Towards Cape Cod
July 5th, 2019 12:53 am
We spent a night in Pennsylvania as we generally headed north west. We thought long and hard about the merits of going into New York city. It’s a city I’ve always wanted to visit but when researching RV parks you find only 1 in central NYC and that one sounds grim, it’s a carpark with rented RV’s and a security guard. The others are outside of the city and that means a long and expensive train journey in. It was a tough choice as half the people we ask about NYC say it’s fantastic, the other half say stay clear of it, not much to see and a hassle with a coach-it’s funny how divisive the place is, I want to go, S doesn’t! We decided we would pass it by this time so from Pennsylvania we decided to drive quite a way north almost to the Catskills before heading to Cape Cod.
We found the roads in New Jersey on our way appalling. It’s interesting how they change from state to state but certainly Texas and New Jersey have been the worst and ironically the tolls were the most expensive, we were basically paying 1 US$ per mile in places. That day we paid US$80 in tolls-outrageous! The potholes are huge and where they have tried patching them up the patchups are equally uneven causing a bigger problem. The frequency of potholes means that the coach gets on a corrugation and bounces along rattling everything inside, this feels stressful as it’s our home and there’s nothing we can do about it. We stayed the night in Willington Connecticut and as we were setting up the coach a piece fell off the side of the coach and nearly hit S on the head! We know where it attaches but we don’t know what it does. We also had an electrical problem that we were able to work around but I think if all roads in the US are as bad, RV’s would completely disintegrate after a couple of years!
We are now staying in a very nice RV park at Cape Cod. As you drive here you get no sense of the area as it‘s just tree lined highway-it could be anywhere in the US. The camp site is woodsy, large and well spaced out with an adult pool which is great. We chose this place as it’s central to visiting the places we want to see, namely Providence, the top of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
We have 4 full days here but on our first day we were so tired we didn’t go anywhere! Just had a lazy day at the RV resort. Today was our second full day and we drove to the Falmouth area and then rode the Shining Sea cycle trail to Woods Hole, this is a cute fishing village, a place to catch the steam boat, but predominantly a maritime research centre that belongs to the university of Chicago.
The cycle way was very nice, lined with honeysuckle, rosehip and lilies that smelt wonderful. You get glimpses of the ocean on one side, and the harbour on the other. Once back to the car we decided to continue riding in the other direction to Falmouth Harbour. Falmouth is a more established harbour town and has a very nice centre to it.
All the place names here are named mostly after East Anglia, England including Norwich, Yarmouth and Ipswich. The early settlers that arrived here in the 17thcentury set off from East Anglia which was a prosperous area then, rivalling London. When arriving here they must have seen a similarity and hence the names. When we were at Falmouth today I was surprised how like Cornwall it looked, and there is a Truro here too!
The houses in Cape Cod are quaint with shingles or weatherboard cladding, the gardens are beautifully kept all over and the plants are wonderful, one tree in particular called a Dogwood, it flowers pink or white. I think I’ve seen it in Rotorua…, but also others, weeping cherry, lilac, lavender rhododendron, very pretty plants and trees here.
We had our picnic lunch on the edge of the Atlantic, very nice view. We are surprised that so much of the beach here is privately owned, in NZ the beaches belong to the people, not the privileged few or businesses.