July 12, 2017, Saugus, MA-
It was a lovely farewell to Tuesday, as I gazed out at the sunset, in a wooded preserve outside McKeesport, PA.
I thought, briefly, of camping in those lovely woods, but there was a sign: “Residents only”.
So, last night, after having waited out one intense storm, in the Pittsburgh area, I went eastward, and just shy of Chambersburg, I spent the night at Travel Inn, in the village of St. Thomas.
Today was relatively benign, across Pennsylvania, a bit of New York, over the Hudson-at Newburgh, and through Connecticut, which wasn’t bad, once I got past the Danbury Split (I-84 and U.S. 6).
Foodwise, I was too far east for breakfast at my area favourite: Bedford Diner. So, I checked out Andy’s, in Plains, up the road a piece from St. Thomas. It was a decent substitute. Around 2, despite my relative lack of activity, lunch called- so I gave a new spot, D’s Diner, in Wilkes-Barre, a try. This is an excellent place, and a perfectly good excuse to use I-81 to/from New York, instead of cutting across New Jersey, as some have suggested.
Around 6:30, as I passed through East Hartford, the rain started again. It made driving along the Massachusetts Turnpike rather interesting, but the real deal was MA 128/I-95. I was surprised to find that my fellow Bay Staters seem to be greatly cowed by the rain, and we all inched along, past Boston, past Burlington and up to Wakefield, where I got off and used genetic memory to drive through a part of town, in which I hadn’t been in decades and make my way to the old hometown. I will have three full days here, and one in Maine, as my New England “fix” for this year. Mom is ecstatic to see me, which is a good sign.