Day 146 - Are You Sure It's A Hot Water Bottle?

Trip Start May 19, 2008
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Trip End Nov 08, 2008


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Robert E. Moses State Park, Massena, New York

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Whilst we were packing up this morning, the ranger who had checked us in last night drove past our pitch. We stopped her and Mel registered our complaint and requested a refund. To our surprise, she didn't argue, but instead told us just to stop by the office on the way out.

Back on the Seaway Trail it wasn't long before we reached the stretch of coastline where the St. Lawrence river is only about a mile wide and the Canadian shore is clearly visible. The road follows the coast very closely and we had stunning views of the river framed by the multi-coloured trees which we are convinced have become more vibrant overnight. It was also on this stretch of road that we saw the cheapest fuel of the whole trip, $3.28 per gallon.

We didn't have electricity last night and so couldn't use our heater. Consequently we woke up freezing about 5am. So when we saw a Wal-Mart in Ogdensburg we stopped off and bought some long pyjama bottoms and a Personal Hygiene & Enema System, sorry, we mean hot-water bottle! But it clearly says on the packaging "Personal Hygiene & Enema System. Can also be used as a hot water bottle". Very, very wrong!!!

About half an hour later we stopped for lunch by the side of the river and from there it was just a short drive to our campground at Robert E. Moses State Park. Well it should have been, if it wasn't for the usual misleading signs. So after a 15 mile detour, we arrived at the park to be "greeted" with a sigh when we told the guy in the office that we would like to camp. When Mel asked if that was a problem, he told us in a condescending tone that he should have finished work 40 minutes ago, but (amazingly) people kept arriving. Given the current economic climate, and the fact that New York state is practically broke and making major budget cuts, you would think he would be glad of the fact that people were using the park and therefore keeping him in a job. So we told him to get himself off home and we would register in the morning, and with that left him to have his strop on his own.

Despite the fact that all the New York state park brochures list this park as being open year round, there are notices up stating that it is closing on Monday, and it would appear that the staff are most definitely on a wind down as once again the showers aren't the cleanest they have ever been. Other than that it's a nice campground which is on an island in the St. Lawrence River, in fact we had to drive underneath a lock to get onto the island which felt a bit weird.

Miles travelled: 90

Total miles travelled: 13599

Days on road: 126

States visited: 26

National Parks visited: 19
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