Mileage: 257 miles
Route taken: Highway 2 to Highway 302 to Highway 25 exit at
This was a good day for highways. There were rain clouds, but they were a safe distance away, at least for the moment, and the cover they provided made the temperature enjoyable.
The weather provided for optimum riding conditions, so I took
advantage of it. The two-lane road of Highway 2 paralleled the
was lower than the main path chosen by many and offered better access
scenery of the small towns like Jonesville and
This country tends to like to rebuild and renovate, the
emphasis is on new, not tradition. Go to
When I saw the signs for some of the towns and they said they were chartered in 1763 or 1765, it made me smile. I was driving through a little piece of history. Towns that existed before we were a country, founded most likely by people who came over on the Mayflower.
The ultimate of this experience came at
I was rolling slowly through the main street of the town when on my left was the state building. It was magnificent. I immediately stopped to take a picture and read the sign for the building.
It is the third structure for the state. The first, apparently was too small. The second, which is similar to this one, was destroyed by fire in 1857. This state house was erected in 1859.
There are no signs of wear, which truly amazed me. I thought there would be some fading, chipping, cracking, any piece of evidence to show the building’s age, but there was none.
Route 302 stretches out towards the
As soon as you reach the border there is a bridge that
carries you over the
It is at this lake that I meet my first New Englander. His
name was Michael, and he and his toddling son were up from
I was trespassing, as I am inclined to do, but he didn’t seem
to mind. We talked about the Red Sox and this lake and a great route to
Usually people from this area aren’t that friendly and I dismissed it to him being on a relaxing vacation. I thanked him for the help and continued on down the road.
The road to
I was coughing a bit and figured the tall pines of