, in regard to consumption, no matter if it is for cloth, electronic devices, or more or less luxurious food. The poor lobster was awesome – it’s true, New England is famous for its seafood for a good reason. What I love about America: Several older people wonder where I am from, when I skype with my cousin in Canada to assure that I will arrive in a couple of days – German accent most likely included. We get into conversation quickly. They ask me if the lobster really is as great as it looks. “Yes Ma’am it is!” ūüôā

The cribs in Newport are very impressive РI show you some shots in the attached gallery. You can certainly see the wealth of this region and you feel it in the pricing compared to CT in regard to tobacco, beer, softdrinks Рyour daily needs.

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At 5:15 PM I reach my final destination for the day, the half-island of Cape Cod. I stay in an Airbnb in Orleans with Julie and her family – she is not there on my arrival so I decide to head to the beach which I reach easily by car, passing through a dense forest. It is just beautiful and I decide to take a swim – it is not too cold after all!

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That’s me, just out of the water. It was fresh but not unbearable cold!

The day ends with a most beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. I love those moments, when I am alone, able to let the thoughts pass, not worried for a short time, just silent and in a status of meditation. It is beautiful and I feel blessed to be able to see all of this – already, although there is so much more to come!

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My plan for the next day is to spend the day at the beach. I want to talk to Julie later what she can recommend. The weather is supposed to be splendid with up to 25¬įC – a perfect day to enjoy these nice beaches and to explore Cape Cod.

Eastcoast Roadtrip 2013 – The arrival to New Haven

Throwback to the USA and Canada Roadtrip 2013: The first part of the trip from Innsbruck, over Frankfurt / Main to New York City and the first roadtrip to New Haven is tough – if you sum up the hours and the distance made. My first stop is the worldwide known Yale University.

28.09.2013 IBK (Austria), Late afternoon. My French tenants arrive in my apartment, I receive cash Рnot the desired transaction to my account. I finish to clean the apartment last minute. I bring my car to the University with all the luggage, from there I take a cab to the trainstation.

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Chaos, luggage and maps for the different sections of the trip

When the train reaches¬†Munich, it gets really¬†overcrowded with smelly and wasted Oktoberfest visitors, one vomits into the train as if there would not be any tomorrow, really awesome! In the middle of the night I reach Frankfurt, meet old friends of the family, who I haven’t seen for ages. At their home, where I stay for this night, I am pampered with delicious carrot soup, √Ąpplvoi (this is an alcoholic beverage made of apples) and we sit together quite some time on their balcony. Afterwards the deepest sleep you could ever imagine…

Servus USA, servus NYC, here I come!

29.09.2013 Frankfurt (Germany), In the morning everything works¬†in accordance to plan, just the transaction of my cash to my account won’t work, not even to my German account. My friends bring me to the airport, everything is routine. I buy a bottle of Wisky, The Dalmore Valour – it’s quite mild but very enjoyable.¬†Flying with¬†Delta Airlines¬†is really comfortable. The flight is great and the service outstanding – basically no wish remains unfulfilled.

Just landed in New York City JFK a little overdose of impressions overcomes me. Sooo many people, everywhere! And where can¬†I claim my prebooked rental? I get the directions, take the shuttle train to Federal District Circle, take another shuttle and claim my rental at 6:15 PM. Not really a small car – that was ordered (that’s great!) – I get a VW Jetta with quite some horses.¬†Many thanks to Lisa, who booked everything from Austria, everything perfect! A tad scary is the situation when I claim my rental and the nice bro behind the counter asks me, if I would not live in Oxford Manor, Archer Rd, Gainesville, Florida anymore – I lived there in 2008 and returned to Europe for five consecutive years without being in the USA. Big Brother is watching you!

Somehow I enter a status of trance now. The highway flies by, the lights of the cars are passing by like in a dream. It’s still a good piece of way from NYC to Westhaven in Connecticut (CT) and at 9:00 PM E.T. I finally reach my AirBNB. Short brake then I make my way to Yale Campus, where I meet Rolli, a friend and colleague of mine from the Chemistry department of the University of Innsbruck. We go to the bar BAR and to my surprise it has really good pizza and what surprises me even more… On the restrooms hangs a picture of … well see for yourself – uncovered boobs.

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Uncovered boobs in the USA, I wonder to find that in a bar close to Yale Campus.

Did not expect something like that at all. But you never stop learning, I mean as European you are not bothered by that. The interior with those cow skins reminds me a little bit of a Tyrolean hut. Another unexpected finding. Nice. I’m very satisfied, everything worked fine and yet in accordance to my bucketlist.

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Those cow skins remind me of the huts of Tyrol

In the meanwhile it’s 5:00 AM on 30.09.203 in Westhaven. I already slept short and good, but I will have trouble to fall asleep again, since it’s already 11:00 AM in Europe. Well, a sip from the Wisky and it might work. Good night America, good morning Europe.

Shedule ready, steady for GO!

The upcoming tour gets more realistic to me and I have read a lot during the last days… I am looking forward to what expects me on my travel. Indian Summer shall arrive by that time and in particular my planned trips to the Baxter (ME) and the nature of Ontario (ON) are tingling!

Will definitively leave out Algonquin State Park in Ontario, it’s way too far away! Time to leave in about 3 hours, directed to Frankfurt, where I’ll stay over night. Tomorrow by that time ET I will be close to landing in NYC… Unbelievable!

Roundtrip √úbersicht

12 days in the USA, 8 days in Canada so far – but plans are also there to be changed… I chose to go northwards first since the temperatures outside in the State Parks for hiking and swimming (maybe) by the sea in Cape Cod will be higher the earlier I get there. Indian Summer starts by that time, too – I hope for great views of unspoiled nature and colorful trees with snow covered summits. And my project No. 1 as resident of Innsbruck is – of course¬†– to climb on Mt Katahdin (1605 m) located in Baxter State Park (ME). I am really curious to start, hope that weather will last and no hurricanes arrive by that time!

Some figures for the trip…

Datum Location [distance / day]
29.09.2013, So Arriving NYC / New Haven [150 km]
30.09.2013, Mo New Haven / Mystic / Newport [170 km]
01.10.2013, Di Newport / Cape Cod [120 km]
02.10.2013, Mi Cape Cod Area
03.10.2013, Do Cape Cod / Plymouth / Boston [100 km]
04.10.2013, Fr Boston
05.10.2013, Sa Boston / Salem / Camden [400 km]
06.10.2013, So Camden / Baxter State Park / (Millinocket) [300 km]
07.10.2013, Mo Millinocket / Quebec [270 km]
08.10.2013, Di Quebec / Montreal [260 km]
09.10.2013, Mi Montreal
10.10.2013, Do Montreal / Ottawa [200 km]
11.10.2013, Fr Ottawa / Kingston / Prince Edward / Toronto [500 km]
12.10.2013, Sa Toronto
13.10.2013, So Toronto
14.10.2013, Mo Toronto / Algonquin Park [600 km in / return]
15.10.2013, Di Toronto / Niagara / NYC [800 km]
16.10.2013, Mi NYC
17.10.2013, Do NYC
18.10.2013, Fr NYC
19.10.2013, Sa NYC Returnflight at 6 PM, time to 3 PM
20.10.2013, So FFM / IBK