04.10.2012 23 °F
We left Boston around 2-30pm and made our way north west approx 150 miles up into the New England region. We settled in the small township of Lee in a motel with a room overlooking a small picturesque lake. Lee gave us the opportunity to get some laundry done as well as G nails and R an opportunity to have a look through a hardware and lumber yard...yeah!!
2nd & 3rd October.
After our easy morning in Lee we set off on our scenic tour of the Berkshires. A small county in New England littered with these tiny pretty towns straight out of Hollywood movies. Every second house displayed the American flag, with the occasional residence having set up for the Halloween festivities coming up on the 31 st. The whole area is set in low hills covered in trees that are presently changing to their Autumn colours, literally a sea of reds, browns, yellows and green.
After touring the district we began a 5 hour drive, eventually making our way into Canada and Niagra Falls. We booked into the Marriott hotel with a huge room (suite) overlooking the Falls. We were on the 20th floor with an amazing view of the Horseshoe falls, you could here the roar of the water when standing near the window. We spent sometime the next morning walking to different vantage points and soaking up this amazing spectacle.
That afternoon we headed south through more picture postcard country (fall really is beautiful in this part of the country). Had lunch in a small country town diner in Warsaw (another first for this trip) and generally meandered our way to Williamsport for the night. There is not much happening after dark in this town, however, we managed to stumble upon this very tiny cafe that specialized in Greek food, another first for us in the US as Greek food is not that popular with the Americans. The lady that took your order, served you the drinks and cooked your food, she did an amazing job. R said the baklava was as good as his mums!!!!!! During summer she shuts shop and takes a small group of locals on a tour of Greece. Once she has finished the tour she goes back to her little villa on a small isolated island and spends the rest of the summer painting and relaxing.
After dinner we spent about half an hour just drinking our coffe and chatting with her.
Started the car this morning to find the Maintenance Required light on, not a good start considering we were in a relatively small city. Made the call to the Rental Company only to be told the car was not due for a service so we could either go out of our way to a depot and change the vehicle, organize to have the oil changed or just keep driving as no harm will be done. Guess what option we took ....yep, we are still driving heading for the Amish community in Ohio a good 5 hour drive.
Since arriving over on the east coast we have visited the states of Conneticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ontario (Canada), Pennsalvania and Ohio, We have only been traveling in the east since the 28th.
Halfway through our drive we stopped in Hubbard for lunch. Again a small town, so we picked a small (so we thought) cafe in the main street. We walked in and to our surprise it was like the local RSL. Groups of old ladies playing bridge, Mothers having lunch and students sitting in the middle of the cafe doing homework while on the Internet....a real town hub!
We left Hubbard and a couple of hours later arrived in New Philadelphia, settled into a motel ready for our drive around the Ohio state Amish community tomorrow.