Then, the realization that “No Smoking” in the motel room meant “No Smoking… regardless of whether the smoke came from a cigarette or a toasted tomato-basil sandwich” and could result in a $500 fine, sunk in.
After a hasty solution that included a fan, extension cord and window, dinner was served undercooked. But it was obvious that panini makers don’t belong in hotels in Erie, Pennsylvania. Next time, I’ll just cook on the trunk of the car.
It was a long day full of border crossings, saying “good bye” to our delightful friends, S & S and their incredibly happy baby, Z. We were sad to leave Toronto, but ready to get back across the border to the storage unit.
The storage unit
So, before crossing the border we got a storage unit and left everything in it but our day trip stuff. We have been traveling with an electronics kit, work stuff, a sequenced strobe light and leftover nuts from The Bulk Barn. These are things which would require a long explanation, if the car were stopped. But they are perfectly normal things to have in the trunk when you’re me.
We needed to get back to Buffalo before the storage unit office closed, so we skipped visiting the “Steam Technology Museum” and got across the border after a bit of a wait.
Next, we drove around taking photos of beautiful downtown Buffalo. And then J started saying, “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo!” According to Wikipedia, this is actually a “grammatically valid sentence…” According to me, it’s probably the whole reason J planned the route through this town! He has really been looking forward to saying this sentence (over and over again), while in Buffalo!
The floating bed
While looking for a canal lock, we found a bed with night stand and lamp that was floating in the water. It was quite unexpected and quite tempting! Oh, if it had been within leaping distance, I could’ve taken a nap… although the original artist’s intent was probably to inspire, it made me sleepy. I was so tired I didn’t even bring my camera!
Later, we explored the Naval Park and the submarine. Can you imagine how the heck they got a real submarine into the lake? It must have come through the Erie Canal. It certainly came a long way.
While trying to leave Buffalo, I may or may not have driven along some street car tracks (yes! Buffalo has street cars, too!) and off what may or may not have been a curb. The area was quite confusing and I was still dreaming of napping in a floating water bed!
We made it to Erie, PA after driving for miles in the pouring rain. By the time we got to the motel, I was too tired to think about leaving the room for dinner, so we made grilled sandwiches that ended in disaster and that was day 27.
- Our delightful Canadian hosts only had one rule, “Don’t make eye contact with any raccoons in the street!”
- Buffalo is “The Birthplace of the Grain Elevator” and where “Off beat Cinema” was produced.
- Missed opportunity: eating at the Quaker Steak & Lube… a restaurant & oil change place?
- Saw 2 nuns on the toll road, headed for Chicago ala Blues Brothers (the movie)
- We stopped at the mythical “walkway bridge type travel plaza!” Where you can walk over the highway to the plaza on the other side!