Saturday, June 16, 2018

Erie Canal Tour Day 0 - Getting to Buffalo

And we are ready to begin! High in our fancy hotel overlooking a deserted JC Penny parking lot outside of Buffalo NY. 

This is across the street from Cabela's, so we can do some last minute supply shopping and looking at dead animals.

It was a project to get here. We loaded up the truck and drove to Albany, NY.

We stayed at the Motel 6 in Harrisburg, PA on the way to break up the long drive. The 6 was a perfectly good 6, $53. Win win win. Breakfast across the road at John's Diner, which was also a win.

Lunch at Tino's Pizza in Oneonta, NY. Hit the spot.

And at last, we make it to the Rensselaer, NY Amtrak station across from Albany. We took the train from Albany to Buffalo, and we are going to ride back.

It is super easy to bring your bikes on the train these days. You take the panniers off, hand the bikes to the conductor, he hangs them in the baggage car. When you get to your destination, he unloads them, you but the panniers back on, and ride away.

The train ride was 5 hours, from 7:00 pm to midnight. We visited the cafe car for snacks. Gin and tonic from a can is vile. Don't do it.

The train ride goes past the boy's bedtime.

It was a quick two mile, after midnight ride to the hotel, where we were in bed by 1:00 am.

Things are looking great for the upcoming week. The weather is looking perfect.

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