Blowing past NYC....

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 13, 2012


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Monday, August 13, 2012

 I went for an early morning walk out of the Shady Pines RV Park and was pleased to come across some wild turkeys grazing on someone’s front yard. Who would have thought you would find wild turkeys right outside of Atlantic City!

Our goal today is to reach Connecticut, that means finishing up our tour of the Jersey coast and negotiating our way around the New York/Newark metropolitan area. Setting off at a reasonable hour, we make our way up the peninsula.

After a couple of entertaining side trips to beach town resorts we arrived at Sandy Hook, the northernmost point of the New Jersey peninsula.. Sandy Hook is a national seashore that sits right across New York Harbor from the city. It makes for quite a view. The area is also an important part of the security apparatus for New York harbor with the headquarters of the area Coast Guard at the end of the point. We wanted to get on the base, but the area was guarded by an unmanned gate. Difficult to talk your way into a place when their isn’t anyone to talk to….

Almost all of the old gun emplacements from coastal defense in WWII are closed off due to danger from falling concrete. You can walk around the entire area, they just want to keep you away from the nesting birds and aging historical sites. Probably a good idea.

The day was beautiful, with a bright blue sky and about 85 degrees, with a light wind blowing. Perfect.  We could see the entire New York City skyline across the harbor.

We hit the road and followed Interstate 95 through New York City, just before rush hour. Moving out into Connecticut, we hit major slowdowns due to accidents and commuters. Just had to be patient and soon we were entering the largest beach park in Connecticut. Over five hundred campsites, numerous beaches and lots of people. It really wasn’t a bad place to spend the night, quiet enough, clean restrooms and an easy site to get in and out of.
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