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Oct 12, 2017 - Sunrise on the Atlantic

Up at the crack of dawn. Made coffee and headed for our sunrise observation spot. We made it thru the night scalping electric. Until we get the bill in the mail. BBAHAAAA! The 40 or so minutes before the sunrise was really the best. You could see the reds and oranges changing. There were just enough clouds to give it some definition. Once the sun come up it was just bright yellow. We have heard about the beauty of this spot for years and feel very lucky to have experienced it. The pictures do not do it justice. When we first got there two...

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Our trip east.

Aug 16, 2017 - Day 5 - There Must Be a Pony

There is a (non-biblical) parable about a man who had two young sons. One son only saw the negative side of everything and was perpetually unhappy. The other son always had a positive, sunny outlook on the world, no matter what happened. So one day the father tried a little experiment (because evidently, he views his children as lab rats whom he could use at his pleasure to test out his scientific theories. What's the point of having kids otherwise, right? And where's the mother in all this? Don't ask) The father decided he was to give the...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Day 4 - One Day. Three States.

There is one thing everyone tells you not to do when you go to Boston. Before I tell you what it is, I'll tell you what it's not. It's not telling someone that you know where Whitey Bulger buried the bodies. It's not calling Tom Brady a cheater. It's not criticizing the moral failings of the Kennedy family. It's not ordering Manhattan instead of New England clam chowder, or lecturing the locals on how the the word "chowder" has an "r' in it and should be pronounced accordingly. And it's not giving them crap for the Boston Red Sox trading...

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Apr 30, 2014 - The final update.

I arrived home in Portsmouth last night around 10:30pm. I was so tired the last few hours of the trip through the Mohawk Valley and Western MA I couldn't really focus on writing anything else. I've included the pictures that I took. The Lakeshore Limited oddly arrived almost an hour early to Boston. This allowed me to catch the 9pm bus home to Portsmouth, rather than the 10pm. This made both me and my other half insanely happy. The end of the line was pretty bittersweet. I was tired, and so ready to get off that train, especially after...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Social Media - hashtag #angtrak

I will be posting my short updates via Twitter @ang_costello. These will automatically post to my Facebook and allow me to catalog pictures. You should be able to follow me with the hashtag #angtrak while I'm on the rails. I will also be using Instagram @kaousuu.

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Apr 16, 2014 - One week out!

Trip is still on as planned. I'm just checking on track conditions and any possible delays. Here's maps of the 3 routes I will be taking to Kansas City: The Regional, Capitol Limited, and Southwest Chief. On the way home, I'll be taking the Lake Shore Limited from Chicago direct into Boston.

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Oct 9, 2013 - Dry Camp

After lunch we drove another 40 miles or so to the Elks Lodge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This was a completely dry camp, so we broke out our generators for any electrical needs. The view, by the way, was quite amazing! Great sunset and a very nice sunrise in the morning. Oh, did I mention the camping was FREE?

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Aug 18, 2013 - NY, CT, MA, NH

I dreaded Sunday which was our day to spend on I-95 going around NYC and Boston, but my worries had been unnecessary. When you live in a town with 3 stoplights, it's hard to imagine this kind of traffic anywhere!! Glad that the worst of the traffic all seemed to be going the opposite direction of us. It's sad to see emergency vehicles with lights flashing and sirens blasting stuck in a highway "parking lot" unable to get to the scene of the emergency. Going our direction the only tie-up was a short one on the George Washington bridge which...

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Eastern Canada, 2013

Sep 29, 2012 - Raymond and Portsmouth

Another damp day, but not as bad as yesterday. Stopped in the town of Raymond on our way to Portsmouth. Raymond is a typical New England town, with its clapperboard buildings, especially the churches of which there are many. From Raymond we travelled to Portsmouth for a visit to the 'Smuttynose' brewery, and a short walk around Portsmouth.

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New Hampshire 2012

Aug 6, 2012 - Portsmouth, NH

What else is there to say? We finished the ride to the Atlantic today. It was a pretty leisurely ride to the meeting point, but every one was keyed up for the final ride as a group. The group stopped for coffee along the way -- the first time more than four or five folks stopped. We met up at a local school so that the police could escort us through traffic. I've included a sort of "group shot". We were waiting for one guy to arrive after the ride crew had to fix his broken chain on the way to the school. People were running in and out of...

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May 24, 2012 - Vermont and New Hampshire

Upon arriving in Bennington, Vermont we stopped for a bite to eat at the Madison Brew Pub and were introduced to the Vermont Brewery Challenge...just what we needed at this point in our trip...a new goal. 4 Brewery visits = magnetic Vermont beer opener, 10 Breweries = A "Drink Vermont Beer" t-shirt, and all 18 = lots of stuff but was our of our range so the goal was 10. Highlights: Vermont * Can't remember! Ha Ha...no we responsibly toured the breweries and there were many highlights as it is an incredibly beautiful state! * Covered...

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Sep 12, 2011 - When Life Gives You Lemons.............

Two things were refused at Shaws Distribution Center. First, they didn’t like the looks of our lemons, 45 cases of organics. Then there was a pallet of lettuce from another Prime truck that had delivered earlier. Our dispatcher called us and said we needed to transfer the other drivers lettuce onto our trailer and take it down to the New England Produce market in Chelsea Massachusetts on Monday. Did you say Monday? I’m 3 hours from home and you want me to sit on this load till Monday. >sigh< With the promise of generous layover pay, we...

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