Day 157 - Familiar Names, Different Places
Trip Start May 19, 2008
172Trip End Nov 08, 2008
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Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Connecticut
A few miles back up the 108 and we re-joined Route 1 and headed south again. It was quite a grey morning and so felt even colder than the last few days. It wasn’t long before we crossed the State line and entered Connecticut. Thank God! Let’s hope this will be a more positive experience than Rhode Island. That particular state hasn’t left us with particularly fond memories.
Only a few minutes in and it was time for our first interaction with the folk of Connecticut when we pulled into a fuel station to fill up. Neil got chatting to the chaps inside who were very friendly. Being well traveled themselves they were very interested to hear all about our trip. Then it was time for one of those “biggest in the world” moments that the U.S. is so good at, when Neil came out with the key for the loos. There was no way you could accidentally walk off with it!
After about an hour of small towns and narrow, windy road, we briefly had to join I-95 to cross the Thames River, before exiting to go into New London
Another couple of hours down the road and we found a small shopping mall with a Wal-Mart. Unfortunately it wasn’t suitable for us to spend the night at, so after doing some shopping at the food store we carried on another couple of miles to Hammonasset State Park. It was open but there was no electric. After umming and arring over what to do, we decided that if the showers were clean then we would stay anyway, as it was miles to any other State Parks that may or may not be open, may or may not have electric and may or may not have clean facilities!
To our surprise and delight the employees of Connecticut State Parks appear to be more hardworking than those of Rhode Island and the showers were clean and well maintained. There was also a disabled pitch next to the shower block which had electric so we decided to try and sweet-talk the staff into letting us use it if no-one with a disability arrived before closing. Sadly they weren’t having any of it. And so we chose another pitch quite close to the showers in the hope that we could move close enough later on for our electric cable to reach!
It was perishing cold and so Mel cooked dinner whilst wearing a wooly hat! Meanwhile Neil was braving the elements outside whilst sitting and having a beer and one of the other campers came over to chat to him. During the conversation Neil learned that just along from us was the Campground Host’s trailer and he was a bit of a jobsworth, so we decided the plan to use the electric wasn’t such a good idea after all. After eating dinner sat under a blanket we attempted to keep warm by having the gas stove turned on. It was reasonably effective for a while but not really practical. As it says just below the knobs on the stove, "It Is Not Safe To Use Cooking Appliances For Comfort Heating"! And so we just got layered up, dropped the roof, filled the hot water bottles and had an early night.
Miles travelled: 91
Total miles travelled: 15011
Days on road: 137
States visited: 32
National Parks visited: 21