Planning stages of summer trip
Still working on the van (progress, albeit slow), and planning a 5 day 'inaugural' road trip at the end of July, from northeast NJ to Acadia. I view long 8-hr highway grinds as an efficient (if not fun) way to get to a destination, but Mrs. Rex finds them to be tedious. I want her to enjoy the trip too, so I am going to break the driving into bite-sized segments, with a few hours of driving, and a few hours of sightseeing and exploring.
The first night, will head out after work and drive a maybe 4 hours or so, getting past Boston.. thinking maybe Salem, MA. Crash for the night, and in the morning start the first full day with breakfast and checking out Salem for a couple of hours. Then hit the road and head to Portland, ME, and spend the balance of the day there, walking or biking around. At the end of the day, hit the road and drive a couple of hours before dark on local Rte 1 towards Acadia.
Second day will be more Maine Rte 1 touring / exploring, seeing of we can find any quaint little towns or scenic coastline spots. Planning on getting close to Acadia before stopping for the night.
Third and forth days will be all Acadia- hoping for Cadillac mountain at sunrise (the view might be misty) or sunset, Thunder Hole, Bar Harbor, etc, etc. Would really like to see if we can find a divey little local place for lobster (mebbe Thurston's?). Not sure if places that thrive on tourism will try to support local hotels by discouraging any boondocking. Might get a campsite, might head back over the bridge to the mainland. Will play that by ear.
5th day will be travel home. Maybe 7 or 8 hrs of driving time, broken up with 1 or 2 stops of an hour or two, depending on what interesting spots we may find along the way..
'08 E-150, std roof, wb, 2wd - basic cleanup done. Working on rough layout of 'furniture'.
Pretty much everyone will step on their 'willy' once in a while.
I usually make it a point to stop and put on my golf shoes first..