Our home away from home in Hoboken




Our time in the US is rapidly drawing to a close as we continue heading east. Next stop New York, or to be more accurate, Hoboken New Jersey – just across the river from Manhattan. Maggie & John, family friends have opened up their home to us for a few days.







Manhattan from Hoboken




The short walk to Hoboken’s water edge offers up the most magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline.










And the streets offer a glimpse of what this town was like when great movies like On the Waterfront were shot here.

As was the film clip for Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA – produced and directed by Maggie & John.







Carlos Bake Shop



Hoboken is home to Carlos Bake Shop –  made famous on a reality TV program we’d never seen or heard of. Jacob McDougal, Ian’s son (see Washington DC post) is a big fan so we popped along to see what all the fuss was about. Queuing for cakes is not something we would normally do but the cupcakes were very tasty.






9/11 Memorial



We’ve been to New York before but the one thing we wanted to see on this trip was the 9/11 Memorial. It is a poignant commemoration of the thousands who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Centre.














Marblehead - so peaceful



Maggie & John introduced us to their good friend, film score composer Mason Daring. Mason is a keen motorcyclist and invited us to stay with him at Marblehead, just north of Boston.  What great views!






Shirley, Mason and Miss Millicent





We hope to catch up with Mason on one of his motorcycle trips around the world one day. It was great to spend time with him and the lovely Miss Millicent!







Our bike - the star




We also had a meeting with Michael Warren, a photographer we met a couple of months ago on a ferry in Washington State. Michael wanted to do a photo journalism piece on us and the bike. The bike was star of the show. Michael made sure it looked its very best!





The changing colours of the Fall




Now we must head to Toronto to prepare the bike for its flight to the UK. We take the long road – travelling through New England to see the changing colours of the Fall.

The weather is against us with rain and mist taking the edge of the colours but we do see some rather beautiful trees and colours on our way back to Canada.