After arriving at the hotel we had to unload the jeep and trailer into the room, return the trailer to U-Haul, and then pick up the rental car that will get us from here to Oregon in the next eight days.
Driving through New Jersey's core again to avoid the disaster that is the NJ Turnpike one thing is obvious, unlike the rest of the North-east is seen by most of America, this part of the state is pretty conservative and patriotic. I saw more US, State, and POW-MIA flags flying while crossing Central New Jersey than I have seen anywhere else collectively. The other thing no one that has never driven through this part of the state would believe is the number of roadside fruit and vegetable stands along the NJ Parkway. I took pictures to prove it to you all!
Our trip took us through Trenton, the capital of New Jersey for you geography buffs, and there are some amazing older homes that now lie right along the Interstate. While many have seen their better days, quite a few looked very well maintained.
In all it was a hot (93 degrees in the Jeep with the top down) and long day but good fun. We ended the evening with dinner at Phò Towson Bar, named best Phò by the Baltimore Sun for the last three years. It was Coop's first experience with Vietnamese food, and he is as sold as I am. I had a "Small" bowl of Phò, with fried spring rolls and he had Vietnamese style wings and the Special Marinated Chicken. Everything was excellent. The appetizers were hot and crispy without being greasy, and had tons of flavor. The Phò was perfect, with amazingly deep flavors in the broth and beef that was still tender and flavorful itself. Coop said his chicken was perfectly cooked, and surprised him with the hard coating that it stayed so juicy and tender inside. It was a great end to a long day, made better by the fact that it happened to be had right in the lobby of our hotel.