Travel to the Northeast with an RV

Travel to the Northeast with an RV


– Well for about two weeks now, Old Kia has been
at this shop here. And let me tell you, the
Pennsylvania RV show, the Hershey show,
it’s about a week away so I’m getting restless. Well that was Thursday morning. It is not Saturday night. And my suspicions were correct. Apparently they ran into
all kinds of problems, putting a new engine
into, a new engine yeah. Actually I’ll tell you all
about it tomorrow morning. I’m gonna hit the road now. ♪ I’m riding, riding, riding ♪ Riding in my my RV, my RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ Because I’m free
in my RV, yeah ♪ (upbeat pensive music) – Well good morning. This is where I ended
up spending the night. Now let’s get some
breakfast, shall we? And my favorite is
usually Grandpa’s. I just had the Grandpa’s
Breakfast, which is my favorite. I arrived here last night,
whew what time was it? Like at 1:00 a.m. And it is now sevenish. I’m gonna take a quick break
and then hit the road again. This is where I slept. Very nice, very quiet. And we’re here in
Vero Beach, Florida. And now as we hit the
road I’m gonna telL you what happened to the car. (upbeat music) Alright, let me tell
you what happened. A little over two weeks ago I
took the car in for service. It needed it, you know I was
gonna embark on this long trip to New England, so you
know spark plugs, brakes, belts, the works. So what happened by the time I was supposed to
pick up the car the service manager of the place tells me that
there is a problem. They broke some hoses and
they had to replace them and they had to order them. It wouldn’t be ready
’til the next day. The next day he tells me that
when they turn over the engine for the first time it was
making a horrible noise and they were gonna fix it. Don’t worry. Well two weeks later
I just got my car. And the consensus is,
and he isn’t even sure, but the consensus is that
a tiny piece of ceramic from one of the spark plugs fell into the engine
somewhere in there. I’m not a mechanic,
but I know the basics of internal combustion. I guess if something
falls into the cylinder and you fire up the engine,
that could cause some damage. To make a long story short, they had to get me a new engine. And it happened to
be a long weekend so the new engine took
forever to get here to Miami. There to Miami, I’m
not in Miami anymore. And then to add
insult to injury, apparently when they were, you know when they
took everything apart,
it’s an old car, so like all the
hoses, they cracked. Everything started falling apart when they took everything out. And in order to put
the engine back in they basically had to
put back all new hoses, all new cables, all new. Even the reservoir for the
coolant, everything is new. So the Kia is running great. I’m on the road again
and I have to drive non stop… if I want to make it to Hershey, Pennsylvania
by Industry Day, which is the goal now. So I’m leaving much later
and I’m trying to arrive one day earlier, or at
least half a day earlier. So that’s the story. Enjoy the ride and if I can
show you anything on the way, I will. (upbeat music) I’m gonna stop
here by Palm Coast to put gas and buy
Ile’s favorite wine. And then off we go again. Passing downtown Jacksonville. And with that we say
goodbye to Florida and hello to Georgia on my mind. Let’s go into the
welcome center. Well hello everybody. I took a shower. Can you tell? It is very hot here in southern Georgia
and northern Florida. And I’ll probably start breaking
a sweat here really soon but anyways let’s go
inside the welcome center, see what’s going on
and what they have. Which, by the way, I
am thinking of taking a more inland route, in
part because of the heat. Maybe you know if I hug the Appalachian
Mountains a little more it’ll be less hot, cooler. And according to Google it’s
only 20, 25 extra minutes. So it might be worth it. Anyway I’m doing
pretty good time. It is, I’ve been
here almost an hour. It is now almost 1:00
p.m. and I’m gonna see if I can get a Georgia map
and hit the road again. ♪ There’s no way to the sky – My original plan was
gonna explore this area, the Cumberland Islands. You know I wanted to
explore Cumberland Island and even a little further north, like Jekyll Island and all that. But of course you all know
that’s not gonna happen, right? Here we are. Got my map. Let’s continue. (man yelling) By the way, part of the
reason why I’m taking that more of a western, inland route, is check it out, it’s because I wanna avoid like the big cities like D.C., you know that eastern corridor can get a little busy sometimes. Did I mention it is hot? Let’s go north. Quickly, let’s go
into the mountains. You see, that’s why I would
like to have it motorized. You just flip a switch and
you have air conditioning, you know generator. Unless I figure out a way to permanently mount
a generator here, just right now, for the
time I’m gonna be here I don’t wanna carry
the generator down, take out the cable,
you know it’s, it’s a little bit of an ordeal. Let me show you what they
did here with the engine. By the way I still have sand
from Key West down there. You see, apparently
all these hoses, all these cables they put new. The reservoir is new as well. The only the thing that
has me kind of nervous is that they didn’t
put the plastic cover. I don’t know if
that’s just ornamental or if that’s like
something that helps anything with the engine. And this seems to be loose. Like they forgot to
put a screw somewhere. I’ll figure it out. Anyways, let’s continue north. Next state is South Carolina. As I’m about to leave, I get recognized by
this nice gentleman and his family. Sorry I didn’t get his name. But if you watch this
video, you made my day. As my travel woes
are about to begin. A couple of miles down the road the check engine light came on. Engine vibrations and
loss of power followed. And I’m like, this is no good. Luckily they have Tires
Plus locations everywhere in this area. So I’ve decided to
stop here in Brunswick to see if they can
take a look at it. They don’t seem to be very busy, but they’ve said that
they cannot look at
it until tomorrow. I understand, it is
a Sunday afternoon. I’m just gonna use
my OBD2 reader here to have an idea what is going on and get this show
back on the road. Well the check engine
light did turn on and it started running rough for a couple of
miles back there. The code said something
about cylinder five misfire. But I cleared and I forgot
to take a screenshot. I’m sure it’ll happen again. I went to the Tires Plus, but they couldn’t
do anything there. They didn’t have enough
employees I guess. It’s Sunday. We’ll make it there. Since the misfire seems
to be very intermittent and 90% of the time
the engine runs well, I’ve made the executive decision
to continue pushing north. Maybe it is just a glitch,
maybe I’m just a fool. But at this point, I’m
still kind of determined to make it to
Hersey by tomorrow. Let’s stop here at the South
Carolina welcome center and take a break. Hmm, it looks like we have
a couple of stowaways here. Some much needed coffee and
on the road again we are. (upbeat music) Okay, let’s talk
about gas mileage. Not great. Last fill up was at
9.87 miles per gallon, but it’s been
hovering around nine. I thought with the new engine,
new spark plugs and all that, that I would get better mileage. But… It’s actually a little worse, which is, unexpected. I am going to take I-26 west now and make that inland detour. And there is the
occasional rain. But this is my
kind of landscape. Rolling hills which is a nice
change of scenery for sure. (bright music) As night begins to fall,
I arrive at Columbia, not the South American country, but South Carolina’s
capital city. And check out exhibit
A here on the left. There’s a Walmart nearby,
apparently RV friendly. So yeah, goodnight. Well I can’t sleep, so I’m
gonna hit the road early. By the way, good morning. I think we might get
to Hershey today. I don’t know if you noticed, but I moved last night. I decided to come to
the Cracker Barrel. That Walmart looked
a little sketchy. And in my experience, if
a place looks sketchy, it usually is and it’s better
to err on the side of caution. So anyways it is now 5:30 a.m. And let’s try to beat
Charlotte’s rush hour traffic. (upbeat music) Hmm, well so much for beating
rush hour traffic, huh? And now it doesn’t look like Old Kia is going to
make it very far. So I pull over to regroup here. I mean the misfiring is
still very intermittent, but it is evident that
it is getting worse. As we pass the
Carowinds amusement park we are now in North Carolina. – [GPS] Welcome
to North Carolina. – Thank you. The drive across Lake Norman
by the city of Mooresville. And by this point Old
Kia is limping along. Let me stop at
this rest area here because I have to
make a decision. But first, breakfast. Okay let me tell
you what’s going on. I am here about an hour north
of Charlotte, North Carolina at this rest area. I just had breakfast. I put that OBD2 code
reader and it says PO2O5 which is like,
like an injector on the voltage or
something like that. And then there is
a B0305 which is a cylinder five misfire. I don’t know if that’s
something really serious, I don’t know if
I’m gonna make it. Or if I should
take it to a shop. You know there’s no Tire
Plus here in this area. But they told me that I could
take it to any Firestone. I don’t know if I
should try to make it. I’m still about five to six
hours away from Hershey. I mean if I take it to a place
here I’m not gonna make it to Industry Day. So I don’t know, I’m in… What’s the word I’m looking for? You know what I mean? Indecision. Dilemma. Well I’m gonna have to
backtrack to Mooresville. I’m gonna take it
to a Firestone. See what’s going on. Oh well. So I’m backtracking
about 20 miles. Yeah I was gonna try to push it, see if I could make it, but
I’d rather get stuck here and not in the
middle of nowhere. By the way, Mooresville here is home of many Nascar
racing teams and drivers. So it is probably also home of some of the best
mechanics in the world. Unfortunately, and this is
a spoiler alert, by the way That was the last time Old Kia
ever towed anything. Well, I’m boondocking
at the Firestone Well, I’m boondocking
at the Firestone Well I’m gonna start
to do like Mike and say that my plan
is not to have a plan because I did not have a plan to spend the night here in
Mooresville, North Carolina. But it looks that way. I’ve got my generator
going back there. And apparently there is
one connector on the engine something that the
people in Miami didn’t do correctly, apparently. And they’re ordering it,
it’s coming tomorrow morning, so by tomorrow morning,
by tomorrow noon, I should be able to
depart towards Hershey, (babbles) I’m tired. Towards Hershey, Pennsylvania. And see some of the RV show
and meet some of the guys. I think I’m gonna edit
some video while I’m here. I’ll turn on the
AC a little bit. Had I known I would have
leveled the RV a little better. But it’s not bad,
it’s level enough. I’ll keep you posted. Oh by the way, did I mention
there’s a hurricane coming? Yeah, that too. I went to dinner with my friend and fellow YouTuber Brian
Wood and his family, but we didn’t even
take a selfie. Well good morning from
Mooresville, North Carolina. Here I am, editing a
little bit of video. I brought my generator
in last night. It’s a little bit
of a mess in here. There’s my mobile office
with my CDs and stuff. And here I am, boondocking
at the Firestone still. I’m going to make some coffee
now and some breakfast. And then I found
the post office. I have to walk like
1/4 mile or so. And I’m gonna mail one CD
and then hopefully by noon, Kia will be ready. Wrap for breakfast. I put some ham, cheese,
chicken salad from Publix, some veggies and some Thousand
Island dressing on there. And one of these organic
Mission tortillas. The mechanic said
that he’s going to, the parts arrive
around 10, 11 ish. And the mechanic told me he
was gonna get right to it, you know he’s gonna drop
everything and get right to it. So he gonna get me
out of here soon. So, I’m anticipating
between 12 and 1:00 p.m. I’ll be on the
road but who knows. Well I just mailed a CD
here from this place. Now check it out, they
have a Publix here. I know in New England
things might start to look a little unfamiliar,
but at least for now, we’re still in Publix land. My mechanic here owns
a vintage Dodge Ram. So you know he’s legit, right? Still, he’s been working
all day on Old Kia. And still there’s no solution
to the misfire problem. Alright everybody,
quick update here. I’m trying not to lose my cool, but it’s been one of those days. I don’t know if I told you but
they are not able to fix Kia. It’s a little bit
of a red tape issue with the Miami office and
the Miami regional manager. I don’t know exactly
what’s going on yet. But anyways I came to
U-haul to rent a truck. And unfortunately everybody, very nice here in this
town of Mooresville, but unfortunately their trucks only have the four
pin connector, so it’s no good to tow Minitini. Now Richard, a viewer of a
friend here in Mooresville, he’s going to,
he’s going to come, pick me up, we’re
gonna pick up Minitini and I’m gonna be boondocking
at his home tonight. And hopefully all this
will get solved soon. I really do. I haven’t been
filming much today because it’s been a little
bit of frustrating day, but hopefully tomorrow
we’ll get on the road and eventually begin the
real portion of this trip. We just arrived here
at Richard’s house. And this gentleman,
what’s your name again? – Barry. – [Robert] Barry was
so kind to tow me, tow Minitini with his truck. And I’m boondocking
here at Richard’s place. – Hey we got Robert
all straightened out. – Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. – Don’t worry about it. – And hopefully
tomorrow we’ll be able to get a truck and
get on the road before this hurricane
passes through. – Listen, my house
is your house. You can stay here
as long as you want. Don’t worry about it. – Thank you so much. – You’re welcome,
you’re welcome. – Wow, here are my luxury
accommodations for the night. (country music) That’s where Old Kia
is spending the night. Let’s take advantage that
we’re here at stoplight. Richard, where are we going? – We’re going to Tim’s Table. – Tim’s Table. – Tim’s Table in
downtown Mooresville. – Let me tell you it’s
been a stressful day so I could use a nice
meal and an IPA is what– – Well you’ll get a
nice meal, a good IPA. It’s, it’ll be good. – Yeah, it’ll be good. It’s been a stressful day but
it’s already getting better and tomorrow, I have
a feeling tomorrow is gonna be almost
back to normal. We’ll see.
– Yep, cool. – I have to find a truck. That’s the main thing. – Yeah, exactly. – Alright, talk
to you guys later. – See you guys. One of the oldest hardware
stores in North Carolina, right here. It’s D.E. Turner. Such a great little place. It’s all original. They’re not open
though, too bad. Oh it’s so cool. – [Robert] Local honey for sale. Alright, here we are. Let’s eat. Pretty cool place. I think I’m going to go
for the Cuban sandwich. – [Richard] Palm
trees, I love it. (laughing) – Well let’s eat. And just like that, the pretty
stressful day comes to an end as the sun sets over
Mooresville, North Carolina. (thoughtful music) Good morning from my full
hookup site here at Richard’s. On the next day,
after much waiting, Bridgestone was able
to get me a truck, probably the last available
truck in the whole state of North Carolina, with the
hurricane coming and all that. It was an hour away
driving Gastonia. So I went there
and drove it back to Mooresville to
pick up Minitini There’s Lake Norman. Of course, there is a
great height differential between this truck and old Kia. So I’m gonna have to ask
the guys at the Firestone if they can help me
adjust the hitch. I might as well take
care of my tire problem and then I replace that
rear tire and off we go! Yeah, you all know
I have that one tire that wears out faster
then the rest, right? (country music) It is going to take me a while
to get used to this big truck but if there is a plus, it
is that I can’t barely notice I am doing anything
at all, so tires plus and Firestone’s parent
company, Bridgestone came through after all
and I’m on the road again. The fate of old Kia? Still uncertain at this point. I think they are going to tow
it all the way back to Miami. So I’m on the road again. I’m kinda tired, I’m gonna
drive about an hour today and then check this baby out. I’m sure you saw it if
you follow me on Instagram @travelingrobert but they got me a huge truck. So, that’s what we’re
planning on doing for now, the rest of the trip. The trip is gonna be
cut short by the way. I’m not gonna be
able to go to Canada, and because I, you know they’re
towing old Kia back to Miami for some reason instead
of just fixing it here. So I’m gonna have
to return this truck in Miami in two weeks. Well, yes, I was originally
going to spend some time in the New England states,
even New Brunswick, Canada but plans change, right? I’m gonna stop here at this
friendly Walmart and rest. And check it out,
we actually fit into two adjacent
parking spaces. Not so big after all. It barely fits but it fits. (dramatic music) Good morning. I think I got the car
setup to my liking now. ETA six hours and 24 minutes. Let’s hit the road. (guitar music) Well, you know how
it is when you get a new car for the first time. You have to setup the Bluetooth
and the steering wheel, and in my case, the
dash camera mount, and the phone
mount, and I’m still not 100% comfortable
but it’ll do. After about half an hour on the
road, we arrive in Virginia. I wanted to stop here
at the welcome center but the RV section is all taken because some trucks
decided to park in it. There is another whole
section, just for trucks. I’m kind of bummed out, but
isn’t this a beautiful drive? And we haven’t even really
seen the best part yet, which will be on I-81, I reckon. By the way, big white
here is tackling this long uphill climb
like it’s nothing. Can’t even tell if it’s
towing anything behind, which is quite a
change from old Kia. (“Music City: Free in My
RV” by Robert Morales) Hello, everybody. This was one of those
uphills where old Kia would have struggled
tremendously. And this truck
didn’t even feel it. I mean it’s a heavy
duty, what’s it called? Anyways, I’m kind of bummed
out that I couldn’t stop at the Virginia welcome center. I was really looking
forward to getting a map but I’m gonna go into Virginia
on the way south again so, probably through I-95 so I
might be able to do it then. (“Music City: Free in My
RV” by Robert Morales) Let’s take a quick break
here, put gas, and continue. Whoops, wrong side. (lively music) It continues to be a
beautiful drive on I-81, which goes along the
Appalachian Mountains, mostly over earlier
roads and paths created by Native Americans,
early settlers, and even migrating
animals, or so I’ve heard. Let’s make a quick
breakfast stop, shall we? My sliced ham went bad but
my cubed ham is still good. I put some cheese, lettuce, thousand island dressing,
and it’s a wrap. Well, that was a very simple
breakfast but very satisfying. This truck is a beast. I just floored it back there
because I had to pass somewhere and it was like
(imitates car engine) like nothing is back
there, incredible. By the way, on a side note, it looks like this
inconvenience might shatter, my dream of doing the lower 48 by the time I’m 48, although You never know but I have
to return the truck to Miami in two weeks or 13 days now. So I’m not gonna be able to
see Vermont or New Hampshire, the Maine, maybe, we’ll see. Still very happy to be able to continue on the
road and travel. It’s a beautiful drive
this interstate 81, I wish I could stop, you know,
and smell the mountains but we’ll be back to this
area at some point. Now, the goal is
Hershey, Pennsylvania. By 3:00 p.m., maybe four. (upbeat music) To me, I-81 here is a
great alternative to I-95 since it doesn’t go through
any large metropolitan areas besides, being a much
more scenic drive. (upbeat music) And guess what? We are now in West Virginia. – [GPS voice] Welcome
to West Virginia. – Thank you. Alright, another state. I think there’s a visitor
center coming up so let’s go in. (camera shutter clicks) Yes, very excited to be
back in West Virginia but unfortunately, like
in my previous visit, it is going to be all too brief. (car honks) (birds chirping) There are so many places
that I was planning to visit here in West
Virginia originally but I don’t think
it’s gonna happen now. (upbeat music) I continue relentlessly. In about half an hour, we should
be crossing into Maryland. Oh, a little bit of
construction in this area, here. And not the smoothest of roads but as we cross the Potomac
River, we are now in Maryland. (upbeat music) Just a few minutes later,
we enter Pennsylvania. (camera shutter clicks) So far, the one
thing I don’t like about Pennsylvania, toll booths. Way too many of them
here in the northeast but it is what it is, right? Now, crossing the
Susquehanna River into Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania’s capital. And now, we get to pay. It is $5 and five cents
with my four Axels, and you know, there
will be plenty of more tolls in this area and I know all
about the E-Zpass, it would have been a
little cheaper and quicker but I’m on a rental truck so
I didn’t want to deal with it. Driving in this part of
the country seems somehow more complicated, and sometimes,
especially after you know, driving all day, I’m kinda
tired but 50 minutes, I’m gonna be in Hershey and at least I’ll
be coming at the KOA and then we’ll go to
Hershey for the meet up, and let’s see what we
can do between the rest of today and tomorrow morning. (lively music) I finally arrive at the
KOA and shortly after, I get to meet Herby
AKA Red Jaguar. – You finally made it. – [Robert] I finally made it. – [Herby] This is my wife, Mary. – [Mary] How are you. – I’m pleased to
meet you, I’m Robert. – It’s a pleasure
likewise, hi Robert. I feel like I know you. – [Herby] Wow, you got a pickup. – Not just any pickup,
it’s like a monster truck. (Herby laughs) Yeah. – [Herby] Awesome. – [Robert] Yeah, it’s
been a long trip. – My name is John. – John, I’m Robert,
pleased to meet you. Thank you so much.
– Love your videos. (camera shutter clicks) – Oh thank you, I appreciate it. – [Herby] And he was
gracious enough to come. – Yeah. – [Herby] I am thankful. – I wanted to be here
on Tuesday but you know. – [Herby] Yeah, it
wasn’t your fault. It was outside of your control. – I know, that’s
right I’m trying but – [Herby] It was
outside of your control – It was outside
of my control, so. Oh well.
– And Red Jag got ’em down. – Better late than never, right? – [Mary] That’s right. – Yeah, that was going. – [John] You going to the show? – Tomorrow, I’m just. – [Herby] Yeah, he don’t
have much time now. – [John] Oh, I know. If you want here’s the outlay
if you wanna get a head start. – Oh , oh thank you, that’s
great to know, yeah, yeah. – [John] Yeah, that’s what
they give you when you get in but if you got
that ahead of time, you can see what’s where. – I’m gonna check it
out now, tonight before. – [John] You going to Maine? – I don’t know if
I’m gonna be able to make it to Maine
anymore because I have to return this big thing
to Miami in two weeks. – Oh that’s going to Miami – Yeah, originally, I was
going back to Charlotte. I said well, from Charlotte, that goal will come back instead of mine but
– Yeah. – But he didn’t want
me to bring it to Miami because they’re towing
old Kia to Miami. – [Herby] Are they? – I don’t know why,
I guess they don’t trust North Carolina mechanics. – [Herby] Ah, well corporate
office will do that – Yeah that’s probably
what they’ll do. As soon as I arrive
in Pennsylvania, and I knew I was going
to make it to Hershey, I posted on FaceBook, let’s
have a meetup today at Troegs in Hershey at around 6:00 p.m., so I rode with Herby and his
wife, Mary designated driver, hoping that someone
would be there. Check out the Hershey
Kisses shaped streetlights. Yeah, I think
everything in this town revolves about the chocolate. (upbeat music) Anyways, here we are. Troegs Independent Brewing,
and they have a beer garden. Let’s go inside with Herby. – [Armando] Herby! How are you? Welcome. – [Robert] As soon as we arrive, we are greeted by Armando Corea, his wife, Annie, and
his mom, Esperanza. (crowd laughing) I also get to meet Barbara. – [Herby] How you doin’? Herby Mont
– It’s nice to meet you That’s my wife, Annie.
– Hi how are you doing? – [Herby] My wife, Mary. It’s a pleasure to meet you – Annie. – [Herby] Annie? – I was asking for the bags. (Annie, Mary, and Herby laughs) – [Herby] Busted! – [Robert] Actually
million viewers on the road is one of the most rewarding parts of this
job, of this lifestyle. It’s always surprising that
they know so much about you and you know so
little ’bout them. Dale Brown, who was inside
of the bar eventually also came out, and
that was the group, a small, yet diverse
group of people with one main thing in
common, our love for travel. – Why would you put. – Eventually, we move
inside to get a larger table and something to eat, and
it was quite the feast. It was great to hang out and
exchange stories from the road. Well, unfortunately, we didn’t
get to spend much time here at the KOA but it was great. There’s Herby. You’re gonna give me
some of that footage. – [Herby] Okay. – Alright. And anyways, it was great
meeting up with Herby and the rest of the gang and Mr. Corea, and Barbara, and Dale. Had a great time last
night at the brewery. Hold on. I’m really tired, by the way, if I sounded tired,
it’s because I am. As it started to catch up to me, but the idea is to
relax tonight in Philly, charge up all my
batteries and tomorrow, we’re gonna spend the day
in Philadelphia, you know. We’ll see as much as we can, I’m not gonna stress
you know about it. I’m trying to show
you guys every single you know place, every single attraction
but we’ll see some stuff. It’ll be fun for sure. Next stop is the giant center
here in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We’re gonna attend the RV
show I know a lot of you are also gonna be there
and it’ll be great to meet up with you guys. Whoa, this road is not
the greatest, is it? (car keys dangle) (“Riding in My RV”
by Robert Morales) Off to Hershey we go. ♪ I’m riding ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ‘Cause I’m free in my RV ♪ Yeah, I’m riding ♪ Riding, riding ♪ I’m riding in my RV ♪ My RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ‘Cause I’m free
in my RV, yeah ♪ It is a pretty drive, isn’t it? If perhaps, a little
bit more rural than I expected
it, to be honest. And here we are,
arriving at the show. Free parking, by the way,
unless you want to over night. I usually get recognized
by quite a few people at events like this one,
and particularly lately. Well, here we are, the
largest RV show in America, or so they say. – Tampa says it’s the biggest but these people,
they’ve got the names. – I’m gonna begin by checking
out the giant center, which is a lot less
crowded than I expected but hey, it’s still early. It is a lot quieter
than I expected. I expected to see more
people here but it’s early, I guess they’ll
get busier later. Then the vast outdoor area. I was originally going
to be here for four days and now, I’ve only
got four hours. So I’m only going to show
you a few of my favorites and because I made a much
longer video of the whole show. My favorite this time around
is the Pleasure-Way Lexor. As we realize that at
this stage in our lives, we prefer the flexibility
of a proper class B. Even if it can be
hard to live long term in such close quarters. Our favorite is actually
the TS floor plan. Although here, I am
showing you the FL model. We have the wet bath, but it’s
a pretty sizeable one if you, as you can see, the same
large sink we’re paying, stove, here’s a
convection microwave, the same Dometic
refrigerator was on the XLTS. And back here is a
very similar deal. I call this the XLTS mini
because we have the bed here and let me show you, we fit
east-west or north-north-south, I don’t know exactly how they
call it so that it’s perfect. I fit completely back
here in this sofa and that the deal maker
for this Promaster Chassis instead of the Sprinter
where it’s just a couple of inches too narrow. Okay let’s get out of here, a lot of people are
waiting to see this one. Let’s check out the Bambi,
a lot of people have asked about the Bambi and this is
the Bambi Flying Cloud 19CB. Well, if we wanted to keep
on going the travel-trailer route, which we’re not really. And if money was no object
to which it definitely is. I would probably go for
something like this. Let’s see the bathroom. ‘Cause they usually have a, and this is a pretty
clever solution. It’s a dry bath and then if you put it this way, I guess you have some
privacy in there, or you can have it that
way, have more room. Here’s the sink on the outside, three burner stove. This is a very cool
unit because you have a permanent bed and
a permanent table. So if you have
different schedules, you can both work
at the same time, and $60,000 for a 19CB. Well, that’s all
I’m going to cover in this particular
video because as I said, I made a much longer
one just about the show. And now, it is a two hour
drive to Philadelphia, where Ili is
flying this evening. And now, we’re going
to switch gears. In the next portion
of this trip, we are going to focus on
some of the larger cities, and how to RV in them,
and let me tell you, each one is different. (funky music) – [Robert] Generally speaking, driving into a big
city with an RV or any large vehicle for
that matter is not advisable, unless, of course, you
really want to see the city. Finding where to park your
rig can also be a challenge, although there is always an
option, as we’ll soon find out. In any case, today we are
going to visit Philadelphia, the birthplace of America
and the Philly cheesesteak, among other things. Our RV park here, not in the most attractive
part of town, I must say. My friend Rob said it looked
like a penitentiary facility and, yes, it is ugly as sin, but we’re not staying here
for the camping facilities or the natural beauty. We’re staying here because it is minutes
away from city center. When RVing in big cities, sometimes location and access
to public transportation is the most important amenity. The folks who manage the park, very, very nice, very pleasant, and it seems to be very safe. They even have an electrified
fence in the back. They do offer a
free shuttle service that will take you
to the bus stop. Anyways, here we are. We even have a little bit of
a view of the Philly skyline. Well, good morning. I checked and there are no
flight restrictions in the area, so let’s check out our
surroundings before we go from 400 feet above ground. (light electronic music) Sometimes, even modern
cameras can’t figure out certain situations like
sunrises on their own, so sometimes you just have
to dive into the manual mode. Yeah, it is kind of an
industrial part of town. Here’s the Schuylkill River, a tributary to the Delaware
River on the other side of town, which we will see later today
when we visit Penn’s Landing. The Delaware is
the natural border between Pennsylvania
and New Jersey. Well, now that I’ve
shown you around, let’s get ready
to explore Philly. Well, here we are at the
Campus Park and Ride. And now, we’re going to
take a shuttle to the city. Ooh, by the way, kind
of noisy here sometimes. Another thing to consider. We take the shuttle bus
out of this industrial area and, hmm, that’s a
pretty big garage sale. At least, that’s
what I think that is. We go across the river
onto University City, where all the hospitals are. And here, we take bus
42 the rest of the way. – [Announcement]
Caution, caution. Caution, caution,
caution, caution, caution. – Hey, there’s the
Independence Hall. I think we missed our stop. Let’s get off right here. Here, they have a statue
called The Signer, almost right next door
to the Independence Hall. It was completed in 1980
and it is dedicated to those who signed the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution. Let’s walk a half a block here towards the Independence Hall, which was originally the
Pennsylvania Statehouse. In order to visit
and see inside, you actually have to
get an appointment at the visitors center, so we’re probably going to
do that tomorrow morning because I really
want to go inside. Here’s a close-up of the
George Washington statue in front of the
Independence Hall. Liberty Bell. Yeah, the entrance is all
the way to the other side. They have all
these displays here with the history of the
bell as a symbol of liberty, from the time when it used to be atop the Independence Hall
and how it got cracked. The current visible crack, actually, it’s part
of a repair job. I didn’t know that. There it is, towards the end. Actually, I am really
glad we came early and there are not
too many people, because this is a very
popular tourist attraction. Here we have, of course,
the Liberty Bell. Well, that was
really cool to see, one of the many things we want
to see here in Philadelphia, which, so far, I like it a lot, especially this part of the city with very nice architecture;
some old, some not so old. This here is Washington
Square, and let’s check it out. This was one of the
original five squares envisioned by the city
founder, William Penn. Here’s the
Bicentennial Moon Tree, planted from one of many seeds that made a round-trip to
the moon aboard Apollo 14. It actually looks kind of sad. Maybe it’s the low gravity
experienced by the seed. The park also served
as a burial ground for many, many years. And nowadays, it is just
this pleasant square enjoyed by tourists
and locals alike. Now we are approaching the Tomb of the Unknown
Revolutionary War Soldier, erected in 1954
after they removed all the Civil War monuments because they wanted to focus
on the Revolutionary War. Check out those
Illuminati-looking
reliefs on that building. So, this whole park
is a grave, basically. Here’s the monument
from the back. And I don’t know
if you’ve noticed, but we haven’t had breakfast yet and my stomach is
starting to growl, and that looks
like a nice place. The old kitchen. We get some coffee. Right here in front
of Washington Square. And frittatas, very nice. Rob Nistory, a South Philly
native and longtime viewer, has been texting me because he wants to
show me the real Philly, where he grew up, so we are going to meet
up in a little bit. But first, I want to explore
all this historic area and the Independence
Visitor Center. This is actually where
you get the tickets for the Independence Hall. And they have a gentleman
playing the dulcimer. (soft dulcimer music) – Morning. – [Robert] Look
who we have here. I guess nowadays
Rocky is as famous in this town as old Ben himself. There it is once
again across the park, the Independence Hall. And the National
Constitution Center, which is an interactive museum of the history that
transpired here. We continue to the Christ
Church Burial Ground, final resting place
of Benjamin Franklin. $3 per person. The map is an extra dollar. And they also
offer guided tours. (slow pop music) We’re just going to walk
around a little bit, explore the old cemetery. There’s a Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration
of Independence and designer of the
first American flag. But of course, he’s not the only important
person interred here. I bet you most of these
worn-out gravestones have a place in history. Now, let’s go visit Ben. Yes, this is the
final resting place of Benjamin Franklin himself. And here’s an epitaph written
by Benjamin as a young man. It is a small yet
beautiful necropolis. And here he is again, this one made out of keys and
pennies, thousands of them. Hmm, he kind of
looks like the guy on the $100 bill, doesn’t he? And how would you
change the world? It is always great to walk
around, stumble upon things; the only way to
truly see a city. And here we are at
Betsy Ross House. She is credited with making
the first American flag. There is a museum but,
hmm, another time perhaps. Gentrification. We are now at the heart of
the area called Old City, the oldest and most historic
part of Philadelphia, with all these narrow
cobblestone streets, many dating back
to colonial times. Elfreth’s Alley. Elfreth’s Alley here is the
oldest continuously inhabited residential street in
the whole United States, the oldest house
dating back to 1702. By the way, these are
all private residences, with two exceptions:
two museums. And it looks like we
arrived here right on time, as the hordes of tourists
are coming in droves. Let’s explore some
of the more intricate nooks and crannies here. Look, for rent! I wonder how much it
would cost to live here, surrounded by history. 1749. Yeah, it hasn’t been
cleaned since 1749. Stepping back in time. Let’s take a break, shall we,
at this semicircular bench. (light pop music) Very, very picturesque. Let’s continue towards
Penn’s Landing. By the way, lots
of new residential
apartments in this area, an interesting juxtaposition
of the old and the new. Penn’s Landing there, that way. Definitely a very
photogenic area; photographer’s
paradise, for sure. Should I? No, maybe not. That steeple there belongs
to the Christ Church, very historic, actually linked to the burial
grounds we saw earlier. It was originally founded
in 1695, colonial times. And here we are. There is a recommended donation
of $5 per person to enter, but it is totally voluntary. And there’s… Penn’s Landing! Penn’s Landing here marks the
spot on the Delaware River where William Penn, founder
of the city, first arrived. There’s the Benjamin
Franklin Bridge that spans the Delaware River connecting Pennsylvania
to New Jersey. It looks like they turned the
old pier into a condominium, but, hey, whatever works, right? More gentrification. The black SUV? That’s Rob, who somehow
tracked us down. You’ll get to meet him soon. Super cool guy. But first, let’s walk
around Penn’s Landing while he finds parking. Beautiful views of
the Delaware River and the Battleship New
Jersey on the other side. Here’s Gazela, a wooden
ship built in 1909, originally a commercial
fishing vessel. And now, it’s just here,
cruising the Delaware River. Here they have this hockey rink. And here we have a
very special ship. This is Cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship
afloat in the world. And apparently
they also rent you these swan-shaped
paddleboats and paddleboards and all that good stuff. And there he is.
– There you are! – There he is, I’m here.
(Robert laughing) And you could go from
Cape May all the way– – Yes, Rob has all kinds
of good suggestions for road trips along
the Eastern Seaboard. Here’s also submarine
Becuna; really, really cool. I wish we had time to go inside. So, we bumped into Rob
Nistory here in Philadelphia. You’re a Philadelphia
native, right? – Yes I am. – And you’re gonna
show us around. Now, what are we gonna see? – Today, we’re gonna
see South Philadelphia, where I grew up,
the Italian Market, and then we’re also gonna
go around the Art Museum, where Rocky ran up the steps. Hopefully we’re also
gonna get Robert to run down Ninth Street
like Rocky did in the movie. – We’ll see about that. I’m a little outta shape.
(Rob laughing) I’m a little out
of shape right now. But anyways, let’s
explore a little bit of the real Philadelphia. – [Rob] What I would
call it is going, doing the whole East Coast,
from Myrtle Beach on up, hitting the coastline– (upbeat dance music) – [Robert] First, we’re
gonna go to this neighborhood called Northern Liberties, where there are a bunch
of bars and restaurants. Seems to be a trendy
area these days. – [Rob] Jerry’s Bar. Wanna go to Jerry’s Bar? – [Robert] Well, here we are. Pretty cool bar, and we are having a very
refreshing Cape May IPA. Well, yes, apparently
lots of good places to eat around this area, thanks to some recent
revitalization, I hear. Now we are heading
to South Philly. – [Rob] Right here, Radicchio. It’s actually open. See this? – [Robert] Oh I see, yeah. – [Rob] That is the spot to go. – [Robert] All right. – [Rob] So, if you ever
come to Philadelphia, this is where the people
go, little corner place. – [Robert] There’s Jim’s a
famous Philly cheesesteak joint, but that’s not
where we’re going. We continue immersing ourselves into the traditionally Italian
neighborhood in South Philly. The ice cream truck
in front of us, a staple here in this
area called Mister Softee. There’s John’s Water Ice,
another local delicacy; apparently thicker
than a slushee but thinner than a sno-cone and definitely not
an Italian ice, according to the Urban
Dictionary anyways. We are approaching now
the famous Italian Market. Isgro Pasticceria there
is supposed to have the best pastries
in all South Philly; and cannoli, of course. Mmm, fresh handmade ravioli. This house coming
up here to the right used to belong to Angelo Bruno, boss of the Philadelphia
crime family for two decades until his assassination in 1980, right there, in
front of his house. As you see, pretty normal
house, nothing too extravagant. Well, my stomach is growling, so I think we should go get
some Philly cheesesteaks. Apparently, Pat’s invented
it and Geno perfected it. And according to Rob,
Geno’s is a bit cleaner. In any case, the
secret ingredient is
apparently the bread. Can’t wait to get there. Mamma Maria. Ristorante Italiano. – [Rob] Now I gotta figure out how to get on that
YouTube video. – [Robert] Yeah, hello there. – [Rob] This is the beginning
of the Italian Market. – [Robert] There’s
Pat’s, as I said, allegedly the birthplace
of the cheesesteak, but I think we’re going
to Geno’s instead. There’s a line, but– – [Rob] No, that’ll move fast. We could actually
park if you wanted to. – Isn’t that something that both competing joints
are facing each other? Probably a good idea to
sample both, actually. By the way, traffic is terrible. But Rob knows what he’s doing. We found parking. And now we’re gonna get
a Philly cheesesteak which my friend Rob here
says, what is it called? – [Rob] Melted wit. – Melted wit. That’s what they call it here, so we’re gonna get a
melted wit at Geno’s. We gotta stand in line,
but it’s not too bad. – How do you like it? Whiz wit? – [Rob] Whiz wit. – Okay.
– Yeah. – Three whiz wits. – [Woman] Three whiz wit. This is mushroom/pepper– – See, three whiz wit. He’s in Florida, so he
don’t get the good bread. He’s filming for his TV
show, Traveling Robert. – Oh, all right! $30. That sounds good. – [Robert] Let’s go to
Rob’s secret place here. – My secret place?
(Robert laughing) Can I just get through? Okay, my secret place
is hit, is taken. – [Robert] Philly cheesesteak. A melted with. – See, this is where I go for
Philly cheesesteaks: Geno’s. – [Robert] Mmm, that
tastes really good. – Listen, when the
little martini, when mini martini can’t make it, when it comes to Philadelphia, we park it and then
we go in the Denali. – [Robert] The Denali. – [Rob] Rob’s Denali. – [Robert] Yeah. (laughing) So, where are we going? The Italian Market? – This is the Italian Market. If you wanna run up Ninth
Street, we could film you. You want me to film you? – [Robert] No, that’s okay. – You sure? – All right, so
this is the street where Rocky Balboa was
running in the movie. Maybe I should do it. I don’t know, I don’t know.
– You should do it. – After that Philly cheesesteak, I mean, cheesesteak,
no, a melted with, I don’t know if I can
do it, but we’ll see. – [Rob] It was a
whiz wit, whiz wit. – Whiz wit, whiz wit. – [Rob] Whiz wit. – [Robert] And here we are
now at the Italian Market. All kinds of produce and
meat, cheese, seafood. The combination of smells,
deliciously overwhelming. Mmm, sausages. This is probably the real
stuff too. (laughing) – [Rob] How you gonna cook it? For the martini, don’t you? (Robert laughing) A little pet, right? – [Robert] Let’s
get some cheese. – [Rob] And they have all
different types of cheeses. – [Robert] Oh, that’s cool. – I mean, we make it all
up here in Philadelphia. – [Rob] I know. – Try this drawing. – [Robert] Here’s Ralph’s, America’s oldest Italian
restaurant, established in 1900. And the Sarcone’s Bakery, this year, 2018, celebrating
its hundredth anniversary. 100 years in business
throughout five generations. They’re actually closing down,
but the owner is Rob’s friend and he was nice enough to show me the hundred-year-old
ovens in the back. – That’s all stale bread. – [Rob] So, what bread is that? – Stale bread so I
can make bread crumbs. – [Rob] Bread crumbs, and
throw ’em at people like me? (Robert laughing) – [Robert] So,
these are the ovens. – So, this is the world-famous
bakery, Sarcone’s. We’ve been all
over Philly today. I’m teaching him. And what do we say?
– I’m Robert. – Tell him what we say. – Cuz, yo cuz. (Robert laughing) – He’s learning, he’s learning. – [Robert] I’m learning, I’m
learning the language, yeah. – Yo cuz, what are
you doing, man? What are you doing today? – This is great. This is where the magic
happens back here. – Yeah, this is two
buildings: 756, 758. My grandfather broke through
about a hundred years ago. We started out one building
over here in our basement, our ovens in the basement, and we came up
here in the early– – [Rob] There’s an oven
in the basement still? – There’s an over down
in the basement, yeah. It’s underneath the floor,
underneath these ovens. It’s like Moonstruck. – [Rob] General Oven
Company, New York. Look at that. You know how old that is? – That’s awesome in there. All right, that was really cool. – [Rob] All right, thank you! – So, give me two
pounds of these– – Okay, we are kind of tired, so we’re gonna go
back to the RV, take a break, and
then go out again. By the way, I really
want to thank Rob Nistory for showing me around Philly. This was truly a
unique experience. We have new neighbors. (upbeat dance music) Okay, we took a break and
now we’re going out again. This time, we’re taking
an Uber to save some time. Well, we’re here by
the Museum of Art, and look at the line
to take a picture with the statute
of Rocky Balboa. Well, we couldn’t come to Philly and not do the
Rocky steps, right? So, that’s what we
are going to do next, along with all
the other tourists who came here to
do the same thing. (singing Rocky theme) I’m a little out of shape. (singing Rocky theme) We made it. I might not be Rocky Balboa, but I also did make it here
to the top of the Rocky steps right here at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art. And this is the
view from up here. Great view of Philly. Now I’m tempted to walk on the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway here all the way to City
Hall and Center City. But first, let’s
check this out here. Cool pediment
depicting 13 figures of the classical mythology,
Zeus at the middle. Actually, I think
most people come here just for the Rocky steps. Very few actually
see the museum, which is probably pretty good, but we’re just here
for the steps today. Very nice view of the
Philadelphia skyline from here, which has changed quite a bit since the Rocky movie
was filmed in 1976. Okay, did that. Let’s go back down and
continue exploring Philly. It’s much easier on the
way down. (laughing) Oh, that Philly
cheesesteak. (laughing) Here you go. It’s a thing to do
the Rocky steps. Let’s get a softee. Even the one in Finland
was cheaper than this. $4 for a softee. Oh well, you’re in front
of the museum, right? Cruise America. (soft pop music) There is an outdoor
concert happening, although no one seems
to be listening. And apparently this weekend, they are holding a Rock
‘n’ Roll Marathon here. That’s why they have
all these barricades. And this here is the
Washington Monument Fountain. The actual equestrian
sculpture of George Washington dates back to 1897, although
it was moved here in 1928 after they completed the parkway
and the Eakins Oval here. At the bottom, they have
sculptures of Native Americans and animals native
to the United States. I think it is a
beautiful monument here. Check out the moon. Kind of looks like the
Death Star, don’t you think? Well, the idea is to
walk on the parkway here all the way to the other end. (light pop music) There’s the Rodin Museum. Yes, that’s another museum
I would’ve liked to visit. I missed the one in Paris
a couple of years ago and it looks like we’re
going to miss this one too. One day in Philly
is just not enough. Got all the flags. The parkway was
originally designed to look like the
Champs-Elysees in Paris, and it is nowadays
lined up with flags from all the
different countries. There’s City Hall at the
other end of the parkway. That’s where we were. By the way, this
area is considered the cultural heart
of Philadelphia, beginning at the Art
Museum where we were, ending with City Hall, with several other
museums in between. Here’s the Ben
Franklin Institute and the World War I Aero
Memorial here in Aviator Park. Here, the Academy
of Natural Sciences, which is like a
natural history museum. In a few minutes, we are
going to see the Love Park, but here they have the Amor,
Spanish version perhaps? (light pop music) Lots of street art
here in Philly. This is what’s
called the LOVE Park. It seems to be a very
nice place just to chill on a nice weather
day like this one. If you recall, it was
sunny this morning, then it got cloudy, and
now it is sunny again. Check out all the flags
lining up the parkway, Ben Franklin Parkway. This park is actually
famous for the Love sign, which is actually supposed
to be a well-known sculpture by pop artist Robert Indiana. And the stereotype is true: We Americans will line up
for anything. (laughing) This is actually a beautiful
part of Philly here, for sure. It has that European
vibe, I guess. And this is City Hall, with a statue of William
Penn atop the clock tower. (bell chiming) It is 6 p.m. Eastern
Daylight Saving Time. All of a sudden, we find
ourselves in Center City. And you know what
we’re gonna do, right? We’re going to see
the city from above. Here’s the One Liberty
Observation Deck, located on the 57th floor
of One Liberty Place. It is $14.50 for adults, not bad compared to similar observation
decks in other cities. $29 for both. Ooh, these LEDs are really
playing tricks on my camera. Our friend, Ben. They have a video presentation
as you go up the elevator, although it looks
kind of dated nowadays compared to more modern,
more extravagant, much taller, and much more
expensive observation decks. But wait, I’m getting
ahead of myself here. That will be in the next video. And, surprise! Here’s Ben, once again. The views from the top are
actually quite spectacular. There is the Ben
Franklin Bridge, spanning the Delaware River. Two Liberty Place, next door. There’s that vast, somewhat-flat
area called South Philly, where we were earlier
today, actually. They have these very cool
interactive touchscreens that show you what
you’re looking at, but there’s not a whole
lot other than that and some vending machines. A cafe or a bar would’ve
been nice, actually. That’s Penn’s Landing,
somewhere down there. And we are parked actually
somewhere down there by that industrial area. Well, that was fun. We exit through the mall. Let’s call an Uber and
get back to the RV park. We’ve walked
several miles today, and tomorrow we want to do
one more thing before we go. We want to go to the
Independence Hall again and go inside this time. Yep, we were all
the way up there. (light pop music) Good morning. Hmm, a little foggy
this morning in Philly. (upbeat dance music) Well, it is another
beautiful day here in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. We’re gonna do a little
bit more of exploring, maybe walk all the
way to Penn’s Landing, see the Independence Hall, and then off we go
towards New York. Beautiful day, by the way. We couldn’t have asked
for better weather. It’s low-70s, sunny. First thing we did this morning was to get our tickets
for Independence Hall, so we have about an hour,
an hour-and-a-half to kill. We’re going to do Penn’s
Landing, see what’s going on. It was so lively yesterday. As lively as this place was
yesterday, today: crickets. There’s very few people here, just a few other confused
tourists like ourselves perhaps. Perhaps it is too early. Oh well, epic fail. Everything seems to be
closed on a Sunday morning, so take note of that. Let’s head back to
Independence Hall and maybe we can kill some
more time in that area. And back here we are, still
about half-an-hour to kill, so let’s go into the Red
Owl, right across the street. Came to the Red Owl Tavern
while we wait for our tickets. Something to nibble on. Actually, that was
a pretty cool bar. We might return after the tour. Here we are, ready for our
tour of Independence Hall, which is free, by the way. We gotta wait 10 more minutes. First, we go into this room where we’re going to learn
about all the history that transpired
within these walls. Next, we’re gonna go
into the main building, and here we’re going
to see two main rooms, two main chambers: the Supreme
Court and the Assembly Room. I’ve really been
looking forward to this. – [Guide] To the right, guys. Watch your step. – [Robert] Here we are,
the Supreme Court Room. And the very
knowledgeable park ranger tells us a little bit
about our judicial system with very cool anecdotes
and a touch of humor. His remarks actually greatly
enhanced this experience. – Whose emblem is it? – [Woman] The king? – The king’s. You fold it, you’re guilty. Treason. You shall hang by the
neck until you are dead. – [Robert] Next, we go
into the Assembly Room, where two major historic
events happened: the Declaration of Independence and the drafting and the
signing of the Constitution. All that after the First and
Second Continental Congresses, in which they agreed and
disagreed on many things. He describes where
everybody was sitting and what they argued about,
making it so interesting. It is a great
experience being here, where the nation was born. – And over again. The right of self-government. Folks, it’s about home rule. Sadly, the British are not
affording us this right. To get it, it’s a
war of (inaudible) that cost this nation dearly. (inaudible) I appreciate it. It’s incorrect, but it’s the
effort that I’m going for. (audience laughing) Folks, (inaudible). – Actually, in 1948, they
decided to restore all this as it would have looked
in the 18th century. And it’s all now managed by
the National Park Service. Well, that was a great
tour, very informative. It is great to be
here at the birthplace of where everything happened. Well, for someone like me,
not born in the United States, this was actually a
bucket-list destination. It symbolizes the birthplace of a land of liberty
and opportunity, and I feel it is a great
privilege to live here and be able to call it home. We’re going to say
goodbye to Philadelphia, although I would
love to come back. Great town. Yes, unfortunately our
time here in Philadelphia is coming to an end. Our next destination, another unlikely place
to visit with an RV. (quirky trance music. – Well, we are
leaving Philadelphia, heading towards New York City. It should be about two hours, but I’ve decided to avoid
the New Jersey Turnpike, which can get expensive
with our four axles, so I’ve selected ‘Avoid
Tolls’ on the GPS, and let’s see if we can
make it a stress-free drive. After a while on the
295, we hop onto US-1 and eventually the
Garden State Parkway. It does get a little complicated
as we approach Jersey City, making it a little bit
of a stressful drive, but that was to be
expected, right? On the other hand, we
see the Manhattan skyline in the distance and
that’s always satisfying. It is a little bit of a hot
mess here on Communipaw Avenue. The toll road would
have taken us on I-78, probably a little better. But then again, we
would have missed seeing all this west
side of Jersey City. Here, we turn onto Grand Street, heading towards
downtown Jersey City. We are almost there. Well, here we are: Liberty
Harbor Marina & RV Park. Just like the one
back in Philly, we have water and electric only. But at least here we have
a slightly better view. Here we are, we made it
to Liberty Harbor RV Park. And as you can see, it’s not
much more than a parking lot, but we are right there. Let me show you. New York is right
behind these RVs. Yes, in this RV park, the most important
amenity is location, just a few blocks away from
the PATH train station. And the ferry terminal,
it’s right here. But we’re hungry, so we’re going to check
out Surf City here first. We’ve got perfect
weather here today. Here we have our burger. Looks pretty good. And there it is, One
World Trade Center. Such a beautiful afternoon here as we walk towards the
PATH train station. Well, we just had
burgers at Surf City and now we’re gonna
try to go to New York. Apparently, the ferry only
runs Monday through Friday, which is something we
didn’t know, but now we do. By the way, today is Sunday. Cool steakhouse. Which is not open. It is getting dark and we’re still kind
of tired from the trip, so I don’t think
we’re going to spend a whole lot of time
in the city tonight, which is a little
bit of a bummer because tomorrow is
supposed to rain. Anyways, let’s catch
a train, shall we? (energetic electronic music) We’re taking the train here
at the Grove Street Station and it is going to
be a short ride. Just one more station
here on the Jersey side called Exchange Place and then we go under
the Hudson and we emerge at the new World Trade
Center Station in Manhattan. Hmm, a little disoriented here, but eventually we
get our bearings. By the way, we took the
train called the PATH. It’s a $2.75 one-way ticket, which might sound a little
steep for just two stops, but it is the way it is. Beautiful station here. This massive iconic structure
here is called the Oculus and it was designed by Spanish
architect Santiago Calatrava. A little overwhelming,
the amount of people
all of a sudden, but, I mean, it’s only a Sunday. This should be cool. Now that I think about it,
it isn’t even that crowded. But, yes, New York can
be a little overwhelming when you first arrive,
although you get used to it; pretty quickly, actually. Check it out,
Spidermen; two of them. There it is through
the skylight, One
World Trade Center. Well, definitely
looks like something Jony Ive would have
designed, this station. You know Jony Ive, the guy
who designed the iPhone and all the Apple stuff. It’s very pretty. It’s also like being inside
a whale or something. Very cool. I wasn’t expecting this. But we’re gonna exit
through Church Street. Now we just have to make sure that we enter through
Church Street as well, otherwise we’ll never find it. I’m sure we will. Well, we’re in New York. Well, yeah, this
city is unmistakable, although it has changed a bit since the last
time we were here. That building wasn’t
there, for example. The last time we were here, I
think that was December 2012. One World was still under
construction back then. This here is the site of the yet-to-be-built
Two World Trade Center. In the meantime, it is this
sort of public art thing here. Here’s the station from
another perspective. (light pop music) And here’s the 9/11 Memorial, the site where one of
the Twin Towers stood; now, a hole in the ground
in the form of a fountain with the names of those who
died engraved all around it. Here’s the new building:
One World Trade Center. Lots of security measures around
here to protect this area. And very busy airspace as
well here in Lower Manhattan. And we almost did go to
the Observation Deck today, but the walk-in
price of admission is over $40 after
taxes and we are tired. We’re going to come back
tomorrow morning, for sure. Let’s head back
to Liberty Harbor. It is a pretty impressive
structure, if you ask me. (energetic electronic music) Let’s get our train. Yeah, I think we came out
through the wrong exit. Okay, let’s find our way
back to the campground. Well, walking back
to the RV park, and check it out. It’s Lady Liberty herself. By the way, it is a
little bit of a walk from the RV park to, it’s
called Grove Street Station. It’s the PATH train that
goes into Manhattan. But even though it’s
a little solitary, it feels very safe, actually, to be walking this
on a Sunday night. It is like 8 p.m. right now. We were gonna linger a
little more in Manhattan, but we’re kind of tired, so
we’re gonna call it a night and we’ll spend the whole
day tomorrow in Manhattan. How about that? Good night. (soft piano music) There’s a Trend, and it’s still
kind of our favorite, huh? And there’s the dump station. And a tent area, and
the bathrooms are here. Here’s the laundry facility. Very nice. And there is a gym. We forgot the code or the
key or I guess it’s closed. Well, today it is Monday, so we’re going to take
the ferry to Manhattan. Well, here we are. Let’s see how the
ferry works here. I think we’re gonna stay
here in the aft section, since it is the only outdoor
area where we can see the view. (light pop music) Unfortunately, it is kind
of cloudy this morning. Actually, I see a little bit
of blue sky, so there is hope. There, the historic New
Jersey Train Terminal, Ellis Island, and the
Statue of Liberty. And the Colgate Clock! One thing has me worried. The top of One World
is covered in clouds, which means there’s no
visibility from the top. Perhaps we should have
gone last night after all. Little bit of trivia here: A smaller, earlier version
of the Colgate Clock was moved to
Clarksville, Indiana, and can be seen from
Louisville across the river. I saw it earlier this year when I visited my family
who lives in the area. Here we see once
again Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was a great idea
to take the ferry, which by the way is
just a commuter ferry; nothing touristy about it. $8 one-way, and it is
going to drop us off here at the Pier 11
Wall Street Terminal. We’re not going to
visit Lady Liberty on this particular trip, but
we will one of these days. Here we see Governors Island. And in the distance, that’s
the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that connects the boroughs of
Brooklyn and Staten Island. Here we are at the
Financial District, this older area of Manhattan of narrow streets
and tall skyscrapers. Trust me, the
skyscraper is there. Maybe it is time for a
high dynamic range camera. Leonidas. Here we are, walking
on Wall Street, which, as we approach the
New York Stock Exchange, it becomes pedestrian. The neoclassical building
here is the Federal Hall, where George Washington
was inaugurated and the Bill of
Rights was written. And across the street,
well, there it is: the New York Stock Exchange. Don’t forget to tag them
on Instagram, seriously. Looking back at the
Federal Hall one more time. As the sign says,
“The birthplace of
American democracy.” And let’s continue walking. It is noisy, by the way, but there is so much
we want to see here. But first, a quick breakfast
at this random place here called Cosi Bread. Okay, that’s where
we had breakfast. Let’s continue. Lots of security barricades
all around the Stock Exchange, and all this security theater perhaps one of the longer
lasting unintended effects of the 9/11 attacks. Here we are approaching
the Charging Bull, placed here in 1989, perhaps one of the main
tourist attractions here in the Financial District. I’m not even gonna try to
take a picture because, as you can see, it is
a zoo all around it. Actually, I think I’m
starting to prefer it when people actually
line up to take pictures at all these types of landmarks. The bull is, of course, the symbol of financial
optimism and prosperity. The newer statue of
the Fearless Girl was placed here in 2017 to
promote gender diversity. Apparently, it is supposed to
be brave, proud, and strong, but not defiant or belligerent. Anyways, the bull’s
sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, was not very happy about
the addition of the girl to his iconic sculpture
because, according to him, it corrupts its
artistic integrity by distorting the
intent of the statue from a symbol of prosperity
and strength into a villain. Oh, bummer. Still can’t see the top of
the One World Trade Center, but it looks like the
fog might be clearing up. Here’s the Trinity Church of
the Episcopal denomination. Very historic. George Washington
used to worship here, although the current building
was finished in 1846. It was also very important
during the 9/11 attacks because people
took refuge inside. The American Stock
Exchange building here has been vacant since 2008, when it merged with the
New York Stock Exchange. This here is Zuccotti Park, as we make our way
towards Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial. Here, they have this
26-foot-high rose. Oh, there it is, almost
out of the clouds. Here we are once again
at the 9/11 Memorial, now during the day. Hard to fathom that this is where the Twin
Towers once stood. (water rushing) Also, quite moving
to see all the names engraved around the fountain. All clear. Now is the time. Here’s the Survivor Tree,
which was found in the wreckage and brought back to life. Let’s go on to the
One World Observatory. And the reason
there is nobody here is that they were telling
everybody at the entrance that there was zero visibility. I guess no one told ’em that
the top had been clearing up. We enter through this
dark cave-like hallway, making our way
towards the elevators. Talking about the elevators, we are about to see a very
cool video presentation here. Three of the elevator walls
are covered with screens showing how the city of New
York evolved along the years. Very, very cool. Yeah, that’s how New York
looked through the years. – [Narrator] Welcome to
One World Observatory. – [Woman] Hi everyone,
you’re stepping this way. – [Robert] At the top, we get treated to yet
another video presentation. You can tell they spent
a lot of money on this. (soaring orchestral music) Eventually, the screens lift and the actual view is
revealed before our eyes. Not quite zero visibility,
but it is still a little hazy. – [Narrator] And now,
we invite you to enter One World Observatory through
the doors on your right, where a spectacular
360-degree view– – [Robert] The elevator
was really cool, but I think the rest
is a little overdone. I guess they have to
justify the price somehow. There’s Minitini! We can see it all
the way from here down there at Liberty Harbor. Here’s looking north
on the Hudson River. (light upbeat muzak) And here, they have this very
gimmicky screen looking down, as if it is supposed to make
me feel vertigo or something. Busy airspace as ever, and there’s the ferry
we took this morning. The Jersey side, again, which happens to be the clearest
one weather-wise so far. Brooklyn, still
kind of invisible. We decide to go for a local
IPA while Midtown clears up. Well, for a brand new building, this is kind of unacceptable. Craftmanship is not what
it used to be, for sure. Visibility is getting better. We can even see the
Empire State Building now. Now, looking towards Chinatown
and the Lower East Side, the Manhattan and
Brooklyn Bridges. There is the
Washington Square Arch, which marks the end
of Fifth Avenue. We would love to linger
up here all day long, get our money’s worth, especially now that visibility
is getting so much better. There’s the Verrazano-Narrows
Bridge again in the distance. Okay, one last look
at Lady Liberty before we go down. The 270-degree presentation
on the way down makes you a little
dizzy at the beginning, but it’s also really good. (soaring orchestral music) – [Narrator] Thank you for
visiting One World Observatory. – Pretty cool. All right, let’s do it. (water rushing) We wanted to go to
the 9/11 Museum. I’ve heard great
things about it, but the line seems
to be pretty long. I’ve also heard it’s kind of
a downer, as it should be. It was horrible
what happened here. They say the line
goes pretty fast. But still, I think we’re going
to do this some other time. Well, this here
is the 9/11 Museum and I really wanted
to check it out. They say it’s really
moving, really well-made. But there’s a little
bit of a line, so we’re gonna save
this for the next time. Let’s walk around New
York a little bit. A very nice couple back at
the RV park this morning, they were leaving and
they had two MetroCards with like five trips each, so they were nice enough
to give them to us. I’m telling you, fellow
RVers are the best. So, we are going to use ’em and take the subway
a few blocks north into the Chelsea neighborhood because we want to
walk on the High Line, which is this linear park
built on what used to be an elevated railroad track. Should be cool. By the way, I can never
get tired of this station. I think it’s so beautiful. (train rumbling) We are going to take
Line 1 towards uptown, and our train is here. We got off at 14th Street, which is near the southern
end of the High Line. And actually, it’s
Chelsea’s southern boundary. (light pop music) This looks like the New
York I remember seeing in the 1970s movies
when I was growing up: kind of dirty and worn
out, somewhat intimidating. It looks like we started
walking the wrong way, but now we are on the
right track, walking west. 14th and Seventh. ♪ Walking to the west I have great orientation
when I travel above-ground, but the subway seems
utterly confusing, perhaps because we
are not used to it. Well, here we are,
the High Line. You can still see the
railroad tracks in some areas. Nice view of the
construction happening. Nice condos. Very nice area for
people to hang out, get away from the hustle
and bustle a little bit. You can get your
feet wet in there. Over here, they have this area
with a cafe and some vendors, ice cream, and
that kind of stuff. Hmm, interesting. Once in a while, you encounter one of
these observation decks where you can sit down
and observe the city as if it was a play transpiring
before your very eyes. The High Line here, by the
way, almost two miles long. Its construction began in 2006 and the final phase opened
to the public in 2014. It was in part inspired by
Promenade Plantee in Paris, completed in 1993,
which also involved repurposing an old elevated
track into an urban park. There is, of course, New
York’s most famous building: the Empire State. (light pop music) Lots of modern architecture,
along with the old; all types actually. Quite a few murals and street
art along the way as well. Well, nothing like
having an apartment right next to the
High Line, right, to get your point across
to thousands of people. It is actually getting
pretty crowded now. There is the Chrysler
Building, of course. Home improvement, perhaps? By the way, those condos
are probably worth several millions of dollars. There we are. We’re gonna continue
exploring New York here, the island of Manhattan. And if you wanna see
Times Square, wrong video. We’re not going
to go there today. We’re just gonna do whatever
we haven’t done in the city. And the High Line was one of
the things we had not done yet, and it’s really cool. We really liked it. This is so quintessentially
New York, isn’t it? Here we see what seem to be
the original train tracks. By the way, this is
the newest section, the one that just
opened in 2014. And all these trains here at the 34th Street-Hudson
Yards subway station, I think. And this is the end
of the High Line. (siren wailing) We stop at this Irish
pub called McGarry’s for a refreshing IPA, then we continue
wandering on 34th Street, going towards Broadway. There is Penn Station, as
we continue walking east. New York is certainly
unique, isn’t it? Ooh, looks nice up there. As we approach Seventh
Avenue, here’s Macy’s, the flagship store,
first opened in 1902. Here’s the entrance. Now approaching Broadway. Wow, so many people. And I kind of lied
unintentionally about not showing
you Times Square. You can kind of see
it in the distance. We are going to continue
south here on Broadway. And there it is, One
World Trade Center. I’ve always wanted to walk the streets of
New York like this, without any particular
destination in mind, and just absorb the
multisensory experience that this city provides. Yes, it is crazy. It is noisy. It can be dirty. Sometimes it smells really
good, sometimes it doesn’t. Yet it’s gotta be
the greatest city in the world in its own way. It is a place where
you can find anything, hear virtually every
language in the globe, and see peoples of all
races, all backgrounds, all religions, all professions,
flowing together yet apart, like some sort of human river. And in a certain crazy
way, it all seems to work. And after the initial
sensory overload, you kind of tune out the
noise and become one with it. New York is undoubtedly
the capital of the world. By the way, we’re going
to take another break here by Madison Square
and have some wine with a view of the Flatiron. Seems appropriate. Hmm, fellow vlogger, perhaps? Roberta’s got an
honest-to-god smoker here. Let’s continue
exploring New York City. By the way, this is called
Madison Square Park. We are in ♪ In New York Well, hello there. This here is the original
location of Shake Shake, founded by renowned restaurateur
Danny Meyer back in 2004. I am actually quite a
fan of Mr. Meyer myself, since I read his book Setting
the Table some years back when I had this wild idea
of opening a restaurant. I am actually really
glad I didn’t. But anyways, it is a great book. And next, we are going to
one of his first restaurants, called Gramercy Tavern. It will probably be
pricey, but at this point it is almost like a
pilgrimage coming here, since the book
describes in detail how he opened this restaurant
and the process of opening and managing a successful
restaurant like this one. I mean, even the bread is great. We also had the slider
from the bar menu and the duck meatballs. Mmm, delicious. And the cheese plate,
as we decided to linger and wait for Ili’s
nephew to get off work and hang out with him. ♪ John at the bar,
he’s a friend of mine ♪ We get to hang out in his
apartment for a while. We get to spy on his neighbors. And then, there’s a rooftop. This has to be the
highlight of the day. We can even see One World
Trade Center from here. ♪ Sing us a song,
you’re the piano man ♪ ♪ Sing us a song tonight ♪ ‘Cause we’re all in
the mood for a melody ♪ ♪ And you got us
feeling all right ♪ What a great way to end
our day here in New York, catching up at the rooftop
until day turns into night. (light upbeat muzak) It is time for us to return
to Liberty Harbor RV Park on the New Jersey
side because tomorrow, tomorrow the journey continues. (fireworks exploding) (boat horn honking) Liberty Harbor here
was about $107 a night, which was a little on the high
end as far as RV parks go. But hey, you’re minutes
away from Manhattan. So, if you want to visit
New York with an RV, it is certainly the way to go. Today, the weather
is not cooperating, and driving in this area
here around Jersey City with a big rig, hm, not
for the faint of heart. (bright music) I don’t know why the
GPS keeps taking me through these narrow streets. Maybe because I selected
avoid the tolls, hm. Anyways, today we
are going to do a little more
traditional camping, as we’re going to explore
the great state of Maine. Just scratching
the surface though. because of my breakdown
in North Carolina, the trip has been
severely cut short. In any case, first,
we have to get there, and it’s gonna be a
long and tedious drive. I waited until we reached
New York to put gas. Somehow, I don’t
feel comfortable having someone else
pumping my gas. New Jersey, and to
some extent Oregon, are still the only two
states where you are not allowed to
pump your own gas. Because apparently,
the operation requires a highly trained professional. (rain splattering) It looks like Florence
finally caught up with us. The rain is relentless. I mean, I haven’t driven
in this heavy rain for this long in a long time. We’re gonna stop at the
Connecticut state line and reassess our travel plans
because this is not fun. ♪ I’m riding ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ Because I’m free in my RV – [GPS] Welcome to Connecticut. – Here we are, Connecticut,
a new state for us. So let’s go into
the Welcome Center, get a map maybe,
and cook some lunch. Oh, it is starting
to rain again. Oh no, it’s closed. I guess it is time
for a Traveling Robert
RV Cooking Show. We begin by chopping
some onions, we saute them and put some salt. I also cut this red pepper. We add some dry golden wine, a staple in Cuban
cuisine, by the way. Some frozen meatballs,
and I think I forgot to show you when I
added the tomato sauce. And for some reason,
with this Atwood range, things take forever to boil. Paprika, lots of paprika. A little more
pepper, black pepper. Since we don’t have
any real garlic, we wanna put a little bit
of that garlic powder. And of course, my signature
ingredients, oregano and cumin. As soon as they begins to boil. It’s not the most powerful
stove, I’ll tell you that. Well, the penne never
properly boiled but we’ll see. Bon appetit on this rainy day. The rain is relentless,
and these are, as I said, remnants
of Hurricane Florence that finally caught up to us. (upbeat music) And there is heavy
traffic, of course, because all this bad weather
usually provokes accidents. Yeah, it is a mess out here. And there’s the cause
of all this traffic, hopefully nothing major. Very serious about lane
usage here in Connecticut. And this is Waterbury,
Connecticut. The church is St. Anne’s,
a historic building here. Unfortunately, we
can’t stop anywhere if we want to make
it to Maine today. About half an hour later, we
are driving through Hartford, Connecticut’s capital, and
there’s the Capitol Building. (happy music) The Capitol Building does have a castle vibe to it, doesn’t it? Aside from the golden cupola. Boston and Providence, can’t wait to visit both
in a couple of days. And we are now in Massachusetts, and all of a sudden
the sun came out and we see incipient fall
colors here in mid-September. – [GPS] Welcome
to New Hampshire. – [Robert] Yes,
eventually we make it to the Live Free or Die state, and I see an opportunity
to take a picture with the sign so that’s
exactly what we’re going to do. (camera snapping) New Hampshire is only
about 20 miles wide around here, so very soon
we are going to be in Maine. As soon as we cross
the Piscataqua River,
we are in Maine. – [GPS] Welcome to Maine. – Let’s take a
picture here, too. (camera snapping) (happy music) And here we are, our
campground for tonight here near Portland, Maine. It is called Wild Duck Adult
Campground and RV Park. Okay, let’s park it
and go have dinner, I hear they have pretty
good lobster around here. It was a dark and
foggy night in Maine. Anyways, I had this place
here marked on my map called Lobster Shack at Two
Lights here in Cape Elizabeth. So let’s see how it
is, let’s check it out. Here are the live lobsters,
and our lobster rolls. Let’s just say I wasn’t
all that impressed. Let’s walk outside here
to this area by the water, I bet you during the day there
is a very nice view here. And perhaps it is
one of those places more famous for the
view than the food. Perhaps it is late and
they were about to close. We’ll never know. Let’s go into Portland real
quick to get some groceries. And tomorrow, tomorrow
we’ll continue exploring. There is a Trader
Joe’s here in town. (upbeat music) Well we made it
to Maine finally, I’ve been really
looking forward to this so I believe we
have some stickers to add to our map here
in the northeast area. First and foremost,
a couple of days ago I forgot to add Pennsylvania, as we were in Philadelphia,
so let’s do that. Okay, with Connecticut
I’m kinda gonna cheat because we didn’t do
anything in Connecticut but we ate at the Welcome Center so I don’t know if that counts, but I’m gonna add the
sticker because why not? And we saw the Capitol of
Hartford from the road. Okay, there we’ve
got Connecticut. And now, since we’re here,
we’re gonna add Maine. Here we go. Now in a couple of days here, we’re gonna add Massachusetts
and Rhode Island. And, unfortunately on this trip, we’re not gonna be able to
add Vermont or New Hampshire or Maryland or Delaware
for that matter. And those states were
in the original plan but as you know, if you’ve
seen the previous videos, this trip got cut
really really short. Anyways, we’re tired. I think tomorrow we’re gonna
go to Acadia National Park. Good morning, we’re at
the Wild Duck Campground. We are near Portland, Maine. And I’m still half asleep. But it’s beautiful out here. (reflective music) We’re staying at this place, it’s called Wild Duck
Adult Campground, which basically means it’s
only adults, no children here. And this is the furthest north Minitini trailer
has ever made it. We only have time for one thing
here in the Portland area, so we are going to
go to the lighthouse. And why the rush, you might ask? Well now that I’ve driven
all the way up here, I want to see Bar Harbor
and Acadia National Park. You know I have to return
Big White the monster truck in about a week in Miami, and we still have to go
to Boston after this, so let’s just see the
lighthouse, hitch up, and continue the journey north. Anyways, here we are, the
Portland Head Lighthouse. The views here are starting to look promising so
let’s find parking. ♪ Riding riding ♪ My RV (bright music) Fort Williams Park. We get our first look at the
rugged Maine coastline here. And the lighthouse, of course. The lighthouse here, still
operational by the way, dates back to 1791,
making it the oldest one in the whole state of Maine. (waves crashing) The other lighthouse, called
Ram Island Ledge Light Station, marks the northern end
of the Maine channel, the main channel leading
to Portland’s harbor. And here’s Portland’s
Head, again. Let’s walk around a little bit. I am assuming that is part of Portland over
there in the distance. If you notice, everybody’s
wearing jackets. It is kind of chilly up here, our first taste of
the upcoming fall. Are these the foghorns, hm? Pretty cool. (bright music) Time’s up. If you ever come
to this campground, beware, there’s a really
deep bump on the road. It looks like the
leaves are about to start turning in this area. Eventually, by the
town of Gardiner, we get off the interstate in
favor of more secondary roads. And also, in order
to avoid tolls. (energetic music) It is a little bit of
a rollercoaster ride the rest of the way, a little
more fun than the interstate, if a little tiresome
after a while. Here’s Belfast, Maine. Let’s drive around to see what it looks like
before we continue. (happy music) As we leave Belfast, Maine,
it is time to take a break. And there is a state park nearby called Moose Point, and I
don’t know how much it is, but we’re gonna stop there
anyways for an hour or so. $4 per person for non-Maine
residents, so $8 for us. A little steep for just an
hour, but I need a break. Here we are, upper
Penobscot Bay. Someone’s been getting artistic
with all these rocks here, and very pretty, very different
landscape up here in Maine. See how Minitini is
sort of off-level? This truck is just too high,
even adjusting the hitch to its lowest setting,
but you know what? It is all I’ve got for now. (contemplative music) Nice oceanfront property, huh? Well, took my break,
it is time to continue. (contemplative music) We’re about to cross the iconic
Penobscot Narrows Bridge, one of the towers even has
an observatory at the top. Hm, rainy weather up ahead. Must be getting close,
lots of traffic, lots of places selling lobster. Here’s our campground, Mount
Desert, which is pretty rustic. In fact, they don’t even
allow RVs over 20 feet long. Let’s find our site and rest. Because tomorrow, tomorrow
we are going to wake up way before dawn to try and see the first sunrise
in the United States from Cadillac Mountain
in Acadia National Park. Okay, we are at our campground. Very close to Acadia
National Park. We got some wood. Very nice. (reflective music) It is around 3 a.m., and
it’s really dark out here. Why have we woken up at this
ungodly hour, you might ask? Well, as I said,
we want to drive to the top of Cadillac
Mountain to see the first, well allegedly the first
sunrise in the United States. Its high altitude
here in the northeast makes it a prime
location for this. And I think we came too early. By the way, the reason
we came so early is I hear the parking
lot usually gets full. And when that happens,
they don’t let you come to the top of the mountain. The outlook looks
grim with all this fog but let me walk around and
see what we’re up against. Beautiful view. I really feel sorry for this guy with the tripod and
the nice camera, and all of us, really,
who woke up early. I mean, it’s beautiful
fog and it’s really eerie but it’s just not what
we came to see, right? Sad part is everybody
woke up early. Nobody’s gonna be able
to see anything, nothing. Sunrise is imminent,
let me go back. I’ll be honest, it does
not look promising. Sunrise is supposed to
be like in five minutes. Maybe all these
clouds will lift up and we’ll be able to see it, but as I said, does
not look promising. I’m still gonna play my
sunrise music because why not? (relaxing music) Oh well, that was an epic fail. Sun should be
coming up right now. Well, maybe we’ll
come back later. Maybe we’ll come back
tomorrow morning. Y’know, we’re still here, so. It’s cold. Well, I think we should go. (upbeat music) Okay, so far Maine is
an interesting state with all these
cool looking rocks but I don’t know, Mother
Nature is not cooperating. Wait a minute, I see
something here on the right, some islands perhaps,
and it looks like the fog is starting to
clear up a little. Maybe this is the view
everybody talks about. Yay, found parking. Here’s the famous view of
the Mount Desert Narrows with all the islands. Well, at least 50% of it
as the fog begins to lift. (reflective music) And there’s Big White. Here we are, Bar Harbor. Let’s walk around and look
for some breakfast or brunch, preferably with
some lobster in it. Greetings from
Bar Harbor, Maine. Well, here we are, very
picturesque town so far. Check out this fountain
here at Agamont Park. (water splashing) Some mimosas here to
start at this place. Hm, and a Lobster
Benedict sandwich. It is called Stadium Pub
and it was outstanding. (bright jazzy music) This is the Ivy Manor Inn. The town seems to
be slowly waking up. We’re gonna pass by the
National Park Office because Acadia is so fragmented
that it is impossible for them to have a gate at the
entrance to charge admission. So what you do is you buy a
pass here for your vehicle at the office here
in Bar Harbor, and if you have the America
the Beautiful Annual Pass like we do, they just
give you a holder that you hang on your
rear-view mirror and you put your card in there
and you’re good to go. This here is the
Bar Island path, only accessible during low tide, which obviously it’s not now. And you can actually
walk to that island. Maybe we’ll come back later
when it is low tide and compare. By the way, very touristy around
here with a bunch of boats where you can go whale
watching and all that stuff. Well, let’s go explore
Acadia National Park. There is supposed to
be this park loop road. (happy music) This is the Otter
Cliff Overlook. Initially, I thought
that that was like a whale or some
other large animal, but apparently it’s just
something under water like rocks that break the waves. (waves crashing) Very interesting granite
rock formations everywhere. There’s a small trail here where you can
experience all this. Actually, it is part of a much longer trail called Ocean Path. Okay, let me go back. I don’t think I want to
do the whole trail today, although it is tempting. It is very beautiful
out here, for sure. And I just can’t get
over those layered rocks. When I get old, I
wanna be like that. Let’s go back up. (bright music) Anyways, let’s continue
towards the next outlook point. Check out the small fishing boat fighting the strong current. Otter Point, Otter
Cliffs, shore access. Once again, we see all
these very interesting looking rocks here in Maine,
all this eroded granite. The result of a long,
continuous geological process. And check out all those birds. I’m going to walk a little
bit here on the Ocean Path and admire the rugged landscape. (bright music) We continue, but let’s
check this place out. It is called Otter Cove. It is very pretty out here, I wish I could see it when
the leaves are turning. Hm, perhaps next year. Here’s looking
towards the ocean, and here’s looking
towards the cove. And I also wish I could
fly the drone around. But hey, as you probably know it is forbidden to fly
in any national park. We stop once again to
admire the rugged coastline. (bright music) (waves crashing) Okay, one last stop. That’s another overlook. We’re gonna go back
to the campground, take a break, and then
we’ll continue exploring. Well, we stop one last time
here to see Eagle Lake. (record scratching)
Wait a minute, why are we leaving,
you might ask? Well, when we arrived,
there was a note on our picnic table so
we went to the office and they told us that we have
to move to a different site because this site was
reserved for someone else, even though they had assigned me this site when we
arrived yesterday. So I said you know what? I want my money
back, we are leaving. So we are. It would have been such
a hassle to break camp and move around with this big
truck and such a narrow road. Besides, we were leaving
tomorrow anyways. Wait for it, wait for it, boom. I just broke my sewer cap. There was this
root on the ground on the side of the road
and this big white truck doesn’t have a wide enough
turning radius so I hit it. (relaxing music) Let’s head down to Boston. We will have to revisit
Maine some other time because this time, it
wasn’t so great was it? There wasn’t enough
time, for sure. The weather did not
cooperate for sunrise, and Mount Desert Campground
here really dropped the ball and they weren’t even
apologetic about it. Next time, I think we’re
staying at the KOA. What we missed, well
in the afternoon I was planning on going
back to Cadillac Mountain and go have a good
lobster dinner and wait for low tide to
walk on the Bar Island Path. You know what, at least we got
a taste of what is possible here, and we got to add yet
another sticker to our map. Next time, we will probably
allocate a whole week just to Maine, as I had
originally intended. (upbeat music) – [Robert] We’re going to
Boston but we’re still in Maine. Not for long though. Here we are crossing
into New Hampshire. – [GPS] Welcome
to New Hampshire. – [Robert] This will
not be a long stay because here we are
now, Massachusetts. Let’s go into the
welcome center, get a map, and take a
picture with the sign. You know I have to
update my intro, right? Today we are visiting
the Cradle of Liberty and possibly the United
States’ most historic city, Boston, Massachusetts. And there it is. We’re driving over
the Mystic River. (techno music) Of course, like
every major city, there is a lot of traffic and
I think we are about to hit the afternoon rush hour. Next, we go underground. This big tunnel here is known
colloquially as the big dig. At the time it was the most
expensive highway project in the United States and it was plagued by
all kinds of problems from water leaks to
falling light fixtures. And we emerge on the other side, along with all the other
thousands of people trying to leave Boston
today at 3:30 p.m. Eventually traffic
begins to improve and over an hour later
we begin to approach our campground near Plymouth. You didn’t think we were
going to park the RV in Boston, right? Actually there were three main
campgrounds to choose from. One to the northwest,
in the woods, another one to
northeast by Salem and this one, on the
south, called Ellis Haven. It is a shame we are
basically here just to sleep because it looks pretty nice. Okay, here we are at
Ellis Haven campground. Near Plymouth Rock. And that’s exactly
where we’re going next. Yeah it is kind of late
to go back to Boston now. But we’ll do that tomorrow. Instead, let’s check
out the Plymouth Rock which is really close
and get something to eat. We’re famished. There it is on the right,
the Greek looking temple. That’s where they have
the Plymouth Rock. Let’s park. Well here we are in
Plymouth, Massachusetts. And we are now
going to check out the Plymouth Rock of course
and have something to eat. Imbibe some adult beverages. And I might do a live video. And here is Big White. Very nice anchorage here
in the Plymouth Harbor. Very cute town overall. And over there. Yep, that’s where we’re
going: Plymouth Rock. Landing place of
the pilgrims, 1620. This is the rock. That’s it. You saw it here first. Check out all these ducks here. They are going crazy. Anyways, this is all very
pretty, but let’s go eat. That used to be the lighthouse. Let’s walk uphill here
for about two blocks towards Court Street. At the Laughing Moon. Hmm, cool looking lobster. I think we are going to this
place called New World Tavern. 34 beers on tap and
over 120 bottles. Hmm, not bad. So we’re actually not
having Cigar City. We’re having Pilgrim IPA. Um, chowder. It’s a huge poutine. And tiramisu. Oh thank you. Yep, that was good. And now we shall see
the Plymouth Rock
once again at night. And the moon shines
through the clouds. Very pretty. (upbeat techno music) Well we had some leftover wood, so we made a fire and
called it a night. (gentle music) (bright music) Well good morning. We are going to Boston. And we plan to spend
most of the day there. By the way, we couldn’t have
asked for better weather. Why are we driving into
this city you might ask. And we’ve been going back
and forth on this one, but contrary to popular belief, there is plenty of
parking in Boston, especially on a weekend. By the way, we seem
to be in Chinatown. Anyways a round trip ticket
on the commuter train would have been $23 per person. Originally we were
thinking of parking at the Boston Commons
underground parking, which is $32 on the weekdays, but only $18 on weekends. By the way, today is Saturday. But that was with Old Kia. With this big F250
monster truck, we are going to need something with a little higher clearance. Like this one:
City Place Garage, which is going to cost us $32. Still, a lot cheaper
than the train. Plus we have more
flexibility and mobility and it’ll save us
time in the long run. Hopefully we’ll be okay here. In the original plan
this was the garage that we were gonna park at. But the clearance of the truck. Yeah, the Boston Commons Garage is only six feet and
three inches clearance. But there’s also plenty of
parking here on the street, at least today on
a Saturday morning. And they are having
some kind of march here at Boston Commons. The Boston Public Garden
here, very pretty. Very nice place
to like decompress in the middle of
the bustling city. Also here some of the nicest
gardens I’ve seen in a while. (bright violin music) (bright music) Here we have this equestrian
sculpture of George Washington. Picture perfect with the
Boston skyline behind it. The statue itself
dates back to 1869. That building looks kind
of familiar, doesn’t it? It is of course, Cheers, where
everybody knows your name. And it is about to open,
filmed before a live (clears throat) YouTube
audience in this case. And they just opened up, so let’s go into the set
bar which is upstairs. And this will be pretty
much breakfast for us. And I’ll pretend to
be Norm and sit here. It looked bigger on TV. Yeah, that’s the
people going inside. Downstairs they have
another restaurant, but it doesn’t look like the
Cheers from the TV series. The menu? Themed after the
show’s characters. And the collectible napkins. We get a nice IPA, although I think this
is more of a lager town since Samuel Adams was
from here after all, right? New England clam
chowder in a mug. And the Octoberfest special
and a club sandwich. Well I think we sat at
Frasier’s favorite spot. But anyways, that was Cheers. Okay and this is the lower
portion of Cheers here. Yeah, let’s just see what
the lower level looks like. This is not at all like
the original Cheers. Obviously there was no room
down here for the set bar. The walls covered with
memorabilia as they should be. At the beginning I thought I
was sitting at Norm’s stool at the upstairs bar, but
it was on the other side. Anyways, they even have
the wooden Indian statue. Really, really cool. That was Cheers. Very cool to be here. And now we’re gonna
do the Freedom Trail. By the way, the upstairs bar, they could work on their
service a little bit. But other than
that, it was great. Well now that we’ve had our fun, let’s immerse
ourselves in history. And there’s plenty of
that here in Boston. (easy listening music) This here is the Sailors
and Soldiers Monument, dedicated to those
from Massachusetts who lost their lives
during the Civil War. And here’s the World
War I sea mine. Alright, let’s do
the Freedom Trail, which begins here at the
visitor information center. Okay, let’s do it. We’re supposed to follow the
red bricks on the sidewalk. Boston, so far,
great, vibrant city. I love it. Although I suspect most of
the people around us here are tourists just like us. Here we are approaching the
Massachusetts State House. Basically the state capitol
dating back to 1798. And here’s a relief. The State House here
was built on land once owned by John Hancock, Massachusetts’ first
elected governor. Paul Revere was also here, you know supervising the
construction and in 1997, the dome was reguilded
in 23 karat gold. We continue towards
the Park Street Church. Continue following the
Freedom Trail path. Here, across the street from
Boston Common is our next stop. (sirens wailing) Something big is
happening and this is… It is a pretty noisy
city, by the way. Hmm, I wonder what’s going on. Our next stop here is the
Granary Burying Ground. Here we have Paul Revere and the five victims
of the Boston Massacre and three signers of the
Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock
and Robert Treat Pain. Their final resting place. Here’s John Hancock. – That’s the stone that
has the pennies on the top. The men were profiting in some
way off of the slave trade. – [Robert] Perhaps we should
have gotten a guided tour, but we decided to
explore on our own. By the way, here’s Paul Revere. (woman sneezing) – [Woman] Excuse me. – [Robert] Bless you. Some very interesting
grave stones. And the pyramid in the
middle that says Franklin, that’s not Ben. If you remember, we
saw him back in Philly. These are his parents and
relatives buried here. It’s the Tremont Temple. We continue walking the trail. King’s Chapel. Next stop is the King’s Chapel, a historic unitarian
church and a fine example of colonial architecture. Actually let’s step inside. The current church
was completed in 1754 but it was actually built around
the original 1689 building, so they wouldn’t
disturb services. When they completed
construction, the original church
was demolished and removed through the windows. Pretty cool, huh? This is the old burial ground. This is Boston’s
oldest burying ground. Okay this was very interesting. Let’s continue. This is the next thing. This here is the Old City Hall. Nowadays the Ruth
Chris Steakhouse. Okay. Old city hall. There’s a famous
Benjamin Franklin statue, who was actually
a Boston native. – [Woman] Once they’re
outside the city they are alerting dozens
of other prearranged, prestationed groups of men. He’s not the only one. So how did you all
get brainwashed? School, yes. School made you read and
probably memorize something. – [Robert] This is also the site of the first public
school in America. The original Boston
Latin School. – [Woman] What if we
left housekeeping? (group laughing) – [Robert] Who is that? Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. Something interesting
and peculiar about Boston is that many of these
old historic buildings have been repurposed. The Five Cents
Savings Bank Building is now a Walgreens, just
like the old City Hall was a Ruth Chris Steakhouse. The Old Corner Bookstore is
now a Chipotle Mexican Grill. This is the Irish
Famine Memorial, commemorating the
Famish that took place between 1845 and 1852. Benjamin Franklin
was baptized huh? It’s the Old South
Meeting House. Well gentrification, but
anyways this is the birth place of Benjamin Franklin. We’ll continue down
the Freedom Trail. This old building here, standing among all
of these skyscrapers is none other than
the Old State House, the oldest public
building in Boston and the site of the
Boston Massacre, which was one of the events
that led to the rebellion against the British authority. Of course. And they have a saxophone
player somewhere around here. Let’s continue. This is a subway entrance. This was the site of the
Boston Massacre right here. March 5th, 1770. The site of the
first Meeting House. There’s our saxophone player. Actually the sound carries
really well in this corner. Great acoustics. Next we’re going to check
out the Faneuil Hall. Nice juxtaposition of
the old and the new. Here’s the Faneuil Hall and the modern Boston City
Hall across the street. Talk about an eye sore. This place has tourist
trap written all over it. But let’s check it out anyways. There’s a statue of Sam Adams. – [Man] Holding this
all the way up guys. Nobody move. – [Man] Nobody gets hurt. – [Man] Once again, ladies
and gentlemen, make some noise for our volunteers. Everyone make some noise
for our volunteers. (crowd cheering)
Make some noise. – [Robert] Alright,
let’s go inside the hall. – [Man] Now volunteers, arms up. – [Robert] Here’s one of
four original cashier booths and outside it is a circus. There’s the market. I have nothing against
street performers, but to me, in this setting, they don’t add to
the experience, in
my opinion anyways. Except for the drummer
perhaps, but I’m biased. I am partial to musicians,
being one myself. And this guy’s really good. (vibrant drumming and chiming) This is the Quincy Market. Ooo, check it out. There’s a Cheers here too. Alright, let’s go hang
out with Norm and Cliffy and Frasier and the
rest of the gang. Norm has aged a bit. Something light and refreshing
so we can continue exploring. There’s still a lot
to see here in Boston. (bright music) More street performers here. Here we have another
street performer. This one with a Scottish
theme going on I guess. There’s so many people here. (energetic violin music) Ooo, he’s still going at it. This tall gentleman here
is Kevin Hagan White, former mayor of Boston. Pizza alone won’t fill an
emptiness in your soul. You also need beer. Hmm, Ben Franklin
would agree I think, although his original quote
was actually about wine. But anyways. We are walking
towards North End, which is the city’s oldest
residential community. Continuously inhabited
since the 1630s. As we get closer,
here for example, is the oldest continually
operated restaurant and oyster bar in
the United States. Established in 1717. And this street also looks kind of something out
of a Harry Potter film. Doesn’t it? And here’s the oldest tavern. The Boston Stone here
was brought from England and according to legend,
served as the zero milestone, or mile marker zero of Boston. Some kind of festival here. Or farmer’s market actually. Yep, big farmer’s market today. Okay, we were interrupted here. – Sweet pineapples. – [Robert] This open area here
is the Rose Kennedy Greenway. And this is where
the central artery, as we say in the
south, expressway, used to go through before
they built the big dig and moved it underground and
made this nice linear park. And we are now in North End, which is also the
Italian neighborhood, with some of the best
Italian restaurants I hear. Hmm, I wish we were hungry. This is Hanover Street,
the main drag here. But we’re going to take
a quick detour first to see Paul Revere’s house, where he began his
legendary midnight ride to alert the Colonial militia that the British forces
were approaching. Paul Revere’s house. And this is it. (crowd chattering) (bright music) The Sacred Heart Italian Church. – Alright. Here folks, we’re gonna cross
over and then take a right on the other side of the street. – Should we tag along? Hmm, maybe not. And we are back on Hanover. And here’s Paul Revere’s statue. But the park is all under
construction, so let’s continue. And here we stumble upon the San Gennaro Feast. San Gennaro Comes to Boston. Our friend Rob
Nestore from Philly told us not to miss it in New
York which we did, by the way. And now we find it here. Isn’t this awesome? Again, I wish we were hungry. (speaking in foreign language) It looks, it smells and it
sounds like it’s going to be a fun festival. But first, we want to finish
the Freedom Trail here. The next spot is the
Old North Church. Just like Paul Revere’s House, which was $5 to go
in, the church is $8, so we’re going to admire the
architecture from outside and keep going. Needless to say we are getting
a little tired of walking and we’re going up hill, because next stop is the
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. This is the city’s second
oldest cemetery, by the way. It was from that steeple that Paul Revere told
three Boston Patriots to hang two lanterns to warn
the people of Charlestown across the Charles
River about the movement of the British Army. (bright music) We continue. Now going over the
Charlestown Bridge over the Charles River towards our last two
points of interest here. The first one is that obelisk
called Bunker Hill Monument. The other one would be
the U.S.S. Constitution. Here’s the City Square Park. Fly pelican. St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. And there it is,
Bunker Hill Monument. Let’s see if I can make
it all the way to the top. Well, here goes nothing. It is 294 steps and it gets
narrower the higher you get. Ugh, only 1/3 of the way there. As it gets narrower it
is more of a bottleneck. Well, made it to the top. But it is very crowded up here. Very claustrophobic. Everybody waiting for their
turn to look out the window, although some people just
take possession of a window without any consideration
for the rest of us. You know there’s only one
window per side, right? Well I hope he got a great shot, because none of us could. Thanks. It is finally my turn
to get some nice shots of the city skyline. (bright music) Oh by the way, it would be
nice if they cleaned the glass from time to time. Just saying. Down and down we go. Actually going down is
almost as tiring as going up just because you
have to go so slow. Well that wasn’t the
greatest experience. And if you are
claustrophobic at all, do not do this one. Whew, that was a
pretty hardcore climb all the way up there. Very crowded. They should really limit
the amount of people. But, great views of
Boston from up there. I went all the way up there. (jazzy music) Next the U.S.S. Constitution, but I don’t think we’re gonna
have time for that one today. There is something else
I want to do by sunset and believe it or not,
it is almost 5:00 p.m. We’ll be back tomorrow and
go inside and all that. Right now we’re going to take
an Uber to the parking lot and off we go to
a different city. And a different state as well. A new state for us. We’re heading down to
Providence, Rhode Island, because tonight
they have this event they do some nights in the
summer called WaterFire. In which they literally
light up the river on fire. It is supposed to be really cool and our timing today
would be perfect. Besides, it is an opportunity
to add a new state to our sticker map. And that’s just
too good to resist. It is about an hour
drive and here we are. Providence. Parking might be an issue since this is such a popular
event, but we’ll see. There’s the capitol
building to the right. Well yeah, as I suspected, the parking lot we
had chosen is full. Hopefully we’ll find
something somewhere else. It is a little bit
congested here, but while I was stopped
I looked on Google Maps and I think I saw
a large parking lot by the capitol building. Here we go. Event parking, $15. I’ll take it at this point. And we’re parking here
for the WaterFire? – [Man] Yeah, it’s $15. – [Robert] $15? Alright, let me get– – Yeah I got it.
– You got it? (jazzy music) This is where we
parked Big White. In front of the Rhode
Island Statehouse. Let’s walk down to the
river and see this thing and then eat. Actually we haven’t had anything
since Cheers this morning. It is quite a nice downtown. I wish we had more time here. But as you know our
time is very limited. We’ll probably return next
year around this time. And here we are. I think this is going
to be as good as it gets location wise to see the event. This is it. I’m claiming this
spot right here. This event, by the way,
attracts roughly 40,000 people. The tradition began
in the mid 90s. WaterFire is, and I quote
from the Wikipedia here, simultaneously a free
public art installation, a performance work, an urban
festival, a civic ritual, and a spiritual communal
ceremony, well known nationally and internationally as
a community arts event. WaterFire’s symbolism
and interpretation is both inclusive and expansive;
reflecting the recognition that individuals
must act together to strengthen and
preserve their community. That’s what they
actually light on fire, which is apparently
aromatic wood. After what feels like ages,
here they finally come. It is going to be awhile ’til
they make it to where we are. Little by little they
start lighting up all these floating
torches or bonfires. I don’t know exactly
what they are called. Oh wait, I believe they
are called braziers. Hmm. (bright music) – [Woman] They haven’t started. (thoughtful music) – Here they come. It is all very artistic,
if perhaps a little slow for my impatient tastes. It was certainly lucky to
find out about this event and be here for it. As soon as I knew we
were going to be here on this Saturday, I made
sure to try and make it. If only to see this
unique spectacle. It’s pretty much all
lit up back there. (woman singing in
foreign language) Really cool to see
and smell, actually. Yep, it is all this
drawn out ritual, lighting up the fires. And they are finally done. Now let’s go eat. (happy music) It is very mesmerizing for sure. Everybody seems to be, anyways. I guess the combination
of fire and water have this profound
calming effect. Oh by the way, they do
offer gondola rides. Okay Union Station Brewery. Let’s go in there. When it is cloudy, you know
it’s going to be a good IPA. And we order the
burritos as well. Why not? Well this was very nice. Here at the brewery. Now we have to drive all
the way back to Plymouth. Oh by the way, great burrito. (sighs) Let’s find out car now, or the monster truck
or what did I call it? Big White. Yeah, that certainly
hit the right spot. Although the burrito tasted
more Italian than Mexican. And that’s totally okay. It was delicious. And check out the moon. (bright jazz music) Gotta love a city
with street musicians. Um, we got some
break dancing here. It’s been a while
since I saw that. (funk music)
(crowd calling out) (gentle music) There it is. The Rhode Island State House, made out of white
Georgia marble. It is the fourth largest
self supported marble dome in the world. The statue of the independent
man, originally called Hope. (sighs) It’s been a long day. We’re tired. And the monster truck
is somewhere up here. And there’s Big White. (energetic music) Well goodnight. Well good morning. We are going back to Boston. We are going to see
the U.S.S. Constitution and we are going
to eat some Italian and then I have to drop
Ili off at the airport, because she has to
fly back to Miami. And then I have to drive
back to Miami, nearly nonstop because I have to return this
big white truck by Wednesday. A little tight at
this curve, perhaps. Hmm. (pensive music) We go back in the big dig;
quite the engineering marvel. Aside from all the
problems it had. And we found parking. It is going to be like $11
for the three hours or so we are going to be here. And that is a little tight for
Big White, the monster truck, but we’ll make it work. Here we are, the
U.S.S. Constitution. Launched in 1797 and named by
President Washington himself after the then only 10 years
old United States Constitution. Let’s go below decks. The ship was apparently stronger and more heavily armed than
other frigates at the time. There’s an even lower level. I guess this is
where the crew slept. Let’s walk to the aft section. I guess this back here are
the officers’ quarters. Notice the low
clearance ceiling. Perhaps people were
shorter back then. I’m kidding of course. Perhaps headroom
wasn’t a major concern on a ship designed for war. She’s the world’s oldest
commissioned naval vessel still afloat and probably one
of our most historic ships. By the way, I do believe all
these cannons are replicas put here when they made
the ship into a museum. Let’s take a picture at
the helm, behind the wheel. I was really tempted
to ring the bell, but ultimately
decided against it. That was the U.S.S.
Constitution. Now let’s go eat. And with that we bring the
Freedom Trail to a completion. The U.S.S. Constitution. Now lets go get some
Italian and then off we go. (upbeat music) For the sake of saving time, we’re gonna take an
Uber to North End, where parking would be
lot more challenging. So we are leaving the
big truck in Charlestown. The birthplace of Clementina. We get some bread and
hmm, olive oil, delicious. (Parisian music) Olives, scallops and a
pasta plate called Rosetta. Tiramisu for dessert
and espresso. And there seems to be some
procession happening outside. (bright band music) Ooo I see. This must be part of
the San Gennaro Festival we saw yesterday. Okay we’re back by
Paul Revere’s house. By the way that restaurant
we ate, Lemoncello, really good. A little pricey, but
it felt so authentic, our waiter he was from Genova. And you know, an old
timer, really cool guy. So yeah, I fully recommend it. Unfortunately our time
here is running out, so yeah we’re gonna go. (bright band music) Actually, before we go, let’s follow the
music a little here. I have a thing
for marching bands and we still have a
little time to spare. We kind of continue
walking on Hanover Street, kind of sort of
following the procession. There are actually two bands. The one in the front
is playing now, which is more of a
waltzy downtempo style. Very serendipitous
to be here today in the middle of
this procession. This is actually the first
year they do the San Gennaro here in Boston. The original
celebration of course has been taking place
in Mulberry Street in New York since 1926. It is still great to be here as they are bringing
this Italian tradition to North End here in Boston. This is an original reproduction of the statue of San Gennaro. Blessed by Pope Francis himself
in person at the Vatican. Well, time’s up. We’re walking back to the car. (jazzy music) I’m going to take Ili to
Boston Logan Airport here, where she has a three
hour flight back to Miami. And then I’m going back to
the campground to get ready for my three day
drive back to Miami. Although I am going to try
and do it in two and a half. Yeah, I’m leaving tonight. ♪ Riding, riding, my RV We’ve got two more states to add to our map here. First of course Massachusetts. And of course, Rhode Island. And my rule for this is you either have
to sleep in the state or do something significant. And I think Rhode
Island qualifies. We saw that WaterFire
in Providence. So that’s a very tiny sticker. But gonna put it, gonna put it right there. Anyways, now back to Miami. – [Robert] Well, we are
leaving New England. Ooh, bumpy. We’re really, really
far away from home. Over the next
two-and-a-half days, I am going to be
driving nearly nonstop using the fastest possible route until I make it back
to South Florida. On this first part of the trip, I am driving west
on Interstate 195. ♪ Riding ♪ Riding in my RV Approaching Rhode Island. ♪ Riding, riding ♪ My RV Soon after– – [GPS] Welcome to Connecticut. Welcome to New York. – [Robert] It is a long,
tedious, nocturnal drive, and fatigue starts to set in as I approach the most
stressful portion: crossing New York City. (quirky industrial music) As we approach the city, it
gets progressively unnerving, especially those white signs
saying, “Passenger cars only.” What if I make a mistake and exit at a
low-clearance overpass? If it was daytime
and I was 100%, I probably wouldn’t
mind so much. But right now, it is a
white-knuckle drive, for sure. To add to my predicament, it isn’t the smoothest
of roads either as we drive across the Bronx. As we approach the
Washington Bridge, more height restrictions
and ‘No Trucks’ signs. Let me tell you, this is
not for the faint of heart. The GPS thinks I’m in a car, so it’s telling
me to do one thing and the signs tell
me to do another. I mean, it is definitely
an experience. But next time, I’m going to do
it in the daytime and rested, not after four
hours on the road. And the reason I’m doing this
right now, it is Sunday night, so I figured traffic would
be lighter, and it is. The other choice would
have been tomorrow morning, Monday, rush hour;
ah, I don’t know. Anyways, besides, I
want to get to Miami as soon as possible. This is it, the George
Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson River. – [GPS] Welcome to New Jersey. – [Robert] Thank you. Pretty nice views of
the Manhattan skyline, although, from the bridge, I
never saw it with my own eyes. I just pointed the camera
in that general direction hoping to get something. Trust me, the drive required
my undivided attention. (sighing) I need a break, badly. There is a truck
rest area coming up, so I’m going to stop
for a few minutes. And remember Rob
from South Philly? Well, I remember he
did offer his business in Camden, New Jersey, as a
possible boondocking spot. It is about a two-hour drive
on the New Jersey turnpike, so I’m going to
send him a message to see if it is okay to
crash at his place tonight. Well, Rob said yes, so off I go. I’m gonna take the New
Jersey Turnpike here. And with that, we say
goodbye to New York. Until next time. Most of the trip is
uneventful, until the very end. It’s raining pretty
bad, pretty hard. But we are six miles away. Actually, nine miles away;
six miles from the exit. (sighing) I’ve had
enough of this rain. – [Man] How are you? – [Robert] Hi, how are ya? – [Man] (inaudible) – [Robert] How much? – [Man] $35– – [Robert] $35, here you go. Ugh, I’m so tired I
can’t barely talk. By the way, $35 for the turnpike
with my four axles, ouch. $35.80.
– Keep right. Take the next right onto– – [Robert] Finally made
it, I can’t believe it. I am gonna crash so hard. And Rob was waiting for
me, so thank you so much. See you next time
we’re in Philly. Well, tomorrow will
be another day. (upbeat pop music) Good morning! I slept well and
had my Cuban coffee, so I am ready for
an all-day drive. The goal is South
Carolina; we’ll see. We’re about to
cross into Delaware. – [GPS] Welcome to Delaware. – [Robert] Let’s go into the
Delaware Welcome Center here, get a map. And it looks like I’m
going to have to go all the way to the
trucks section. But there is plenty of room. Inside, it is like
a service plaza. And the actual welcome
desk was closed, but I was able to get a map. They left ’em conveniently
laying on a desk. Ooh, I don’t think I’ll ever
again complain about tolls in South Florida. Hmm, who am I kidding? Of course I will. But still, the Northeast
is pretty insane when it comes to toll roads. We’re almost in Maryland. – [GPS] Welcome to Maryland. – [Robert] Now crossing
the Susquehanna River. The next challenge: Baltimore, not only because of
the heavy traffic and the relentless rain, but also because propane
is forbidden in the tunnel and they do have signs all
over, unlike other places, so they must be really
serious about it. So, I must search for
an alternate route. I’ll set my GPS to avoid
highways temporarily and we’ll go around and see a little bit of
Baltimore in the process. I love this part of the
country, don’t get me wrong. But driving an RV in
this area, you know, the large metropolitan areas
here on the Eastern corridor, especially one with propane,
is just inconvenient sometimes. Well, at least we are getting
to see some of the city, huh? Here’s Little Italy. (light electronic music) The last time we were here? Christmas 2012. The city was deserted. We didn’t have an
RV back then either. And we are back on I-95, going
towards the nation’s capital, although I think we’re
gonna take the Beltway and try to avoid the
worst of the traffic. – [GPS] Welcome to
District of Columbia. – [Robert] We’ll revisit
DC some other time. Really? How about Virginia? – [GPS] Welcome to Virginia. – Oh, thank you! Well, just took a shower here at the Virginia Welcome Center. We are in
Fredericksburg, Virginia. Got my map. And I always like
to take a shower, when it is a long driving day
like today, nonstop driving, I like to take a shower
more or less halfway because it kind of resets
your clock, you know? – [GPS] In 800 feet,
merge onto I-95 South. – Thank you so much. And then you’re able
to drive much longer. As you know, this
part of the trip is pretty much nonstop driving. I have to return Big White here
back to the Tires Plus shop. He told me to take it to him,
so that’s what I’m doing. And it’s been a little bit
of a miserable drive here. You know, it’s been raining. I guess this is like a
cold front and I’m just, oh, shoot, I’m driving south
with it, which is kind of– – [GPS] Continue on
I-95 South for 56 miles. – Hold on, I have to merge here, and sometimes it’s not
as easy as it looks. There we go. The goal is… The goal is South Carolina, but I might make it to
Georgia; I don’t know. It will be really cool
to be in Miami tomorrow. That way I can return the
truck Wednesday morning. We’ll see. I was gonna say something
else, but I forgot. Oh yeah, I haven’t
been filming much. Yeah, it’s been
mostly GoPro footage because, you know, I’m
not gonna stop anywhere except South of
the Border maybe. I wanna thank Rob Nestore for letting me crash at
his place last night. It’s really cool to have
friends on the road. And definitely, in my line
of work, making videos, it facilitates that,
and I’m very grateful, very lucky to know so
many people on the road. At least, so many people
know me on the road, which is good. All right, catch up
with you guys later. (upbeat pop music) We are now in North Carolina. – [GPS] Welcome
to North Carolina. – [Robert] Let’s stop
at the rest area. (upbeat pop music) After many more
uneventful hours, I am finally reaching
my destination, which, in this case, will be
I-95’s most famous tourist trap here at the North and
South Carolina state line, very appropriately called
South of the Border. – [GPS] Welcome
to South Carolina. – Thank you. They do have this somewhat
cheesy faux-Mexican motif. Wouldn’t this nowadays qualify
as cultural appropriation or is that not a thing anymore? Regardless, and I am
kidding of course, I always like to stop here the few times that
I’ve come across it, and this is the
first time really that I come here with an RV. And conveniently, they do have
a campground called Pedro’s. I think Pedro actually
“owns” everything here. Here’s my site. Let’s get settled in and
have some dinner and relax. Well, this is where we
are, South of the Border. Let me show you around. And here we are. The tower with the
sombrero on top, it’s actually an
observation tower. Well, this is the
Sombrero Restaurant, and I think that’s where
I’m going to eat, I think. I don’t see any other place. Beautiful afternoon
here in South Carolina, just south of the border
with North Carolina. I begin with a Dos Equis,
a Mexican beer, not an IPA. And the menu has
a Mexican section and a Southern
section, by the way. But I ordered a burger because it’s not
like we are in Mexico or anything like that, right? Anyways, goodnight. Well, good morning once again! I slept pretty well
last night too, so today it is Miami or bust. And this guy just
broke down, right here. Seriously. Look at all that
smoke coming out. Well, I’m going to make use
of my mad backing-up skills and go around the other way. (upbeat banjo pop music) Gotta return my keycard
here at the office, and I’m also gonna
fill up the tank. I-95 looks pretty
much all the same from here all the
way to Florida. And then, the only highlight
is really perhaps Jacksonville. I do get some rain here
and there along the way. Now crossing Lake Marion. And the sun is
coming out, finally. And you know what’s on my mind? I’ll give you a hint: We’re
crossing the Savannah River. Yes, you guessed right,
we are now in Georgia. Let’s fill up here at the
Flying J because pretty soon, pretty soon we are going
to be in a different state. Well, we’ve made it. Ladies and gentlemen,
welcome to Florida, although don’t
celebrate prematurely. We still have about
six hours to go, assuming I don’t have
to stop, which I do. Yep, clean the lens. Much better, huh? It’s incredibly hot
out there. (laughing) I’m starting to miss the
crisp air of the north, but (pausing) it is what it is. The trip is coming to an end. Here we are. We are near Titusville, Florida. You see, I’m not kidding you. For most of Florida, I-95
is really this boring; not that it is any better
in Georgia or the Carolinas, but at least it
is an easy drive. Let’s go into the Fort
Pierce Flying J here to make one final
dump and to put gas. We’re about two hours
away from home here and I’m getting really tired. Ooh, it’s hot out there. Anyways, very clean dump station here at the Flying
J in Fort Pierce. Two more hours to go. We’re on the homestretch. Got me some Pilot coffee. Ah. (coughing) Woo! Let’s do this. You’re not gonna believe
what happened. (laughing) I forgot to put gas! Some gas stations can be
a little hard to navigate towing a trailer. This one, mmm, it’s not too bad. ♪ Riding ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ‘Cause I’m free
in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ I’m riding ♪ Riding, riding ♪ I’m riding in my RV ♪ My RV ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ‘Cause I’m free
in my RV, yeah ♪ Well, to make a
long story short, two hours later, I
made it to Miami, thus ending a road trip where very few things
went as planned. This was the road
trip where Old Kia, my trusty tow
vehicle, finally died. A trip that originally
was going to be two or two-and-a-half
months long turned into
two-and-a-half weeks. Still, we accomplished a lot, we saw a lot, and learned a lot. Now, on to the next one. I hope you enjoyed. As always, thank you
so much for watching, and see you on the road. (light upbeat pop music)

100 thoughts on “Travel to the Northeast with an RV

  1. I love to listen to your voice when u do talk overs. …. Love when u say fu. Things like… A couple of store aways joined ๐Ÿค— coffee and on the way again. ๐Ÿค—

    Good advice… Better to err on the side of caution.

  2. … And just like that a stressful day comes to an end ๐Ÿค— โค๏ธ๐Ÿ† great commentary. Food does help stress.

  3. I'd get a lawyer and take that miami shop to small claims after i had a REAL shop handle the problems… at least send them a bill for the new work needed… its bad enough what you had to go through in miami for as long as you did.

  4. Just visiting your channel.. Had a nice time seeing something different. Well worth watching the video again. Never been there but live in Pa.

  5. You look like you had alot of fun.. places ive always wanted to see. The sticker map looked like fun. Got to camp and do Cadillac mountain to see sun set.. then the cat to Nova Scotia.. i did that "nuts" thing to catch the title bore in NS.. watch the water go backwards up river..

  6. I just discovered your channel and I love your videos. The Carolina's are so beautiful! Go to Ashville North Carolina next time and visit the Biltmore Estate. It's absolutely beautiful!

  7. I enjoy your videos more than words can say.
    I have a question.
    You say. "WE" always on your tours so to speak,
    and, as you drive too.
    In this awesome vid
    I only remember one other individual that you were traveling with ,,, and that was the UBER driver!
    Sooo question . . . .
    Were you still with the UBER driver untill you got back on the road North? Who is the "we " ?
    I don't see your lovely wife on this travel . . . . …..?
    THANK YOU ROBERT.
    You are well loved and appreciated by many.

    Stay well.

    # I realize 'we' viewers are with you ๐Ÿ™‚ and I kind of think that's what you're referring to. But I wasn't sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ โœŒ๏ธ

  8. Wow wonderful camera work. You actually made this shithole, opiod infested, poverty stricken, homeless haven, racially segregated, corrupt, morally bankrupt, filthy, phony, overrated, potholes riddled streets, hateful so called city of brotherly look dazzling and inviting. I was born and raised in Philly and NOW can't stand it. Although this city has a wealth of history its overshadowed by a bunch of bullshit promoted by outsiders ( fuggin nasty ass PATS STEAKS TONY LUKES STEAKS AND RACIST NASTY ASS GENOS STEAKS) THE Dumb ass goofy tourist bypassing good museums along the parkway to go and take pictures at a statue of a fictional movie character of a bumbass boxer( even Stallone don't want that shit on his property). Dumbasses run up the stairs of the art museum but won't go in to actually see art. NEW YORKERS INFILTRATING( mofos for decades claim they hated philadelphians but being chased out of NYC due to housing cost). Out of towners moving in figgin up the real estate game. Dumbass now paying half million dollars for over 100yr old homes renovated over crumbling infrastructure and cant park in front of your door that just 10 yrs ago were selling for way under $100k. Stupid aaa sidewalk cafes. Sidewalks are filthy. Crazy shit. How can a couple spend $50 to sit outside on the dirty narrow nastyass sidewalk to eat a meal while strange funky ass strangera brush up against them or a homeless HUNGRY person is lying LITERALY a few feet away within eyesight. Sick as world and suckers born everday I guess. But Again I'm extremely impressed by your camera work.

  9. If you took your old Kia to a dealership, they might have replaced your engine under the recall. There was an issue with a nut falling into the engine.

  10. Thank you for the trip. My first time catching one of your videos. I like how you sing your own jingles. No copy right issues there. Your story telling was on point. Love it. Now I gotta subscribe so I can find out what new vehicle you purchased……..peace and blessings

  11. 1:20:12 hereโ€™s the One Liberty Observation Deck in Philadelphia.

    Proceeds to show footage from South of the Border

  12. Traveling from Florida to Pennsylvania next September. We donโ€™t want to take I-95. We want to follow your route. Do you share your overnight stops anywhere in cyber space? We travel in a Winnebago Drop: it fits anywhere.

  13. You are a fucking twat. You are not a man. Hauling a camper with a Kia? Tell your mom to give you your balls back.

  14. next time your headed this way please let me know , love to show you some of Vermont
    sincerely deb bushee

  15. You traveled through all of my favorite places, and I just loved your camera, sound and commentary. A great introduction to the RVing life and complications.

  16. Dude. The propane restrictions were totally for commercial vehicles with placarded loads, not RV's.
    I grew up in Plymouth not far from that campground. Never heard of water fire in Providence or knew it was such a big deal though?

  17. Great people Robert, I know is an old video but it's great to know that there still good people around . Happy travels .

  18. Are you from Vero Beach? My Father in law lived there but passed away in December of 2018. He moved to Vero Beach in the 70's and called it home until his passing.
    Thank you for sharing your journey.

  19. You have a great sense of direction. You make it look so easy, yet I know itโ€™s not. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  20. Hi, I am new to this channel. I love itโ˜บI was looking for photos of Maine, then videos and viola, this perfect voice. So now I am touring places with you guys. And question, will that guy at minute 20 share his workout regimen with us?

  21. Weโ€™re in a 33โ€™ Class A gas & looking for a 38โ€™ diesel with stackable washer & dryer, king bed 3 or 4 slides preowned. We are ready to go full time for a year. Prefer Winnebago or Allegro. We have put auto awning, air suspension ride, etc. a lot of money in our 2006 Suncruiser. We are selling our 2006 Saturn with our RV. We will be towing our Ford 150 truck with our next RV. We will leave from TX & go south east to end of Florida on Gulf side & back up to north east on Atlantic side. We have a 3,000 sq ft home on a beautiful 22 acres for sale. We need to sale home & RV & purchase used RV before we can leave on our year long adventure. We need all the help & advice we can get. We know our mail forwarding will be thru Escapees. Best place to sell & best place to buy?

  22. I guess Im the only stick in the mud so to speak.
    I watched & watched, waiting for the plot to reveal , but it just never did.
    Unless this was about a worn out Kia breaking down over and over. Sorry bro.
    I travel all over the U.S. and most of the time its boring.
    Im afraid , this was more of the same.

  23. Wow! I watched the beginning of this video last night. Early this afternoon I was having a cortadito in front of el Rinconcito 4 on Bird Road between Douglas and Ponce, and I got this eerie feeling of dรฉjร  vu. It's a frequent stopping off place when I go for a walk in my neighborhood. I couldn't figure out why today it felt so strange standing there. Then I got home and resumed playing this video. Instead of resuming, it went back to the beginning, where I saw you in the exact same spot, probably having a cafecito while waiting for your vehicle repairs. Small world. Our house is on the market, we are taking delivery on an RV next week and heading out on the road sometime in the near future. Maybe see you out there…

  24. Retired my 2002 KIA Rio from towing in 2018 also, but I just towed a Harley Fatboy of like 800 lbs but not wanting to finish it off on the road lol.

  25. Saying "cheese wit" is so cringe lol. Saying with cheese is fine. I'm from Philly. So glad you visited though. Checked out some stuff I haven't even learned yet. Really excited about seeing my city explored. It's also hilarious how accurate that is when you drive from the south to the north, the closer you get to Philly, the more tolls and traffic.

  26. in NJ everything is difficult for example you cannot have annything on your windshield its a ticket for obstruction of view i got already 2 for air freshener on my mirror.

  27. Roberto, I found you tonight!! Like your video very much. Te mando un abrazo desde Mรฉxico y mis mejores deseos para ti!!

  28. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH A AKEYA HOW EVER YOU SPELL IT IF YOU TOW TOYOTA/ FORD / OR CHEV . MAY BE EVEN A DODGE / YOU DID NOT DO YOUR HOME WORK

  29. I wish I could do this when I retire( if I still have the strength)… maybe you should retire old Kia and get a new pick up truck like this to get your travels more efficient and relaxing!

  30. What an adventure! I hope looking back is better. I think everyone has had traveling moments like this. I've had them on personal and commercial trips. Get more with the miles. You still got to Hershey and the convention. Very cool. โ˜บ

  31. Should have sell KIA. I used to be Kia mechanic for dealership. I have seen some cars has many problems. Sedona is one of worse problems. Cars are good. Both SUVs are good. Have seen sportage went over 200k miles. Sonanta havenโ€™t.

  32. Robert. Total frustration breaking down on road especially since you had repaired in Miami. Had new motor installed in Tampa and it blew up in Knoxville TN. Put new motor in from NAPA and still running. Really funny part is I purchased a f250 like you was driving. Pull a 27 ft trailer 5100 lbs with Hensley hitch with F250. Funny I forget a trailer back there. 10.2 mpg. We pull less than you maybe 12k per year. Why do we remember breakdowns in such detail. Keep it on the road. Enjoy Friday night chats. John. Leaving to L.A. in few weeks from Tampa.

  33. I hope you will be able to go spend more time in the states you had to cut the visit short. May good luck follow and lift you up.

  34. First time watching, loved it. I watched it all, which it amazing because I have a short attention span. Glad you made it safely back to Miami.

  35. great pictures and views, what truck are you getting next? thank you for all the hard work in making these vids for us , and also your dear wife too from the UK

  36. When you come back to Maine, get off the tourist trail and visit Jo Mary campground just s few miles south of Millinocket. No better view of any campground in Maine. But be prepared to boon dock. Sewer and water on some sites with no electricity, but it is worth it.

  37. I came across a garage that took advantage of travelers. I almost got taken for a lot. Brought it to a small independent one and told them where I was going and the other garage was telling me I needed a lot of work. It turned out to be clogged injectors and I payed to get them cleaned, instead of the new engine.

  38. The number 5 injector is not working if not gas is making to the cylinder no power stork so it's counted as a dead cylender

  39. I've been to all those rest areas driving to Toronto -Naples,FL – Toronto a few dozen times…. yes..my F250 pulls the trailer with no probs. You have a new subscriber.

  40. Hola Roberto! Baya! Pasastes por mi Home Town NY and by my Federal Law Office on Church St by the WTC. Glad you enjoyed it! As always, awesome trip documentary and music. AAA+ all the way buddy! By the way, Cape Cod is a good destination to visit while in the New England Area!

  41. We just missed each other in NC. I was coming back from a trip out west. If youโ€™re ever in Raleigh, youโ€™re welcome at our place ๐Ÿป

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