Road Trip (Day 1) NYC to Hadley, Massachusetts

Trip Start Oct 07, 2013
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Trip End Nov 25, 2013


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Goodbye NYC, hello the open road!
Today we start our road trip through the country side. We don't have an itinerary planned or anything mapped out (so unusual for me), just the unknown ahead of us!

We left late to try and avoid city traffic. The only problem with staying in New Jersey is that you have to travel through Manhattan to get away from it all.

Having spent 8 days in NYC I have come to love and hate the place. I am upset to be leaving as there are still lots I'd like to see. But I think you could visit this city several times and still miss out on seeing everything. Things I will not be upset about leaving include the; crowds, tourists (we don't fall in this category), smell, traffic, noise and pace of the city.

During our short stay we've noticed a few points about the city....
Time is clearly of the essence here because everyone seems to be doing 2 or 3 things at a time. Perfect example- we were amazed by the number of people talking on the phone while jogging round central park. You'd think they'd be enjoying the fresh air and space, but nope, they're talking while running. Obviously they're not running fast enough!!
The pace of everyone is astonishing. Everybody is on a mission to get somewhere in a hurry. Unlucky if you are a tourist trying to figure out where you are, you'll get bowled over by the sea of people. And, do not get in the way on the escalators. Keep to the right and out of the way so they can fly up the left hand side! Subways are the worst for this, we even felt compelled to walk/run up the escalators so we didn't get in the way!
The subway... Oh the subway... My love hate relationship with it continued through the week. They really need more descriptive signs! But, I did finally get the hang of it and we were able to travel all over the city very easily. It really is an amazing public transport system that is very easy to use (once you get the hang of it!). I can now understand why very few people have a car in NYC, that and the parking prices. $350 to store your car for a month, and this is in an outdoor storage car park. The only way to describe car parks here is "unique". Because space is at such a premium they have invested in vertical storage options. Cars are lifted into the air and stacked one above the other. The car park attendants then pack as many cars as possible into the remaining area on the ground. I recon the attendants have to climb out the windows to get the cars that close to each other!
We never felt too far from home this last week. All we had to do was look down and notice what footwear people were wearing. UGG is a brand name of boots that we have noticed throughout the US. Made in Australia of course! They are simply ugg boots, but have been marketed as warm boots to be worn anywhere. So we have a giggle to ourselves whenever we see a pair, and most people seem to be wearing them out and about!

New York certainly is a special place, I very much enjoyed my visit but am glad I'm leaving! It was ironic that the beginning of our road trip took us past most of the landmarks and sights that we had seen through the previous week (Empire State building, Pier 41, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, The Bronx). Very shortly however, we had left the sky scrapers and were travelling up the east coast of the US.

Our journey for the day took us through New Haven to Springfield where we stumbled apon the
Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame went through the history of the game right from its origin to date. Basketball was developed by a PE teacher to keep his class of boys occupied during the cold winter months when they weren't playing football or baseball. The original game was played with peach baskets nailed to the bottom of the gym balcony, and a soccer ball. Obviously a few developments have been made to the game between then and now.

Our stop over for the night is in Hadley, Massachusetts. It's already freezing cold outside so who knows what sort of weather we're in for...


Driving distance for the day: 166.7 miles / 268km
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