Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Hamshire Launches into Space

Today will a lil' bit of everything, BBQ, Tour of Honor, National Park, and USA Tours. We actually got an early start for us this morning, 8AM. Used to be I was on the road by 630.

MeAsWe was feeling hungry so we stopped at Mama Dukes in Troy NH.

First USA stop is Swanzey Diner. I really don't consider this a NE diner. I see nothing that remotely resembles a diner. I have never stopped here to eat because of this. Funny how little things can manifest themselves.

Right after Keene we hung a right and headed up 123A to capture some more USA towns. First stop was this place.

For future taggers this place could be a tag. The Dragon of Acworth

N43 13.137 W72 17.600
Today's main purpose was to hit Saint Gaudens National Historic Site and Marsh Billings Farm in Vermont for the National Park Tour. We have been at Gaudens numerous times, so we grabbed the stamp and this pic.

Coming out of Gaudens we headed into Windsor for a Smoke Chasing spot.

We found ourselves in one of the Ancient Eight towns. It was really busy, but I think this was more of Alumni coming back to remember when life was so easy.

Hanover NH
N43 42.129 W72 17.386

This door had such a luring quality, which we didn't resist

Met this couple which MeAsWe spoke to much of the time, To our right was another couple from Maine that I spoke with. They were riders and he collected Moto Guzzi's. No pictures of them.

Having had my fill of water at 3 Guys and being at the northern apex of our day trip, we headed back out into the crowds. Heading south we stopped in Sunapee for both the USA Tour and Smoke Chasing.

In Boscawen was our first Tour of Honor stop. Took a little while to find this monument. It is on the right as you head into the Veteran Cemetery.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is in Concord. This is a replica of a Redstone ballistic missile. This particular one is a mock up of the one that carried Alan Sheppard into space in 1961. I remember watching that on TV. Seeing it for real, it really is much smaller than I imagined. There is another one of these things in Warren, NH, which is a real one.

Made our way down to Manchester for another BBQ place and headed home. We did try to pick up a BBQ Festival (Ribfest), but there was indication of BBQ on the signs. KC is a really good place to eat, however tonight we are not hungry, so just grabbed a pic.

365 miles for day and got home at 9:38PM. Not a big day, but not a short day either. The day tally was 2 National Parks, 8 USA towns, 2 Tour of Honor sites and 9 BBQ Joints (you can view all the BBQ places at the link)

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