Bus Blog: North by Northeast

NH Run Topper

From the Bus
Curve, Pa. – Trenton, N.J.  (255 miles, Travel Time: 3 hours, 55 minutes)
Team Movies Watched: None (Waaay to early for that)
Broadcaster Movies Watched: —
Hours Slept: 1.5 hours (we left at 7:30 a.m.)

Trenton, N.J. – Manchester, N.H. (316 miles, Travel Time: 6 hours)
Team Movies Watched: 42, Flags of our Fathers & one other one I can’t remember
Broadcaster Movies Watched: —
Hours Slept: 1 hour

Manchester, N.H. – Curve, Pa. (515 miles, Travel Time: 9 hours)
Team Movies Watched: 10,000 B.C., Ocean’s 13, The Longest Yard
Broadcaster Movies Watched: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Wreck it Ralph

Man oh man what a long road trip with, as you can see, a lot of bus rides mixed in.  In actuality, it’s not even the longest road trip of the season for the Curve, who have an eight-game trip to bring them into the final homestand of the regular season over Labor Day Weekend.  But nonetheless, it was our second trek back up to the upper Northeast part of the U.S. and it treated the team well.

The bats were quite alive in the series with the Fisher Cats, accumulating more than 10 hits in each of the four games played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  Altoona finished the trip, 5-2, but was just a break away from possibly even going 6-1 if things shook out differently in Trenton but that’s the game of baseball.

Since we were back in one of the extreme Northeast, I figured it’d be of value to rent a car when we went to New Hampshire to explore some sights from in and around the town of Manchester.

First on the To Do List was a trip to Waterbury, Vermont, which is the home to Ben & Jerry’s Factory although it’s actually not where the first store opened up.  In fact, the first store opened by the duo was actually in Burlington, VT and the factory was built years later to accommodate for the extra production needs.  Other thing that could be learned from the 30-minute tour (which was $4) was that the two actually went to Penn State and took a correspondence course in 1978 on ice cream making.  The rest, as most people say, is history.

Is the tour worth a two-hour drive each way?  Probably not since it starts w/a six minute video and then you see the production plant (which doesn’t operate on weekends) but nonetheless it was still cool to see and if you’re in the area it’s totally worth it.  Not part of the tour but one of the cooler parts of the place in general was the Flavor Graveyard, where, if you could guess by the name, they have paid homage to flavors that just didn’t make it.  A few of the ones that surprised me that didn’t make it are pictured below.

FlavorGraveyard

When I was leaving the Factory Tour, with ice cream in tow of course, and no, I did not take the vanillavator (code word for elevator) I asked what else was around the town of Waterbury to see.  They told me about the Rt. 100 diet.

The Ben & Jerry’s Factory is just one stop along what has been dubbed the “Rt. 100 Diet”, which consists of many different places that send calorie counts soaring into the thousands.  Along  other places on the Route are The Alchemist Brewery (local microbrew) as well as the Cold Hollow Cider Mill (Apple Cider), which I stopped to check out.  Places I didn’t make it to: the Cabot Cheese Annex, the Lake Champlain Chocolate Outlet (I don’t really like choc.) and a winery.  I’m pretty disappointed I missed the cheese annex as I’m a huge fan of cheese.

Cold Hollow Cider boasted that it had “legendary” cider donuts, which immediately drew my attention and they were pretty darn good.  The cider, also not bad, and pretty reasonably priced.

Since it took two hours to drive back to Manchester, not much else was done on Saturday but before we got out of town on Sunday I arose early to visit the Red Arrow Diner, which has been featured on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives.  I went there last season as well and the food was too good to pass up again.  It’s located in downtown Manchester and usually boasts a pretty decent wait time.  However, since it was 7:45 when I got there, not many were in there and the service was quick.  They even had Sourdough Toast!

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It’s a place you definitely gotta check out if you’re up in the area.  There’s two locations in Manchester and at the one I was at, they had plaques at each seat of a famous person who sat there to eat.  Not sure if they actually sat in that seat or if it was just to let you know who’s eaten there but the seat next to mine apparently was sat in by Guy Fieri.

As for the ride back, it was an interesting one as we found out mid-bus that Alen Hanson would be joining the club when we arrived back in Altoona for tonight’s series opener with the Binghamton Mets.

If you look at the Curve roster, it kind of resembles the Baseball America Prospect Handbook with Jameson Taillon (No. 2), Gregory Polanco (No. 4), Alen Hanson (No. 5), Alex Dickerson (No. 11) and Nick Kingham (No. 17).  It’s going to be a fun last few weeks of the season as the Curve’s most recent five-game streak has propelled them to fifth place in the division.  Entering today’s series opener with the B-Mets they are 7.5 games out of first and an even seven out of a playoff spot.  Plenty of time to catch Erie/Harrisburg.

As always, if you want to follow along with the Curve on the road and some road trip adventures, following along on Twitter @altoonacurve or on the instagram @altoonacurve.

That’s all for today.

— Mike

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