Day 21 – On the Road to Rhode Island

Maybe because it was our last night, or maybe because of the overnight storm, but neither of us got a very good night’s sleep.  We awoke to more rain — only the second time of the whole trip that we had a soggy tent at wake up.

1a - Rainy Tent1b - Rainy Tent

We packed up the rain-soaked Turtle into the truck and immediately hit traffic.  It took us nearly an hour just to get off Mt. Desert Island and just like that, our plans for the day were dashed as we were now behind schedule.

After an hour or so of driving, we stopped at a Rest Stop for some lunch and “showers.”  Refreshed, changed, and reenergized, we were ready to go!  Free from the rain and dreary clouds, the day was starting to look up.  Soon, we made it to Freeport and were at Maine Beer Co. for some tasters.  The outdoor patio was a perfect place to stretch the legs and enjoy the sunshine.

2a - Maine Beer Co.2b - Maine Beer Co Flight

Once hydrated, we drove through the nearby historic town, used a bathroom at the giant L.L. Bean store, and even located a jeweler to give the engagement ring a quick tune up before the big reveal to family in RI.

Back on the road, we enjoyed the quickest visit of any state as we drove through New Hampshire in a mere 20 minutes.  Then, more traffic outside of Boston.  As we got closer and closer to our destination, it seemed the drive became less and less enjoyable.  The freedom of Wyoming roads easily beats out the congestion of the Northeast.  Eventually, we had made it into Rhode Island — state #18 for the trip!  Then, finally, Narragansett!

3 - Arrival in RI

We were so lucky to have the annual First Night Pasta Dinner merged into an impromptu Engagement Party!  Thanks to everyone who made the welcome so wonderful — including the lovely decorations.  🙂  It’s so fun to share our excitement with everyone.

4a - Engagement Party

4c - Engagement Party
“Cheers!” – Ryan and Justin, probably

4b - Engagement Party

Southwest Harbor, ME to Narragansett, RI – 370 miles (7 hours)

-Ally and Patrick

EPILOGUE: Thanks to all who have followed along!  We’ve been so fortunate to be able to even have this journey, it’s fun to share with all of you.  (Sorry these last few posts were so delayed.  As you might imagine, it was quite a relief to get off the road — but then we had to face real life again, as both of us started work right away.)  The messages and comments we’ve gotten along the way about those reading or looking at our pictures were wonderful and make the time/effort of these posts totally worth it.  Again, thank you!

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