Day 29: Portsmouth to Salem
24.09.2010 28 °C
Well no thanks to my GPS, I found my way to Cape Ann and Salem. Damn thing stopped working all together this morning!! Again, lucky I had my trusty google map instructions, but even these led me astray a little. On my way to Cape Ann, I called Budget (from my mobile, so probably cost me a small fortune - as I was starting to freak out a little as I thought I took a wrong exit (so many turnpikes of the highways) to see if there was a location near to where I was so I could swap over the unit, and you guessed it, the closest one who could swap it over was Boston!! Don't worry Mum, I have already asked for a refund (it might pay for the phone call I had to make!!).
Anyway, it seems I took the right exit and was back on the road heading for Cape Ann. It was super busy and the only place I could find a park was a decent walk from the waterfront and it was only a 30 minute meter, so I quickly walked down, took some pix and decided to hit the road again. I was trying to get to a particular shopping mall in Peabody, but here is where my directions went a bit haywire. Apparently I was supposed to take the Andover St exit, but there wasn't one and I quickly had to make a decision to turn off before I started heading back to Portsmouth. Here, I had to stop at a gas station to get directions as I had no idea where I was, but pretty sure I was heading in the direction of where I wanted to go. The directions I got didn't really work out, but I did find Essex St, which I knew went through Salem, so one more quick stop for directions and I finally found the place I was staying (decided to skip the shopping centre).
It was unseasonably hot in Salem today almost 30 degrees. I got myself settled and chilled for a bit after my challenging day, to rest up for my Salem night tour.
I just got back from my tour and it was really enjoyable. The tour guides were really nice and they loved my accent. One asked me the oddest question I have ever been asked about Australia - "Is Paul Hogan big in Australia?" I had to laugh, but advise him alas not since the 70's and early 80's.
Anyway, last day driving tomorrow as I head for Boston> I'm excited as Cas and Maeve will be arriving tomorrow night. I have enjoyed the driving (when I know where I'm going) even though it is a beast of a car (driven up a couple of gutters as not used to driving such a big car)
Tomorrow, I plan to explore Salem a bit more and Marblehead before heading to Boston. Pray for me, that I get there with no or little hassles.
Blog yers lata....
PS Revy is doing fine and sends his love.