This is going to hurt

Between 12th and 17th June the American Road-trip began in earnest with a round trip through New England. Rather than face the prospect of driving through rush hour NYC traffic I decided to get a train out to the suburbs and pick up a car there.

New England is the region of the north east US mainland made up of the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.

They are beautiful states with lots of trees, rolling fields and green countryside; it is not hard to see how it got the name New England.

Dad and me next to USS Nautilus
The USS Nautilus – The first nuclear powered submarine in the US navy, now free to visit

The first stop was the first ever nuclear powered submarine, the USS_Nautilus, which was amazing. It is based in New London on the river Thames. If you ever drive the US you’ll feel right at home with the names of their towns!

Following this we visited Boston in Massachusetts and attempted to complete the Freedom Trail however following torrential downpour we didn’t manage to finish and instead ended up in the original bar which inspired the TV show Cheers. A much nicer way to end the day.

A very wet day in Boston

New England was incredible and it is impossible to go into detail on everything we did on here. Highlights include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, JFK’s Presidential Museum in Boston, the Budweiser Factory Tour and the amazing landscapes we drove through.

Which brings me on to the title of this post…

To reduce the boredom when driving, sometimes hundreds of miles a day, I had downloaded various podcasts and audiobooks to listen to as we went. Just a reminder that I am travelling with my dad so I did my best to pick those with appropriate subject matter!

If you have not read This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Dr Adam Kay then I highly recommend you do. It is a fascinating account of what the realities of being a doctor in the NHS are. It immediately grabbed both our attentions as we drove along.

What I didn’t know is that he chose to specialise in Obstetrics and gynaecology, or “Brats and Twats” as he called it.

What followed was a 5 hour audiobook about dealing with people’s issues “down there”. From removing items in places they should not be, to the terrifying effects of certain diseases or the discussion around whether medical advice to avoid sex includes Anal. (It did.)

All of which was lovely to listen to whilst riding in the car with my dad.

It is, though, a really good book and eye opening about the state of the NHS. Just be aware of who else might be reading or listening with you!

Finally you may have noticed the blog design has changed a little. I have now moved providers and the new service should be more reliable. The last one having deleted my posts rather than saving them which removed any incentive to write more. Hopefully this means I will be able to keep this more up to date. In the meantime don’t forget to check out my Instagram at Escapefromcustody which is getting daily (or more) updates.

Thank you for reading and please do let me know what you want to hear about in these posts in future!

New York City

The city from the river

After months of talking and planning I’m finally here! The adventure has really begun, and with a bang too…

Landing in JFK Airport tired but excited I managed to miss the signs for the shuttle buses and ended up in completely the wrong place. Fortunately I soon got on a bus to get back where I belonged only to have a tyre blow out en route, tearing off a quarter of the wheel arch!

Once a replacement bus was found and I’d met up with my dad, who’s joining me for the first few weeks, we could head into the city. 

New York is incredible. Everywhere you walk is a location from a TV show or movie, or an iconic building you’ve seen in hundreds of photos.

2 days is not enough time to see it all, despite our best attempts and nearly 25,000 steps the first day!

Despite the long journey ahead I’m already making plans to come back and see the things I’ve missed.

​I was hoping to have a video up by now but haven’t had a chance to buy a laptop, hopefully that will be sorted in the next few days.

After New York we’ve driven through 3 states to Boston, Massachusetts. Along the way we stopped at the USS Nautilus museum, the first nuclear powered submarine in the US Navy which you can walk through. It’s completely free and I highly recommend it.

Hopefully another update soon!

Fancy joining NYPD Traffic?