It was a pleasant 104 mile drive from Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE. Instead of driving I-95, etc. through Baltimore, we dropped down to US 301 and cut across the upper part of the Chesapeake Bay on the Bay Bridge ($12 toll) and then into Delaware and on up to New Castle. We are staying at the Delaware Motel and Trailer Park. The place is a little run down and mostly occupied by construction workers at the time but we have a 50 amp full hookup site that is really large for an RV park and we think it will suffice just fine though I would probably look harder for a nicer place in the future. The satellite was easy and we have good Verizon coverage.
Tuesday we headed for Valley Forge
and also Hopewell Furnace
. Valley Forge is a National Historic Park and Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site. We were pleasantly surprised to see that both have been taken care of very well. Both were free which is unusual in this day and time. We took the self-guided auto tour on CD at Valley Forge and found it to be very useful, like having your own tour guide going at your pace instead of theirs. We just strolled the grounds at Hopewell Furnace and used their self-guided tour which included audio recordings at each stop which were also well done. It took all day to travel to and see both parks and we managed to catch rush hour traffic on the way back. It wasn't too bad though as Sheila, our GPS, routed us on some of the back roads rather than the Interstates.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the hottest three days we have experienced in the last five years with temperatures hovering around 100° each day. We managed to do a little tinkering around the Mothership and got an oil change for Libby, but otherwise, we just stayed inside in the cool and watched movies and the College World Series.
Today, it finally cooled down into the mid 80's and we managed to get a few maintenance and cleaning items taken care of. Tomorrow, we head for Liberty Harbor RV Park which is a blacktop parking lot with water and electric hookups and painted lines showing your site lines. The only thing good about it is that it is just across the Hudson River from New York City which we plan on visiting for the next week. We will be picking up our youngest daughter, Michelle, at the Newark airport in the afternoon and she will be staying with us during our stay in NYC and also our next stop, Boston.