Day One !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We arrived at JFK airport on Monday 1.30pm local time and made our way
from the aiorport to a hotel quite near to where the car was being
unloaded in Newark and, spent the night recovering from the flight and
treck across New York armed with a whole load of goodies for the drive.
Next morning we had to go all around town to get various pappers signed
and rubber stamped. Then we could go to collect the car which was still
in it's container. After a little negociation we were able to get the
car and drive it out of the compound and sort out all the navigation
equipment, when that was done we were met by a photographer from the
London Evening Standard who took us to down town New York to take
pictures and, when that was done we were on our way out of the city
but, not at a good time as it was by the 5.00pm and a great rush of
traffic was going our way out of the city limits.
The engine began to suffer and we had to stop when we were on the
Pallisades heading North. I found I had put the wrong coil on the
ignition system and it was boiling hot and then eventually stoped
working so I had to change the coil and I decided to change the
distributor and HT leads at the same time, so by the time I was
finished it was almost 7.00pm. We made our way north as much as
possible until it was nearly dark and parked the car up for the night
in a car park miles from anywhere. A styate patrol man turned up just
as we were going to go to sleep (in the car) and told me we could not
stay there so we had to move on. All in all we had a very exhausting
day and were glad to find a car park out side a cafe, and there we
spent what was left of the night.
DAY ONE WAS FROM NEW YORK TO JUST OUTSIDE MONROE NY
This has been very easy for the Mini driving each day around 300 miles
and what supprised me was the weather, with each dat the sun has got
hotter and by the time we arrived at Buffalo NY it was 28 degrees an d
felt very warm indeed.
We stayed at a camp site on an island called Grand Island right in the
middle of Niagra and had a very plesant stay there for one night. This
was the first night that we could actually relax and unwind. After a
shower we went out shopping and than ate, after that I tried to connect
the satellit telephone to my lap top and had a lot of trouble getting
the two talking top each other it worked as a fax but I could not get
onto the internet no matter how much I tried I even phoned Compuserve
on there free number to get help but we had no luck. Apparently IO had
the wrong lead to get a connection so I had to wait until I could go
out and buy one. I went to my sleeping bag very late that night.
Next day we drove to the falls at Niagra on the US side and even
managed to get a police escort right up to the barriers of the falls to
take some very spectacular pictures. See attached !
From there we drove to the Canadian side of the falls and drove right
along the river and took more pictures if the water. From there on we
decided to change our route as we lost a lot of time in NY and we
decided to head back into the USA and drive alonge the bottom of lake
Erie to Chicago sdriving through New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio,
indiana Illinois and Iowa where we are at the moment staying at a camp
site just south of Sioux City. We are now going to head South for
Denver Colorado driving through Nebraska.
STOP ONE 74° 1241"N/41°3204"W
STOP TWO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TELL YOU LATER
STOP THREE 077°.296"N/42°382"W
STOP FOUR 078°96.95"N/43°03.04"W
STOP FIVE 42°37.73"N/079°05.57"W
STOP SIX 41°39.20"N/084°34.71"W
STOP SEVEN 41°19.2"N/88°42.4"W
STOP EIGHT 42°02.62"N/096°09.39"W
DUNCAN AND JAMES.