Believe it or not, we’re on the road, prompted by an appointment in Sugarcreek that we made back in January for a couple of mods. We also see it as a test of a couple of things. Can we travel with our T@B 400 and social distance? And can we incorporate features of our newer at home routine into our on the road routine? We left yesterday early afternoon. So far so good. Using facilities in our own trailer at rest areas and fuel stops, including meal breaks is working nicely. There was an apparent non-concern over precautions at our campground check-in but we used our own masks and hand sanitizing. Now as far as new routine, we’re pleased so far. We enjoyed coffee outside then went for a long brisk walk and then another leisurely cup of coffee before hitting the road. Now we’re at a rest stop preparing breakfast! Self-contained is good!
As our great 2019 cross country adventure winds down we find ourselves deadheading toward the house even more quickly than we planned because we have an appointment this afternoon. But it’s a gorgeous October morning in Tennessee and we’ve got enough time to linger here at the Greene County I-81 Rest Area for a few minutes to find the two geocaches hidden here as well as to stretch our legs and to just appreciate the scenery. Yes, we’re still geocaching although not so intensely as we were back in 2014 but really do appreciate the reasons to be a part of this amazing worldwide game.
It’s become tradition. Wytheville, Virginia is a convenient stop on our way out or on our way home along I-81 and the Wytheville KOA offers Crazy Pizza. Tonight as we head home we have nothing more than breakfast makings in the T@B refrigerator so the prospect of a hot tasty Extreme Supreme Pizza delivered directly to our campsite is especially appealing.
At the Stormville Rest Area westbound I-84 near Fishkill, New York just east of the Hamilton Fish Bridge over the Hudson River, we spied something that looked out of place. Perched atop a fence post was a bowling trophy bearing a brass plaque that reads: Winner Hilltop League Summer ’67 Who won this trophy fifty-two years ago? Where did the Hilltop League play? Is it still in existence? Why is the trophy here now? How long has it been here? Was it deliberately left? As part of a game? To make people as questions? If so, it’s working. In any case it was a fun find on a longish travel day between West Greenwich, RI and Jonestown, Pennsylvania.
Our arrival at Leyden Farm Winery was delayed for almost an hour by an incident on I-95 in Providence so we didn’t get there early enough to participate in a tasting or wine by the glass. However we were in time to present our Harvest Hosts membership card and get instructions as to where to park as well as to purchase a chilled bottle of Strawberry Fields to enjoy at our pond side home for the evening. Leyden’s in West Greenwich, Rhode Island has been a family owned Christmas tree farm for generations and more recently the crops have included grapes and other fruits they incorporate into their wines. Although it would have been fun to sip wine amid the camaraderie of the people gathered here on a Sunday afternoon, we truly enjoyed the pastoral setting for the sharing of a refreshing libation. Life is good.
What an incredible opportunity! A friend from Florida visiting her son and his girlfriend in Massachusetts while we were in the area and mutual friends who live on the Massachusetts coast made for a great afternoon visit and delicious meal at The Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk, Massachusetts. This lovely Eighteen Century tavern was in fact rebuilt after a devastating 2012 fire but in a way that totally preserves its historic character. And the food was great. Thanks Arleene, Xander, Ellie, Deb, and Tim for a fun afternoon!
When we discovered that üCamp friends Mike & Marilee with their daughter Jesse and we would all be in or near Rhode Island the same weekend, we made plans to rendezvous for a shared adventure. A grand house tour and some great American history appealed to everyone so we met at The John Brown House immediately adjacent to the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The house was constructed in 1786-1788 for John Brown, a descendant of one of the earliest Rhode Island settlers, successful merchant, benefactor of the College of Rhode Island which was later named for his nephew, and Patriot. He was an instigator in The Gaspee Affair in 1772. This elegant mansion was added onto in the latter 1800’s but remained in the family until 1901 when successful Providence businessman Marston Perry purchased it and added some Gilded Age decor. After Perry’s 1935 death a Brown family member purchased it, commissioned the Washington Wallpaper and then donated it to the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1942. Among the fascinating artifacts are what may be the oldest American built vehicle still in existence, a carriage in which George Washington once rode, and The Tree Root That Ate Roger Williams. From there, at the suggestion of locals, we made our way to Providence Oyster Bar for (could we resist?) New England Lobster Rolls, and more time to visit with friends. Thanks, Mike & Merilee, for the comment on the blog that led to this fun afternoon. And Happy Birthday, Jesse!
This phase of our trip, since we left Illinois, it definitely more about visits with family and friends with occasional cool places to visit or outstanding eateries. We’re finding ourselves truly appreciating the time we can spend tucked into our T@B 400. Yesterday we arrived at the Boston/Cape Cod KOA at Middleborough, Massachusetts for a two night stay. The campground is pretty full on this gorgeous October weekend. Some of it may be for the local Crantoberfest. But we’ve been appreciating some down time. We did venture out for a fabulous dinner last evening and have plans to meet up with friends today but we’re not nearly so ambitious at going, seeing, doing as we could be. Sometimes it’s just good to slow down.
After a delightful overnight in Connecticut where we joined friends Lynda & Ben for dinner and again for breakfast, we headed east on US-44. Ultimately we landed in Middleboro, Massachusetts and in need of some good sustenance. Luckily we chose Charred Oak Tavern, self described as a local seafood restaurant and whiskey bar. Wow! Just what we were looking for and more, it’s a family friendly gourmet restaurant with an impressive bar. And we were blessed with Anthony as our server who guided us through our choices. A Boulevardier and The Sazerac to sip, Pan Fried Haddock and Baked Seafood Casserole to fill us up, and Ice Cream topped Banana Bread to finish it off. We’re glad we arrived early for as we were leaving on this Friday night, the line was out the door! Will we be back? Without a doubt. Maybe for a whiskey tasting, definitely for more of the amazing food. Put this incredible place on your list. And don’t forget to explore Middleboro’s downtown.
In July of last year we fell in love with Caffe Zia Gianna in Dorchester, Massachusetts. We returned this morning and were delighted not only that the food was just as delicious and the service just as friendly as we remembered, but that Nino remembered us as the folks who travel in a teardrop trailer but who have family in the area. We created a little bit of a friendly stir when we posed for pictures and bantered with Nino and John. Zia Gianna’s is definitely a friendly neighborhood kind of place where you can get good eats and fabulous coffees while being treated like a friend. It’d be fun sometime to check out their cocktails and maybe enjoy one of their Thursday dinners.