Our third leg was a two month adventure in logistics. Travelling
without bikes now, we used a rental car and trains to make our way
across the USA and Canada, from Los Angeles to New York. Our six
week road trip took us into many of the extraordinary National Parks
scattered along West Coast America and also in British Columbia.
This was followed by a two week railroad and big city backpacking
experience taking us coast to coast in America visiting Seattle,
Chicago, Washington, Boston and New York.
In six months in New Zealand we carved a trail up the country;
in a month in Samoa we circled the islands a couple of times; but
in two months we barely scratched the surface of the vastness that
is North America.
We followed a more conventional tourist trail, seeking out small
scale adventures hiking, canoeing and kayaking in and around nationally
recognized areas of outstanding natural or environmental significance.
And relying upon trains and automobiles to skip some of the vast
distances between the places we wanted to visit. Mixing hotels,
motels and campsites, stuffing all our gear into rental cars, in
a style of traveling more recognisable as a (very, very long) family