Revisiting the Wedding Roadtrip: Mount Washington

Our road trip across the country on the way to our daughter’s wedding has begun! We’re taking the slow roads, avoiding the interstates, stopping to walk through the little towns we pass through if they catch our eye. For the next few weeks, we will be footloose and fancy free. And then we will be parents of the bride. So, please welcome my husband, Jim, to the blog. Jim is the photographer in the family, and he will be taking pictures and giving updates on the trip from his perspective.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Cog Railroad

Mt. Washington Summit Sign

Day 1 – July 15, 2012

Left about 30 mi utes behind schedule at 8:30 am.  First stop was to top off the gas. I had filled up the day before and logged 15 miles when I got back to the gas station.  Put in an additional 2.4 gallons, too nervous to see if could over fill it more.

Then a car wash for ” the ultimate” , the car is “looking good”. Kelly said that if anyone told her I’d stop and get a wash before hitting the road she would have said they were crazy.

Hit 95 s to Newport then onto rt 2.  Since all either of us had that morning was coffee we were both interested in breakfast: we had no half/ half so I tried whipped cream in the  coffee, very rich and very good.

The fast food in Newport was not enticing so we kept driving.  In the small town of Norridgewok we drove by a busy little place called “What’s for Supper.

I had a good cheese omelet, bacon, held the home fries but could not pass up the toast. And I am glad I didn’t. The toast was great, thick home made wheat.

Kelly wanted a low carb breakfast as well but her eyesight betrayed her, she orderedm” the double” which was French toast, home fries, bacon, sausage and two slices of thick cinnamon bread. Oh and 2 soft boiled eggs. She gave me 1 sausage. [I thought I was ordering the 2 egg, 2 bacon, 2 toast breakfast…I left a *lot* on my plate…but I did sample everything.]

Breakfast was 16 so 20 with tip.

Pleasent drive into the white mountains of nh and the town of Gorham.  We planned a trip to. Mt Washington but how to get there? Drive or cog railroad. I thought the cog would be fun, and easier on the car. But I couldn’t find it! The gps did not have a listing for cog railroad but did find the co way scenic railroad. So a pretty long slog past the auto,road through bustling N Conway. Pull in as talk to a guy helping with parking, conversation reveals this train is not the cog and doesn’t go to the top of mt washington. Just another 35 miles, turns out the cog will cost about 125 for both of us.

Turns out driving would have cost about 33 and taking a van would have cost 60.

About an hour to the top on the cog, pretty cool and we concentrate on scenery.

In the 60s at top. Pretty decent views, some fog. Spent an hour exploring and using the new camera.

Trip down was 35 minutes.  Slight rain below 3000 ft.  As we walked to the car I remarked again on what a great looking car. It was parked next to a very clean nice looking Lexis. I think the Sonata looked better. [Still boggled he washed the car. Already over hearing how good it looks…although it does look good.]

Where to eat, to sleep or drive.  The astute among you will note no mention of lunch, as there was no lunch.

There is a beautiful scenic overlook in Conway that we went to a million years ago when the boys were small. We watched a sunset while eating Subway we bought across the street. Subway was still there so we parked, ran across the road, ordered and went back to eat at a picnic table.  We each got a foot long and switched half. I had roast beef on flat bread and Kelly had turkey and cheese on some good bread.  Diet iced tea for me and water for Kelly.

Used hotel coupon app to find a hotel.  Big problem, the hotel needs the coupon and we have no way to print. The nice checkin lady at Merrill barn let me email her a picture( used iPad to snap a picture of coupon on the screen). 89 bucks , which means 97,  includes a breakfast of carbs, home made muffins, cereal and fruit.  Can I pass the muffins by?  I have been strong, but human this past week.

A big challenge will be exercising and eating low carb.

Car Info: In addition to looking sharp, got an amazing 45.7 indicated, 267 miles traveled; we are only 175 miles from home however.

Nearly 400 miles of range left. And the driving is in the white mountains, amazing.