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Should be finishing off New England pretty soon. Can't wait to try the cannon flip at the Montpelier captiol building. We've been getting alot of hype about it from a fan named Bliss, or Amanda. We're not really sure of her name anymore. Stay tuned for more...

Monika decided we are more important that Biology class yesterday morning and skipped to take us into Maine. I reciprocated by giving her a shout out on a radio interview when she was driving us. The only problem is the interview was being pre-recorded for the following morning, and you can clearly hear Monika saying in the background: "It's Mo-neeka, not Monika". Oh well, I guess our cover is blown. Monika is a great girl, but not too good at directions. Thats okay, we made it worse, and we had the maps.

Got a great tour through the rural roads of Maine and New Hampshire. It was nice to get off the interstates and check out the real New England. It seems like every town is straight out of a movie. With the old fashioned front porches, small city squares, brick buildings with red, white and blue ribbons draped over all the railings. Then it started to get dark, and foggy. Combine the weather with the fact it is October, the month of ghouls, it got spooky. Being stuck on the side of the road in the tiny town of Grafton it felt like being in a scary movie. Very surreal, but beautiful all the same.

People come from all over the world to see New England's foliage, and for good reason. Driving through the White mountains in New Hampshire was very impressive. Rolling hills stretching from miles, alive with brilliant colors of orange, red, yellow and everything in between. I've heard about the folliage before, but it never interested me much. After seeing the mountains, lakes and towns alive with color this time of year, it proved me wrong.

Maine and New Hampshire are great. Small, old towns sprinkled everywhere throughout the North East corner of America. Slow moving traffic, friendly faces and every shop has a story behind it. Bob was pointing out some sandwich shops that people come from all over the great state of Maine to try the food. And every town still has banners from when their baseball or football team won the county or state championships back in the 70's and 80's.

It seems like we only need 30 seconds of talking to someone to get a ride. Many people are nervous about hitchhikers, but after hearing our story most are eager to be part of the journey. One example was Megan in Grafton, NH. Megan works at a gas station and has a young family. She closed up the gas station at 9:00 and we were left in the dark. After hearing our story she generously took us 30 miles into Lebanon, NH. She would usually never pick people up, but made an exception. Now we just need to find more ways of getting 30 seconds of people's time.

Gonna try and make today a quad state venture. Begin here in New Hampshire, then Vermont, back through New York and into Pennsylvania. This one may not be too easy, snow storms are forecasted in New York so we're looking for some help. Are you in these areas and want to go for a drive? We promise to entertain...

Scotty

Every morning

I guess we got some press in New York City, cause we got some fans who like to call and check up on the progress.

Here's a typical phone conversation between Scotty and a tough sounding New Yorker.

5:30 AM. Phone is ringing...

Scotty: Heeeloo? (barely awake)
Guy: WHERE YOU AT?
Scotty: Huh? what?
Guy: WHERE YOU AT? THIS IS THE HITCHHIKER YA?
Scotty: Ya, ya. We're in New Hampshire.
Guy: NU' AMPSHA. GOOD. I LIKE WHAT YA DOING. KEEP IT UP. HEY VIN, LOU THEY IN NU AMPSHA.
Scotty: Where are you?
Guy: NEW YORK. I HEARD YOU ON THE RADIO.
Scotty: Oh, ok.
Guy: COME BACK TO NEW YORK, WE'LL AVE' A PARTY, GET ALL THE BOYS OUT. I'LL CALL LATER.

click.

Early morning New Yorker, what is your name? What is your number? Lets meet up.

Montpelier, VT

Vermont is amazing. It's sunny here and the fall foliage is spectacular. We came up to the capitol, Montpelier this morning with Scott King who is in the US Air Force. He was a really cool guy and told us some pretty intense stories from Iraq. The phrase that really stuck was when he said "At first you hear shells flying at you and you hit the ground....after a while you get used to it and don't bother 'cause you don't want to get your uniform muddy." It was pretty hardcore. But he drove fast so that was cool.

We got to the capitol building in the early afternoon.
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We did the usual photo session and then headed over to the Montpelier capitol building cannon to attempt the infamous cannon flip.




I think it's safe to say that Fiddy's attempt may be the worst attempt at anything ever recorded on film.

Then we met up with Mark. Mark tried to get one of his pilot friends to fly us down through a few states in his plane. It didn't work out because his friend had to perform at his night job as a magician tonight. It would have been awesome, but oh well. So we went for a few beers with Mark and went back to his house. Again, we had a little photo shoot and then headed south into New York State. Right now we're meeting up with Rick who will take us through upstate NY.