The Dog & Rocket Tour 2010

July 13, 2010

If it smells and looks a bit like Grimsby, it probably is.

Filed under: Uncategorized — corkyboy @ 9:37 pm

Well our planned 5 night stay in the Boston area was reduced to 4 because of the distance we needed to travel to get to Niagara Falls, our next destination. Unlike Australia where the roads are generally crappy but empty, travelling 600-700kms a day out here is not the way to go.

The time we spent in in and around Boston included a trip to Gloucester (Dogtown) the old New England Whaling Town made famous by Harry Chapin in the song Dogtown. It was a bit of a disappointment hence the title of this posting “If it smells and looks a bit like Grimsby, it probably is.” However we did also spend some time visiting Salem where the good Christian settlers, lacking entertainment, decided to go on a witch hunt of some of their unfortunate brethren.  From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided.

So on Sunday we set off for Niagara Falls, stopping overnight in Utica in NY State. Here we watched The World Cup and saw one country that turned up to play and one that thought it was in a brawl, shame on you Holland. Next day we were off to Niagara where we saw the falls by night and today we did the full tour including the ride on the “Maid of the Mist” up to the Horseshoe Falls. Sure it is very touristy but the American side is just parkland, but look across to the Canadian side and it looks just like Las Vegas.

Tonight we are stopping over in the town of Corning NY. The name may sound familiar because it is the home of Corning Glass aka “Pyrex”. Tomorrow we head  off the New York where we will part company with the hire car, hope they don’t see the ding on the front apron caused by a lump of road debris thrown up by a passing truck. We have 3 nights in NY before we head off for a week of peace and tranquillity on Lake Anna in Virginia, can’t wait.

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