Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bethel Maine to Cornwall Ontario

It was time to head home but there was no rush today. Sandy and I were up at 7:00 AM. We had our bags packed and loaded in the car and were in the dining room by 7:30 where I had another carnivore omelet. We said our goodbyes to the rest of the folks as they wandered in. Some of the people were homeward bound while others were continuing their journeys.  A little after 8:30, we were on our way west on US 2.

There was a layer of fog and a few low lying clouds on the landscape as we set out.

Early morning fog at The Suds

Scenes on Highway 2 in Maine

Scenes on Highway 2 in New Hampshire

Of course we will

Lots of changing still to do

Gorham New Hampshire

It was busy in Gorham as we stopped for fuel. Then we followed US 2 until we turned southeast on SR 115 towards Twin Mountain, where we caught US 302. That took us to I-93 and into Vermont.

SR 115/US 302 in New Hampshire

Oh little star...

In Vermont, we left I-93 for a short stretch on US 2 and then went northwest on Vermont 15. I had never taken this road before but it was a pleasant and not too busy alternative to Route 2.

I-93 in Vermont

Love this picture

US 2 in Vermont

State Road 15 in Vermont

SR 15 and SR 104 took us to I-89 North. We exited at Swanton where we stopped at a McDonald's for lunch and I booked a room at the Super 8 in Cornwall.

We crossed into New York on Highway 2 at Rouses Point and then continued on towards Cornwall, Ontario. People might ask why we took this route instead of the shorter way back through Quebec. I was unhappy with a Quebec Supreme Court ruling last year on how their automobile insurance laws worked and felt it was better to avoid the province.

Fort Montgomery - protecting the US from Canada

We stuck with New York for the time being

Lake Champlain

Rouses Point New York

Bull Run Wind Farm keeps growing

We fueled at a Citgo station in Akwesasne on the St Regis Mohawk Reserve before we crossed the St Lawrence River back into Canada. After the First Nation demanded that the Canadian border check be removed from Cornwall Island after the agents were armed, Border Services had operated a makeshift checkpoint on the north end of the bridge. It was nice to see a whole new facility had been completed. After a couple of perfunctory questions, we were back in Canada by 3:25.

Leaving the USA

Seaway International Bridge - Cornwall Ontario

St Lawrence River (Seaway)

Cornwall Island

Canada ahead

Pay the toll first

New customs booths and building

We drove to the north side of town where we found a very nicely appointed Super 8. This was our first stay at this property but I would not hesitate to stop here again.

Super 8 - Cornwall Ontario

There was a Tim Horton's across the parking lot from the motel. Unfortunately, the doors were locked so they did not get our business. There was also a gas station that was closed for renovations, but the convenience store attached to it was open. We picked up some snack food and returned to our room where I dealt with three days of notes and photos and six days of receipts.

Took this photo for Heather

One more day and we would be home.

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