It was raining when we set off at around 8.30am, luckily within an hour or so it’d cleared up. The breakfast at the hotel was terrible so we stopped at a mcdonald’s, except that mcd wasn’t very good either. Ah well.
At mid-morning we reached Albany. The state capitol building looks impressive. It’s within a complex with different buildings housing different departments plus a conference centre called The Egg. For a weekday there wasn’t a lot of people around.
The reason for the stop was to visit the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Carleen’s great uncle’s name is on there. It’s a sad reminder of the bravery and sacrifice given by firefighters. The memorial wall has over 2,000 names and in front of it is a very lifelike sculpture of 2 firemen helping a colleague.
From Albany it was follow the highway to our destination. Driving through Massachusetts was pretty, the trees that lined the road have begun to change colours and there are splashes of red, orange and yellow amongst the green.
We reached Ptown at around 5pm. Our hotel is located about 1-2 miles from the town centre. It’s a nice hotel, our room is spacious with a small dressing area, fridge and microwave. Ran an errand into town centre but didn’t stay, even though we saw a few friends. Ordered pizza for dinner at our room, so we could rest, relax and have an early night. It will be a busy next few days so it’s a good opportunity to re-energise. Knee update: much better today, I was even able to jog around lightly at our stop in Albany. Mostly muscle soreness at this point.