The way life should be

By Sarah Reynolds | Jul 03, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds The sign in Kittery is a welcome sight on a busy travel day.

Union — I think I left us on the way from Ohio to Pennsylvania. We camped in Berwick, Pa., Thursday night, and drove to my brother's in Canton, Conn., Friday.

We expected the traffic to be awful, since it was the beginning of the July 4th weekend, but, barring a couple of slowdowns for construction and one slow bridge, it really wasn't bad. And here I must plug Google Maps for taking us around trouble spots.

It was a happy coincidence that we arrived at my brother's in time to celebrate my oldest nephew's birthday. I enjoyed sharing all my photos of the trip, which Peter (my brother) and his family were nice enough to be interested in.

They have a black Lab with a bearlike physique named Echo, who was kept indoors so Cushla could romp in his fenced backyard with causing an incident.

Saturday morning, we set out for home, and made good time up to Sturbridge, Mass., where Maureen got a phone call from someone she didn't know. When she listened to the message, it turned out someone else on the highway had seen the "trailer for sale" sign on the side of the truck. She arranged to meet the woman at the next exit.

Julie said she had a larger trailer of her own, but was interested in ours for her daughter. She took a look inside, snapped some pictures of the outside and said she would forward the info to her daughter.

Once we got on the Mass. Pike, everything got slower. It did pick up once we got past the place where the right lane drops out, and 290 through Worcester wasn't bad. But by the time we got to Lowell, Mass., on 495, it was very congested. After 20 or so miles of that, we decided to get off and take Route 1 north, ignoring Google Maps' advice.

Bad move. It was just as congested at 495, only with stoplights. Then we drove through Ogunquit on the Saturday of July 4th weekend. Clever us!

Finally got on 95 at Wells, and had clear sailing the rest of the way home. But what should have been a six-hour trip took us 10 hours.

It was interesting, though, to cross the Piscataqua River on the Route 1 drawbridge instead of the 95 bridge, like we usually do, and I snapped a picture of the "Maine: The way life should be" sign in Kittery.

When we got home, the dogs who had been left behind were beside themselves with excitement. They couldn't stop wagging, wiggling, barking, jumping and generally carrying on. The dog-sitter was there, bless her heart, and she had run the vacuum and straightened things up for our arrival.

We paid her, Maureen backed the trailer into a safe spot to be unhitched later, and we collapsed.

It's good to be home.

Thanks to everyone who made this amazing, wonderful trip possible, i.e., everyone at Courier Publications, especially the news staff, and to everyone who followed the trip online and in the paper.

It meant a lot to me to be able to share my adventure of a lifetime.

Oh, one other thing. Here's a limerick about our trip, undertaken to mark Maureen's 70th birthday, that might inspire others to their own adventures:

"Let's drive to Alaska," she said.

"For I've taken it into my head

that three score and 10

is just the age when

you should do things before you are dead."

This photo taken on the Mass. Pike near Sturbridge doesn't really do justice to the July 4th traffic. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Flags flap next to the Route 1 drawbridge over the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth, N.H., to Kittery. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Route 17 in Union: almost home. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Richard Shibles | Jul 06, 2016 16:49

I enjoyed reading of your adventures. Thanks for blogging.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 04, 2016 17:10

Welcome Home Sarah and Maureen. One should never put off tomorrow what they want to do today, for who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Mickey +:)

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