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Leaving Syracuse, Heading to Maine

We received a sternly-worded reprimand from a friend by email this morning taking us to task for failing to tell her we were going to be in Ellicott City where she had some great recommendations for us.

Never let it be said that we are beyond correction. (At least not by anyone other than our mothers.)

While it’s a challenge on a no-plans, no-deadlines trip like ours, we’ll try to give everyone a heads up on where we are heading in advance. (Just don’t be surprised if our plans change. It’s that kind of trip.) We really appreciate all the suggestions and introductions we’ve received from friends, and we want to make sure we can receive your ideas in a timely manner.

Our Current Course
We checked out of the Syracuse Microtel this morning, had a great breakfast at the famous 24-hour Doc’s Little Gem Diner, and now we’re sitting in Panera, sipping tea, soaking up their free wifi, and plotting out our course for the day.

Our provisional plan is to drive straight to Utica, NY, pick up groceries for a late picnic lunch, and then drive through Adirondack Park. We may come out in Plattsburgh, NY or in Burlington, VT—depending on luck, navigation skills, and where we can find the best rate on a room.

From the far side of Adirondack Park we are heading towards Maine, in no rush and with no particular destination in mind (although a friend recommended a sushi restaurant that we’ll be doing our best to check out).

If you know of anywhere we should stay, anything we should eat, or anything we should see or do between Syracuse and the Atlantic, drop us a line!

(Incidentally, this is Shaula, writing under Neil’s login. If you leave a comment on this post, the blog will send a notification straight to his BlackBerry, so any suggestions you give us today we can receive live on the road!)

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And if you haven’t heard from us in a while, check the weather report: that’s probably the most accurate way to figure out where we are.

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1 Justin { 08.10.08 at 11:12 am }

If you are in burlington, it’s insanely close to mtl… please come and visit!

2 Shaula { 08.10.08 at 6:33 pm }

It broke my heart to see all the highway signs for Montreal!

We really want to come up, but we have to work out the logistics for Neil. He uses his BlackBerry, heavily, for work, and we don’t want to cross the border and suddenly get hit with thousands of dollars of international roaming charges (like all of the horror stories we’ve heard about with business travelers). We’re working on how to handle it.

In the meantime, we stayed last night in the SE corner of NY, and tonight we’re in Sturbridge, MA. Sturbridge is charming and not that expensive so we might be here a few days.

We will let you know as soon as we have worked out how to cross the border! We are really looking forward to seeing you (and your new dog!) and getting back to Montreal. I’d love to get Neil to Quebec City for the 400th anniversary celebrations this summer, too.

Cross your fingers for us!

3 Neil { 08.10.08 at 6:36 pm }

And Montreal is definitely in the plans. Even if it’s just taking the train in for weekenders. One of the attractions to Maine was it’s proximity to Toronto and Montreal.

We just have to work out the logistics (oh, and actually get to Maine…)