|I watched the sun rise across fields of wheat as I left Quebec & then wished I'd cleaned the lens.|
There was, an odd round church:
A capitol building in Montpelier, a town not really much bigger than the one I grew up in in New Zealand. At less than eight thousand people its claim to fame is being the smallest state capital & the only one without a McDonald's.
Big old houses:
Covered bridges galore:
A little covered bridge:
I was at my airbnb stay before lunch - my hosts were lovely & had a big old house & an almost-bigger attached barn. Even though I was only paying for the bed & possibly breakfast, somehow I ended up being fed lunch, dinner & breakfast. Jim was quite the chef, so the food & local amber ale was excellent for sharing many travel stories over. Generally I find that those that host airbnb have travelled quite a bit themselves and always enjoy talking about far off places - this trip in the north-east USA consolidated that thought.
After a bit of a nap to sleep off the early start & large lunch, it was time to wander around the village. In the next village I found the oldest military college, Norwich, in the country - which seemed a little out of the way. But as they have a lot of winter training, it made sense as one could tell as fall progressed the whole area was preparing for another huge winter of snowfall. I walked up a big hill on walking & biking trails that the college had built - the whole time views were promised by sneaking glances of an extraordinary vista; but as the light faded, they never really eventuated. Apparently I had a few more miles to go back into the hills before reaching the fire tower.
|All rather serene looking to be a military college.|
Within an hour of driving the next morning I was in New Hampshire. A state whose motto is Live Free or Die they are all for minimal interference from government. As such there is no state sales or income tax & incredibly, if you are over eighteen years old, there is no legal requirement to wear a seatbelt. That just seems a bit nuts, but I suppose it helps natural selection.
|I continued to take poor photos while driving slowly through villages|
Maine wasn't far away - so why not? Although I definitely got the feeling pretty much everything on the south coast had closed for the season. Shock, horror I stopped & bought some new clothes because I had the spare time & they were much needed - after a summer of riding, having to remove my belt for security screening now brings with it a much increased risk of finding jeans at my ankles. Soon I was following plenty of Massachusetts number plates & the spelling of the state was ingrained in my head.