To be continued

After 41.200km, Americas 2010 is finally over! We are fortunate to have been able to enjoy a six month vacation that we will never forget. Despite being hot or cold, dry or wet, on the road or deep in the mud, at the beach or at 5000m altitude, we almost always found something to write home about. To accomplish the journey we traveled by motorcycle, taxi, moto-taxi, bicycle, train, bus, truck, subway, jet ski, gondola, boat, launch boat, canoe, catamaran, ferry, ship and even a horse. We met nice people, we made new friends and we learned a new language.

We enjoyed spending time together, even when in the most daring situations. And most important, I must thank Laura for being such a great teammate!

At this time Palomina is resting in my parents’ garage in New Jersey, awaiting maintenance. As time and money will allow, we will soon get together with her again, to explore new continents!

Hasta luego, amigos!

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut

After crossing West Virginia and Pennsylvania, I finally met my parents in New Jersey. I was pleased to see them again, since I’ve been on the road for such a long time.

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During the weekend we went to Philadelphia, mainly to see the the Seaport Museum, featuring USS Olympia (claimed to be the worldā€™s oldest floating steel warship, launched in 1892) and the submarine Becuna, dating since WW2, as well as other exhibits inside the building.

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Sunday there was a racing event counting for the American Le Mans challenge, this time at Lime Rock, in Connecticut.

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After a short stay in Paris, Laura is finally in Bucharest, and she sent me this good bye picture to be posted on the blog.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

I continued North using the Blue Ridge Parkway, a very scenic road and one of the most visited parkways in the USA. It runs 750km from North Carolina to Virginia, atop of a chain of mountains that are part of the Appalachians. Being a weekday, it wasn’t crowded at all, so I was able to take full advantage of the curvy road. I camped twice in the vicinity of this road – once at the end of a runaway truck ramp šŸ™‚ I was worried a bear might wake me up, but in the end nothing happened.

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The Northern Carolina Transportation Museum

I made the first important stop at this museum located in Spencer, NC. It is housed inside an old steam locomotives repair shop and has trains, cars, planes and boats on display. There is also a short train ride (only around 2km inside the museum area). I paid extra for a cab ride (the first one in life!)

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Leaving the beaches

I’ve never been in love with the sun and the beaches. By the time I got to Savannah, Georgia, I had already too much of those, so I decided to take a Western route through the Appalachians.

One good thing about USA is that everywhere you look there is a sign. So if you find your way through the warnings, disclaimers and security notices, you might find something useful, like tourist information and good driving directions. In addition to proper signage, whenever entering a state on a major route, there are Welcome Centers (like the one pictured) which can provide maps, pamphlets and general answers.

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