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Corfu, New York
The Great Lakes Tour
Day 2 - Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Austinburg, Ohio

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The Navigator and I sacked in real good this morning. The cool weather is very conducive to sleeping. I finally got up about 9:30 (for shame!) and The Navigator finally stirred about 10.

Today was a frustrating day. I had planned to go see Niagara Falls. And we went there, a new experience for me. They charge $8.00 to park, but that's the only fee.

We saw Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls and, if we had wanted to go to Canada, we could have seen the American Falls. I looked and looked but never found Niagara Falls. Maybe it's a hoax?

I was sort of surprised at the international flavor of Niagara Falls. Using The Navigator as bait (one of his fav things :), I spoke with folks from Finland, Japan, Russia, Egypt, India, England and Brazil. Fascinating!

More in the pix below.

A word about gasoline prices. I found this interesting, Maybe you will, too.

If you look at the Stats for this trip, you'll see I paid 3.45 in Rock Hill, SC. That's the cheapest I've seen or paid so far. The highest price I've seen was 4.23 in New York. Fortunately, I didn't need gas then. Although I paid 3.95 in Pulaski, NY.

So, we're motoring along today, trying to get over the disappointment of not being able to find Niagara Falls and the gas prices are running between 4.01 and 4.05. Then I saw a station that had gas for 3.61. I about wrecked the truck pulling across the highway and into the station. The was a sign on the pump that said, "Wait for attendant." A minute or so later this young fellow comes over and starts opening the gas cap on the truck. I said, "Do you pump he gas?" He said yes. I asked, "And how much extra does that cost?" He said nothing. He proceeds to pump the gas and I feel like I'm in some kind of crazy time machine.

We got into a conversation and I asked about the low price. He said it was because the gas station is on the Seneca Indian Reservation and the station pays no Federal taxes. Wow! The gas just up the street was 4.01. Here it is 3.61. So that's $.40 in taxes. Wow!

Tonight we're camped in a Flying J in Austinburg, OH. So far we have visited Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. We'll probably make the western end of Lake Erie by tomorrow night.

Quote For Today

Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic. You need 10 years before you can even call yourself a beginner. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Questions and answers about Australian tourism
Background information is here

From Sweden:
Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks?

A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

From the USA:
Q: Which direction is North in Australia?

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

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Here it is folks. The world famous Niagara Falls. Awesome!! Oops, I'm sorry. The Navigator tells me that previous pic was of Bridal Veil Falls. Anyway, this interesting building is on the Canadian side of the river. If you know the name of the building, drop me an email. First right answer wins a genuine sample of bottled Ohio air. Another wider shot of Bridal Veil Falls.
Horseshoe Falls. Notice the mist. So dense you can hardly see the falls. The treehuggers claim the mist was minimal until the greedy Canadians built a bunch of tall casino/hotels above the river and changed the wind flow. Un-huh. See previous pic. How may windmills do you see in this pic? T.Boone Pickens is running ads on the radio claiming we can put enough windmills on the great plains to supply 20% of our electricity needs and then we can all convert our cars to run on natural gas. I bet I've heard that commercial 20 times over the last four days. Uh-huh.
Pretty geese... ... and their not-so-pretty aftermath. Now this is a very rare case. I'm proud to bring you photographic proof of a town having an identity crisis.
A sign for June. Sorry the pic is lousy. I was shooting into the sun.
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June in SC passes along five more amazing sentence completion exercises by fifth graders:

Don't change horses... until they stop running.

Strike while the... bug is close.

It's always darkest before... Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of... termites.

You can lead a horse to water but... how?

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From Dorothy in SC, an awesome "Never mess with Mom" story:

Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her excitement-not even her parents' nasty divorce.

Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear and would be the best dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's new young wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother!

Jennifer asked her step mom to exchange it, but she refused. "Absolutely not. I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I'm wearing it," she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, "Never mind sweetheart. I'll get another dress. After all, it's your special day."

A few days later, they went shopping and did find another gorgeous dress. When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, "Aren't you going to return the other dress? You really don't have another occasion where you could wear it.

Her mother just smiled and replied, "Of course I do, dear. I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding."

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