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Day 31 (10.2.07) - From Buffalo to Syracuse

Finally got back on the road, but took the scenic route part of the way of course

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Starting Mileage: 114665
Ending Mileage: 114850
Weather: Rain & Overcast, Mid 60's

Having spent so much time in the Buffalo area, we really needed to make some tracks today. However, we still had to spend some time on the 'scenic' route, so stayed along the Lake Onterio shore until we got to Rochester. Along that route, we saw another NY State Park called "Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse", which sounded interesting. We didn't spend very much time there, but it was interesting. The lighthouse was closed, but the park is open year round and you can stay in the Lighthouse if you have a mind to:

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We also continued to pass agricultural areas, especially apple orchards. At one point, we finally gave in and stopped at one of the fruit stands that often crop up in farm areas with tourist appeal - The Brown Family Farm. The family patriarch died after purchasing 100 acres here in 1804 - but his widow and 7 sons and 5 daughters kept the farm and their decendants still own/run it. A plaque states that in 1813, the widow Brown organized local farmers to run a British Captain & troups out of the area.

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I pulled over in a small town just west of Rochester to mail some postcards and packages home and saw these two homes across the street. They are pretty good examples of some of the architecture we were seeing in New York - a good mixture of wood homes and brick or stone homes. The houses are generally larger than I would have expected, given the difficulty and cost of heating in the winter.

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In Rochester, I had to take care of some business for Dad's estate - so looked up "Office Depot" on the laptop. Then Mom & I started getting lost a little bit trying to navigate - so I finally broke down and tried to use the GPS navigation software. This is really cool - you just type in an address and the program talks to you - "Turn Left just ahead", etc. It got us back on the road and to the store without hitch. "Office Depot" not only was able to print the document I needed to sign, they took care of the overnight package. I was also able to pick up a new printer cable (which I had lost), so I can start printing stuff for Mom's non internet friends.

Then I thought I'd try the GPS software to find the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY - about 90 miles further. Unfortunately, I failed to note that the 1st museum I was looking for was in Lockport, not Syracuse. The software worked great and guided us to the address I typed in - since I used the wrong city however, the location wasn't what I was expecting. Fortunately there is a second Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, so I typed in that address and it turned out to be just around the corner.

The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse is on Erie Boulevard - which used to be the Canal. The Canal was rebuilt twice after it was initially dug - the second rebuild ending in 1918 also rerouted major portions. At that point, the Syracuse leg was filled in, so Erie Canal became Erie Boulevard.

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The Museum building is the old "WeighLock", built in 1850. It had a Lock to isolate a barge, drain the water, and weigh it in order to assess tolls. This is the only surviving weighlock building in the world

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The Museum is pretty nice however, it has a full size replica of a canal barge an a lot of useful information about the canal.

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Boys called "Hoggee's" drove the mule teams the pulled the barges along "Towroads" that paralleled the canal. Some of the exhibits were being redone while we visited, but we enjoyed the ones that were open.

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After the Museum, we were a little too tired to get back on the turnpike so I decide to lookup a Wal-mart and save a little on camping fee's (might have been due to spending too much at the Museum gift shop, as usual). The GPS software, CoPilot, got us there without a problem (it helps if you type in the correct city name). Right next to Wal-mart is a Toyota dealership - so I'll have the rig serviced before we head out in the morning.

Posted by jl98584 20:41 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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I love the hat...I also liked the falls...You guys look like your having a great time.
Beautiful pics....

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