Right away, we encountered truck detour signs due to a bridge issue on Highway 9. I had not checked the specifics of the problem so, to be safe, we followed the detour signs along NH 101 to Peterborough. From there, US 202 took us to Concord. Traffic was moderately heavy on 101, while trees were only starting to change colour and mist was rising off the waters all the way.
Reaching Concord, we needed a bathroom break. The GPS said there was a McDonald's off the main road, so we headed there. Unfortunately, the restaurant was being renovated and was closed, so Sandy used an adjacent Dunkin' Donuts. Then we drove through downtown Concord past the gold domed State House on our way to I-93 North.
Traffic on I-93 North wasn't too heavy. We got off at Exit 26 to get some coffee at another McDonald's shown on the GPS. Once again, the newly updated GPS let us down. This time, it was not under construction. Instead, it appeared to have not ever existed at all. Luckily, there actually was one in Plymouth, a short distance away. The lady at the counter was very pleasant and Sandy was even able to get a cranberry-orange muffin.
Continuing north on I-93, we got into more mountainous terrain. The Presidential Range of the White Mountains left no doubt as to why this was referred to as the Granite State.
Eventually, we passed through Franconia Notch. A notch in New England is the same as a gap in the Southeast or a pass out west. This was where the Old Man Of The Mountain, which appeared on all NH state highway signs and many other places, was located before it collapsed in 2003.
Leaving I-93, we followed US 3 through Twin Mountain to Carroll and then took NH 115 to US 2. There were more trees changing colour but they were still in the minority.
US Route 2 took us through Gorham and across the Maine border to Bethel. The phone kept beeping as we periodically lost cell service. I slowed down as we reached the Maine border, not realizing that a VW was behind us. He was not too happy as he passed. My bad.
We arrived at the Sudbury Inn in Bethel just before noon.
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