1) We left our bike tire pump in Branford, CT (It's really unusual for us to leave anything behind as we have a very careful system where we BOTH take responsibility for checking) Still don't know exactly what happened or where we left it - we just didn't have it when we got ready to ride in New York.
2) Had a little incident with the bike rack in New York which we thought we fixed with bungee cords and duct tape. Ultimately, we ended up ordering a new one through a terrific bike shop near our house in Southwest Harbor, ME. The guys at Southwest Cycle were great!
3) Our major issue with the car is well documented in this post! We will be forever indebted to Girlington Garage in Burlington, VT for their kindness.
4) I was sick much of the first week we were in Woodstock, Vermont. Still not 100% sure exactly what it was, but I was miserable for several days. While still in Woodstock, I ran into a chair and was fairly certain I'd broken two toes on my right foot as they IMMEDIATELY swelled and turned purple. After a few minutes, I could move them and oddly enough, it wasn't long until they stopped hurting. By the next morning, I could get my shoes on. But they sure were ugly and if you look real close, you can still see traces of the discoloration.
5) And speaking of feet, Bill is having a problem with his right foot and it was quite painful on a few of the days. He was a VERY good sport, but there were a couple of times, he could hardly put any weight on it at all. This issue still has not resolved itself completely although anti-inflammatory meds are helping. I suspect he'll end up going to the doctor.
6) For some odd reason (perhaps because he was up at 3:45 a.m. to catch a flight to meet me at Dulles), Bill made the decision to leave his car keys at home. Once we realized we were traveling with only one set of keys, we tried to be extra careful about making sure they were in hand before locking the car. So of course, I LOCK THE KEYS IN THE CAR! And naturally, it was on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend! Again, good fortune smiled on us as AAA had a vehicle within 10 miles of us and we had keys back in hand within 45 minutes. (The kid who was driving the tow truck mentioned that normally he would have had to come 50 miles to Woodstock, but he just "happened" to have been dispatched to pick up the car he was towing in a town only 10 miles away!)
7) And then, more car issues. We were sitting at a traffic light in Ellesworth, Maine and the car died. JUST DIED!! I was driving and although it started right back up, I pulled into a parking lot and it immediately stalled again. And again. This went on for a few minutes and then as suddenly as it started, it began running smoothly again. We had no more problems although given our record to that point, it took me a few days to relax!! Our theory is this......we had just gotten gas about an hour before this happened. Google tells us it could've been air bubbles in the gas, condensation on the gas pump or a host of other odd sounding explanations. Who knows???
Despite all of those things, it was a wonderful trip! We so enjoy traveling together and each trip becomes a collection of experiences and memories that we will treasure forever. I am so very grateful that Bill and I both enjoy travel and even in the ways our personalities are uniquely different, we find ways to compromise so that both of us enjoy the trip equally. Lessons learned from last year's trip were incorporated into this year's agenda and despite all the things that went haywire, I believe this was our best trip ever with respect to the mix of activity vs. rest, hectic vs. leisurely pace, driving vs. walking/biking and indoor activities vs. outdoor activities.
Lessons learned this year include:
1) There are excellent auto-repair facilities everywhere. Thanks to the convenience of internet research, user reviews and designations such as AAA Approved Auto Repair, I'll never fear what "might" happen again because I've proven that good people are all around.
2) We continue to learn what a good team we make. And when things don't go exactly as we plan, ONE of us always keeps a level head and works hard to console the other.
3) This may seem random, but another lesson we learned is that we can travel with very little. When Bill retires, we plan to do a great deal of travel abroad and we hope to do it with minimal luggage (think one carry-on and two backpacks). I won't go into detail, but we conducted a little experiment and realized that yes, we can do this easily and have everything we could possibly need. In case anyone noticed that we always seemed to have on the same clothes in all the pictures, it's because we did!! It was all part of the experiment and rest assured, those clothes were ALWAYS clean!! LOL!
TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS GONE: 44
TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: Just over 5,000
May 6 - May 8
Residence Inn by Marriott Dulles Airport at Dulles 28 Centre
May 8 - May 10
Residence Inn by Marriott Dover
May 10 - May 12
May 12 - May 19
Bolton Landing, New York
May 19 - May 23
May 23 - June 2
June 2 - June 9
Meredith, New Hampshire
June 9 - June 23
Southwest Harbor, Maine
Springhill Suites by Marriott
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
All of these places were excellent and we would not hesitate to stay in them again. If anyone has specific questions about what we did or how I plan, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email. I love planning our trips and I love talking about it!!
What will the 2013 Summer Adventure be?? There is no clear front runner at this point. The list of places to explore just keeps growing. But rest assured, there will be plenty to see and plenty to write about between now and next May.