For months, you probably saw us advertise the trip to New England on WBKO. When September 29th arrived, the moment had finally come for me and Shelia - along with 27 other South Central Kentuckians - to pack the motorcoach and head out on a 12-day adventure through scenic New England and southern Canada.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of pictures Shelia and I took along the way. This was our first time that far north and was undoubtedly the best trip we've ever taken. The viewers who came with us...along with our tour guide Phyllis Christie of Holiday Vacations and Ken Berg of Ready Bus Lines made this an adventure we will never forget. By the way, there will be more trips to come - hopefully these pics will entice you not to miss the next one!
Crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky into Cincinnati, Ohio. I was singing the WKRP theme song in my head at the time.
I love road trips! Ride a lot, sleep a little, eat a bunch. So happy to be along for the ride. To my left is Joanna Todd from Central City and behind me is Jack Hoeft of Bowling Green.
Our Ready motorcoach driven by Ken Berg (taking care of our bags at our first stop in Washington, Pennsylvania). It was a nice ride and Ken is a pretty awesome driver. The way he navigated through each city, we ended up calling him "The Magic Man".
Here we are having breakfast at the Holiday Inn Washington, PA the next morning. Here I'm chatting with Gary and Linda Taylor of Glasgow.
Here we are about to pack it up to leave Washington, PA for our bus ride to New York City. To my right (in the background) is Joyce Kirby, Sharon Kirby, Earl Kirby, Gary Taylor and Larry Kirby (hidden between Earl and Gary)
The rolling hills of Pennsylvania along the Penna Turnpike. Not much fall color just yet. It's still to come.
Ahh yeah, here we go...some of the first real fall colors start to show along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
We make a pit stop at a service center along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I learn a little history about the legendary highway.
Me and Shelia outside the Pennsylvania Turnpike service center.
Our first glimpse of New York City from the Jersey side. It really is that big!
Still on the Jersey side, traffic slows down to a crawl during afternoon rush hour near Hoboken as everyone tries to head home through the Lincoln Tunnel.
From the bus we can see clear across the Hudson River to midtown Manhattan. What a sight!
Lower Manhattan from our bus. It just doesn't look right without the World Trade Center twin towers.
Eight lanes down to two! You think Scottsville Road is bad, imagine going through this every rush hour. It's a tight squeeze into the Lincoln Tunnel!
"Blamin' it all - on the nights on Broadway..." Here we head into the heart of Manhattan and Broadway. You see the sign for "Jersey Boys" to the left. That's the theatre where we saw the award-winning musical the next night. "Jersey Boys" is the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and it was the best stage production I've ever seen!
Here is our first adventure down Broadway and into Times Square on our first night in New York City. We were all kidding each other to "not look like tourists" but I think we were pretty obvious.
Wow! This is Times Square in the city that never sleeps. I can see why.
So many people - everywhere! It really makes you feel you're part of something much, much bigger than yourself.
It was time for dinner so we stop at the legendary Roxy's Deli on Broadway. Shelia gets the foot-long hot dog with sauerkraut and potato cakes.
A little blurry...Roxy's Deli sign.
Can I eat it all? I will because it's there. Roxy's open-faced meatball sandwich is my choice.
The next morning we head out for our tour of New York City. One of the first sites we see is a statue of Christopher Columbus.
From the bus I catch a shot of the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center.
They don't call this the "upper west side" for nothing. Some of the most expensive apartments in the world are found here surrounding Central Park.
This is the legendary Dakota Hotel and the site where John Lennon was assassinated.
Remember the movie "Night At The Museum"? This is the museum...the American Museum of Natural History.
Swans at Central Park.
One of the beautiful fountains found at Central Park.
The Italian Gardens at Central Park.
Here is part of our tour group strolling through Central Park. To my right is Curtis Duvall of Bowling Green and to his right Jack Hoeft of Bowling Green.
Here is one of the many historic churches found in Manhattan. I'm not sure which one this is since we were on the bus driving by - but I just had to get a picture of it's incredible beauty!
You may recognize this...the Times Square studios of ABC where "Good Morning America" and other shows are done live. I wished we could have been on GMA but our schedule wouldn't allow it for this trip. Maybe next time.
That's all for Part 1 of our New England trip. In the next installment, more New York City sights including Ellis Island, the Statue Of Liberty, Ground Zero and a subway that goes to Bowling Green?? Stay tuned!