October

October is traditionally a time of great reflection and new beginnings for me.

Earlier in life, it was the time that the new school year stopped seeming quite so new, when the weather got nice, and when it was time for the fair–which always made me feel like a kid again, long after I’d stopped really being one. It was when I moved to Charlotte in 1986 and San Francisco in 1992, and it was when I began my career as a librarian in 2009. It was in October that I first met the love of my life in 2001 (and October again nine years later when that relationship really began to break down in earnest). And October has always been my favorite time of year to travel.

Now I’m starting my forty-eighth October. The weather has been lovely and the school year is once again becoming less new. I stopped going to the fair after the last three or four times because it doesn’t make me feel like a kid anymore. I’m not moving this year, but I’m starting my third year in this new career and doing quite well with it. And I’m alone again, which may be best for everyone involved–but that doesn’t make it any easier.

As in so many Octobers past, I’m also about to be traveling and pondering the future on a far away highway. I’m probably expecting too much from a simple road trip, but this one is extremely important to me. I need some time to be alone outside my everyday environment. I need to remember that there’s a world outside my little protective cocoon of home, work, and the highway connecting the two. I need to think about what that world means to me, about what my place in it might be, and about how I might proceed in order to get rolling on the next phase of my life. I need to get back in touch with me as an individual (rather than “me as a son” or “me as an ex-husband”) and what is important to my own happiness. I need to stop thinking so much about where I’ve been and start thinking about where I’m going.

And I need something…anything…that makes me feel like a kid again.

October II

I think what I was getting at is that I need to remember how to be a contented single person and to learn to like myself again. I used to do that really well. Without ignoring the fact that being married changed my outlook in many ways–most of them for the better–I need to remember that I did pretty fucking well on my own too. I was once happily, gloriously, and unapologetically single. In fact, I think that independence used to be one of the more appealing aspects of my personality, and ironically enough may have been what attracted Mark to me in the first place.

I need to get that independence and sense of individuality back and focus on what’s good about me rather than following the easy option of blaming all my problems on outside influences. Yes, a lot of sucky stuff has happened to me in the past year. Boo hoo. Whining about it will not change a bloody thing for me. Blaming my parents for getting old and sick and cranky and blaming my ex for not wanting our lives to continue according to plan does not one single thing to improve my life. It just allows me to make excuses for my own unhappiness and to harbor resentments against very good people who love me and have on the whole treated me very well even when behaving in ways I sometimes didn’t like.

As I was saying to a friend at dinner tonight, I really used to enjoy my own company. I don’t find myself very pleasant to be around anymore, and I imagine I’m not the only one. And I want that to change. I’m hoping spending some quality time with myself in a different environment will be sort of a reboot and that I may even learn how to have fun with myself again. I am someone who needs very much to enjoy my own company before I can even begin to think much about enjoying the company of others.

I hope It will work. I think it will. And even if not, I’ll get to shop at Loblaw’s a lot. That’s always fun, anyway…

We gather together…

Only one more day till I shuffle off to Buffalo. Or maybe Pittsburgh, depending on how much sleep I get, how late I leave, and how much driving I feel like doing the first day. It just hits me that my Monday arrival in Canada coincides with Thanksgiving Day. I wonder if that means more traffic or less on the QEW. And how much of the country will be closed for the occasion?

 

Stupid bee

We’ve already established that I was an indoorsy, bookish sort of child. I didn’t play outside any more than was absolutely required by my keepers. Thus I never had to deal much with bee stings and the like. In fact, tonight’s was maybe my second or third ever.

It happened as I was changing the lightbulb in the porch light. Just as I pulled off the cover, I felt the intense pain. It took a second to sink in and then I yelled “shit” really loudly so all the neighbors could hear. After that, I ran into the house and grabbed the iPad to Google what the fuck I was supposed to do–which provided surprisingly inaccurate results, several of which just led to the Target Pharmacy website.

Anyhow, I determined that there seemed to be no stinger to remove (which is good since I had no idea how the hell I was supposed to remove it) and I took an illicit Ibuprofen and a Benadryl. Eventually the spot cooled down, and the pain was gone after a few minutes. My left hand feels a little sensitive still, though.

The point behind all this is that the Internet has probably been the salvation of many a helpless, clueless geek such as myself in similarly ridiculous and basically nonthreatening situations. The other point is that I still hate the great outdoors and always will, and I’m increasingly anxious for the day that I will no longer have even so small a piece of it as a yard.

Day 1: Winston Salem to Cleveland

Stats:

Odometer start: 12657

Gas:

  • Wytheville VA ($3.13/gallon)
  • Cambridge OH ($3.25/gallon, 8.3 gallons, 267.8 miles)

Dinner: Number 1 combo at White Castle, Canton OH ($5.31).

Sleep: Red Roof Inn, Middleburg Heights

Notes:

Mostly a driving day.Decided at the last minute to drive to Buffalo via Cleveland rather than Pittsburgh. I hear Cleveland rocks. We’ll see.

Left the house at 10:49 and was out of Winston by 11:30. Stopped for gas in Wytheville VA and got a drink just north of Charleston WV. Made a Kroger run in Ripley WV. Stopped at a rest area/welcome center just inside Ohio. More gas in Cambridge OH, plus a stop at Riesbeck’s supermarket. Dinner at White Castle in Canton OH. Arrived at the Red Roof Inn in Middleburg Heights (outside Cleveland) about 8:30. Made a quick run to Marc’s supermarket, Giant Eagle, and Get-go.

The wi-fi really sucks here and the TV remote doesn’t work. It was surprisingly warm today. Radio was bad.

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Day 2: Cleveland to Buffalo

Stats:

Odometer start: 13140

Gas:

  • Middleburg Heights OH ($3.19/gallon, 4.2 gallons, 129.4 miles)
  • Erie PA ($3.33/gallon, 3.6 gallons, 123.0 miles)

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Southside Diner, Parma OH. Crazy 8’s (pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon) and iced tea. $7.84.
  • Lunch: Burger King, Hamburg NY. Number 12 combo (double cheeseburger, fries, and Diet Coke). About $4.35.
  • Dinner: Steak dinner at Sarah and Brad’s.

Sleep: Sarah and Brad’s house.

Notes:

Out at 8:59 AM. Had breakfast, drove into Cleveland via Pearl Road, went through downtown, and then headed toward Buffalo. Stopped by Eat’nPark on the way out to pick up Smiley Cookies for Sarah and Brad. Arrived at their house about 2:30. Went out exploring and shopping with Sarah to Best Buy (bough a new video camera that I’m going to take back tomorrow because it’s not H.264 or full HD) and Wegman’s. Sarah and Brad made dinner tonight. Great seeing them. I had a little trouble getting to sleep due to heat and allergy flare-ups.

I sense a Cleveland road trip in my future.

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Day 3: Buffalo and environs

Stats:

Did not drive.

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Toast and coffee at Sarah and Brad’s.
  • Lunch: Schwabl’s in West Seneca. Beef on Weck with fries, pickled beets, water. $27.68 for two.
  • Dinner: Takeout white pizza and wings from Edie’s in Hamburg.

Sleep: Sarah and Brad’s house.

Notes:

Sarah and I headed to Best Buy to exchange the video camera (replace with a Samsung H300) and then ventured to West Seneca for lunch. After lunch, we made our way into Buffalo proper and drove around downtown, Elmwood, and North Buffalo, among other places. There are some really nice neighborhoods in Buffalo, not to mention parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. I thought I’d like it here and I was right. We walked around downtown a bit and then came home around 6:30 for some very good takeout pizza.

It was really warm all day. Called my parents tonight. Allergy issues all day so I dosed on Benadryl.

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Day 4: Buffalo to Toronto

Stats:

Odometer start: 13354

Gas:

  • Tops, Hamburg NY ($3.63/gallon, 3.2 gallons, 86.1 miles)

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Peg’s Place, Hamburg NY. French toast, sausage, 2 eggs scrambled, iced tea. $19.41 for two.
  • Lunch: Tim Horton’s, St. Catherines ON. BLT and donut combo, 7-Up. About $7.
  • Dinner: The Tulip, Toronto. Turkey dinner, carrots, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, pumpkin pie. About $20.

Sleep: Grange Hotel, Toronto.

Notes:

Breakfast with Sarah at an old Howard Johnson’s that’s now called Peg’s Place. Drove around a bit more and then came home, said goodbye to Sarah and Brad and the puppies, and headed out.

The camcorder I bought yesterday was defective (it wouldn’t focus) so I traded it in for the same model. Much better.

Crossed into Canada about 1:30. No real trouble at the border but I had to go inside to the immigration desk due to my permanent resident visa and answer several questions that were not really all that much more intense than the usual border set. Entered with no problems and headed into Fort Erie searching (unsuccessfully) for an HSBC branch to get money. Finally found one in St Catherine’s, where I also had a predictably uninspiring lunch at Tim Horton’s.

I get so squishy excited when I’m driving into Canada listening to Jazz.FM or CBC Radio. Arrived in Toronto about 4:30 and checked in at the Grange Hotel. Room small and spartan and not as fresh-smelling as it could be, but it’s fine and clean and has cable. The location is amazing. Walked around the Annex in the early evening looking for Thanksgiving dinner and finding none. Went for a drive after knowing I’d find turkey at the Tulip in Leslieville (where Mark and I ate our first night in Toronto in 2006) and I was right. There were many assorted homos and hipsters there having their holiday meals. Most of the city seemed closed for the holiday.

CBC News, Family Guy, email, and bed afterward.

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Day 5: Toronto

Stats:

Didn’t drive. TTC Day Pass ($10.00).

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Pumpernickel’s, Toronto. Power Up breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled, sausage, bacon, potatoes, fruit, toast, Diet Coke. $8.30.
  • Lunch: Messini, Tornoto. Pork gyro, Diet Coke, water. $7.35.
  • Dinner: India Palace, Toronto. Dinner special: Samosa, butter chicken, rice, aloo gobhi masala, naan, gulbjamun. $14.64.

Sleep: Grange Hotel, Toronto.

Notes:

Walked and did transit all day. Walked Queen Street to Yonge, up and down Yonge (breakfast off Dundas Square), over to Church, and upto Bloor. Took subway to Danforth and Woodbine. Walked to Coxwell. Subway to Pape. Had lunch at a place in Greektown. Walked to Broadview. Subway to Yonge and then to Union Station in search of the TTC Shop (which no longer exists). Walked around Union Station. Took subway to University and Spadina and walked through Chinatown back to the hotel.

Showered and rested my feet for a while and then headed back out about 4:30. Walked around Kensington Market (and did a self-portrait with the Al Waxman statue in the park), then took the Spandina streetcar to Bloor and walked around the Annex. Subway to Yonge and Dundas to shoot twilight video. Walked around downtown some more and found the HSBC branch to replenish my cash. Took Queen Street streetcar to dinner and back to the hotel. Had a great and relatively cheap Indian dinner at India Palace. Called mom and dad. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.

Toronto transit is so wonderful. It’s fast, dependable, and behaves pretty much exactly as you expect it to (unlike most transit systems).

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Day 6: Toronto and environs

Stats:

Odometer start: 13518

Meals:

  • Breakfast: McDonald’s, Toronto. Number 2 meal: Sausage McMuffin, hash browns, Diet Coke. $5.41.
  • Lunch: Café Hesed, Newmarket. Crispy fish lunch special with rice, salad, Fresca. $7.90.
  • Dinner: Smiley’s. Pork souvlaki dinner with Greek salad, rice, potatoes, water. $13.50.

Sleep: Grange Hotel, Toronto.

Notes:

Rained most of the day so I planned this as my “Car and suburbs” day. Went on the obligatory Walmart run in the morning (St. Clair West) and had breakfast in the attached McDonald’s. Drove back in via Eglinton, then north on Yonge all the way to Newmarket. Hit several stores (photos later on Groceteria) and had a surprisingly good and cheap lunch in a little Chinese-owned café in downtown Newmarket. Drove back in on the 400 on the 407 to Dufferin, with several stops.

Made another long drive too close to rush hour in search of dinner. Ended up far east on Danforth at a Greek diner full of really loudmouthed, obnoxious locals (the Canadian equivalent of rednecks, I guess). The restaurant was a great holdover from the 1970s and I heard both Chilliwack and Saga on the radio while eating. It was sort of like being in a bad 1985 America movie set in Canada.

Came home and watched two shows on HGTV that aren’t on the American version and I realized my chafing from yesterday’s really long walk(s) was in bad shape, so I headed to Shoppers Drug Mart at 11:30 for ointment and band-aids.

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Day 7: Toronto

Stats:

Odometer start: 13628

TTC Day Pass ($10.00).

Gas:

  • Esso, Lakeshore. ($1.244/litre, 39.2 litres)

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Gladstone Cafe. Ham, egg, and cheese bagel and maple donut. About $6.00.
  • Lunch: Ethiopiques. Vegetarian platter, water. $9.04.
  • Dinner: Studio Restaurant. Banquet burger, fries, salad, Sprite. $13.40.

Sleep: Grange Hotel, Toronto.

Notes:

Rain threatened but never really arrived. Drove to breakfast at the Gladstone Café and then did a little Lakeshore drive and came back to the hotel via Bathurst. Decided to risk the dampness and left the car at the hotel, opting for foot and transit the rest of the day. Walked downtown, took the King Street streetcar to Broadview and the Dundas back to Church. Had lunch at a  great Ethiopian place at Church and Dundas. Walked back downtown, bought a memory card at Henry’s and took the King Street streetcar all the way to Jameson. Came back to hotel on the Queen Street car and shot video all the way.

Later on, took the Dundas streetcar to Yonge and then the subway to Wellesley. Had dinner at the Studio Restaurant on Church (which I’d seen on Tuesday). It was a strangely surreal 1960s sort of place. The patrons were me, what I presumed to be a very old gay male couple, and two sweet little old ladies in hats, one of whom was apparently a man dressed as a sweet little old lady in a hat. I loved the place.

Wandered down into the homohood and even briefly into a bar, which reminded me why I no longer go to queer bars. The rain started again on my way home.

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Day 8: Toronto

Stats:

Odometer start: 13643

Meals:

  • Breakfast: McDonald’s at Spadina and Queen. Sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit combo with hash browns and Diet Coke. About $5.00.
  • Lunch: Wendy’s. Number 1 Single Cheeseburger combo with fries and Fresca. $7.22.
  • Dinner: PizzaIolo. Pepperoni slices. About $8.00.

Sleep: Grange Hotel, Toronto.

Notes:

My day for eating crappy food because it’s quick and cheap and easy, and for generally being geeky. Quick breakfast at the McDonald’s near my hotel–which is pretty much the only breakfast in the immediate vicinity. Drove downtown to the CBC Broadcast Centre and museum and picked up some stuff in the gift shop. The drove north on Spadina, west on Dupont, north on Weston to Jane, and east on Shepperd. Shot several stores for Groceteria.

Visited the library in North York for several hours to do Groceteria research. Quick lunch across the street at Wendy’s. Back at the library, had to use microfilm, which was really frustrating and gave me inconsistent results. I was only able to research 1950-1980 and even that was a bit spotty. The parking was unexpectedly expensive and it never really rained today as predicted. I kind of wish I’d done walking and transit and skipped the library.

Drove home via Yonge and College. Did some laundry and walked to a pizza place on Queen Street for takeout slices that I ate with my Loblaw’s diet grapefruit soda back at the hotel. Packed a bit. Off to Ottawa tomorrow.

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Day 9: Toronto to Ottawa

Stats:

Odometer start: 13682

Gas:

Meals:

Sleep: WelcomINNS, Ottawa.

Notes:

Checked out of hotel about 9:15. Drove out via Queen Street East and Kingston Road. Stopped for breakfast in Leslieville. Took Kingston Road as far as Pickering, looking at the closest thing Toronto has to an American 1950s roadside strip. Got on the 401 for the rest of the trip but made detours through Oshawa, Belleville, and Kingston. On recommendation of my friend in Ottawa, I had lunch at the 10 Acre Truck Stop in Belleville, but there was a limited menu due to kitchen construction. Still good but horribly pricey.

Southern Ontario in general is pretty monotonous but Kingston was really nice–if a bit cold and damp. I walked around a bit downtown and hit a couple of bookstores. There was wind and rain most of the way to Ottawa. And really good radio. The wind was especially intense after I moved from the 401 to the 416. the radio got better too; I hit this 1980s alt-rock show that actually included stuff I didn’t recognize. On a  commercial station, yet. Once inside Ottawa, I found this station too, and was hooked.

My room in Ottawa is really nice: 7th floor with a couch and a desk and a really good shower. Its odd that they have Detroit stations rather than Buffalo on cable TV here. Ventured out for a quick drive and takeout dinner from a Lebanese place on St. Laurent Blvd. Called Robin, my Ottawa friend, and also called Mom and Dad

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Day 10: Ottawa and environs

Stats:

Odometer start: 14009

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Free at the hotel. Muffin and coffee.
  • Lunch: La Patate Dorée, Gatineau. Hamburger, poutine, orange drink. $17.48 for two.
  • Dinner: Uncle Louis Restaurant. Baked spaghetti, water. $11.25

Sleep: WelcomINNS, Ottawa.

Notes:

Ventured out about 10AM after an uninspiring hotel breakfast. Picked up Robin at 10:45. We’d never met in person but knew each other because he’d been one of the first people ever to interview me about this website back in 1996. It was good to meet in person after fifteen years. We drove around Ottawa and Gatineau, stopping for a long walk downtown in the vicinity of the Byward Market, the Mint, and the National Gallery of Canada. Had lunch at a poutine place in Gatineau. I’ve done poutine now and I’m glad, although I have no significant need to do it again anytime soon. The curds were sort of off-putting, especially when it all got cold.

We also walked around the Canadian War Museum, primarily its roof–which is planted to resemble a battlefield and offers great views–and on Victoria Island, which is a pretty wonderful photo opportunity too. Later in the afternoon, we stumbled into the possibility of a tour of Rideau Hall, residence of the governor general, which was really quite interesting. I dropped Robin off, headed back to the hotel, and took another drive downtown and out Carling Avenue in the evening before landing at Uncle Louis Restaurant right by my hotel for a late dinner.

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Day 11: Ottawa and environs

Stats:

Odometer start: 14092

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Fontenelle Restaurant. Two eggs scrambled, sausages, potatoes, “brown” toast, coffee. $6.75.
  • Lunch: The Extreme Pita. Chicken shawarma takeout. About $6.00.
  • Dinner: Burger King. Chicken sandwich, small fries, takeout. $7.09.

Sleep: WelcomINNS, Ottawa.

Notes:

Left the hotel about 9:20. There was warning icon on the dashboard; it was an exclamation point, which was no bloody help at all. Fortunately my mom had left the manual in the car and I was able to determine that ! = “low tires”. Filled up the tires at the nearby Petro-Canada and headed off to breakfast at Fontenelle, which apparently opened about fifty years ago and has never been remodeled. This was probably the cheapest breakfast I’ve had in Canada and it was really good.

Drove around Vanier and then around Gatineau this morning. Stopped in several stores, tried to converse in French with mixed success, and bought Mom some birthday presents. The rain came back this afternoon, so about 3:00, I grabbed a bus to downtown Ottawa and put in about three hours at the library doing Groceteria stuff.

Called Mom tonight for her birthday, then went for an evening drive. Mostly downtown, up Bank Street, and around Rideau Street in Vanier. Weary of looking for new and exciting places, I landed at Burger King for dinner. Came home and watched a bit of HGTV on its home turf, Global news, etc., and read my newspapers. Did some packing as I’m staying at Robin’s house tomorrow night.

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Day 12: Ottawa

Stats:

Odometer start: 14164

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Free at the hotel. Muffin, boiled egg, and coffee.
  • Lunch: Continental Bagel at ByWard Market. Montreal smoked meat on bagel with Swiss cheese, Diet Coke. $9.00
  • Dinner: Bombay Garden. Butter chicken, mixed vegetables, crepe/potato dish whose name I forget, dessert. I didn’t pay.

Notes:

Checked out of the hotel about 10AM and drove around Ottawa most of the day. I was on foot downtown for a couple of hours too, by Parliament, etc. and in the ByWard Market. Had lunch there and determined that Montreal smoked meat is a very acceptable substitute for pastrami. Shot many stores for Groceteria. Major routes traveled were Rideau Street, Bank Street, Carling Avenue, and Wellington Street/Richmond Road. Ottawa is a pretty interesting place with some very explorable neighborhoods.

Met up with Robin about 6:30. We had dinner at a rather amazing Indian place (Bombay Palace) where he knows the owners. Great food, great place. We came home afterward and watched The Poseidon Adventure and some random TV. Got to bed about 1:00 and slept really well, but I had strange dreams all night. I realized when I woke up that I’d been hearing migrating geese all night through the open window and just barely audible through my earplugs. That amused me.

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Day 13: Ottawa to Schenectady

Stats:

Odometer start: 14218

Gas:

  • Esso, Ottawa. $1.24/litre. Bought $20.00 worth to get me back to the US.
  • Sunoco, Ogdensburg NY. $3.56/gallon. 12.4 gallons.

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Ada’s Diner, Ottawa. Two eggs scrambled, pea-meal bacon, potatoes, “brown toast”, coffee. $8.99.
  • Lunch: Jumbo’s Diner, Gouverneur NY. Pulled pork sandwich, fries, water, coconut cream pie. $8.23.
  • Dinner: Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Schenectady. Meat loaf, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad. Duncan bought.

Notes:

Drove around Ottawa a bit with Robin this morning before dropping him off at work. On his recommendation, had breakfast at Ada’s Diner on Bank Street (good call). Got gas nearby to tide me over until I re-entered the US (where it’s more than a dollar a gallon cheaper) and then headed out of Ottawa. Made one last Canadian grocery run in Prescott and crossed the border. No problems at the crossing. The nice little old lady at the border started talking about “Carolina blue” when I told her where I worked. Didn’t have the heart to tell her I worked at a different campus.

Gas in Ogdensburg and then I headed toward Schenectady on NY 812 and NY 12 through Gouverneur and Lowville. Got on the Thruway at Utica and arrived at Duncan and Rick’s house about 6:15. We went to dinner and then to the brand new Shop-Rite and drove around downtown a bit. Came home and watched “Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family.”

My phone is really on its last legs. I’m having to do a hard reboot every time I use the camera or Shazam. Hope it holds till I get home.

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Day 14: Schenectady and environs

Stats:

Didn’t drive all day.

Meals:

Notes:

Breakfast with Rick at Broadway Diner. We drove around Albany, Troy, and Watervliet among other places. Visited an interesting architectural salvage place where I considered (for about three seconds) buying a “Walk/Don’t Walk” sign. Hung out at home this afternoon. Pizza with Duncan and Rick tonight. A very pleasantly restful day. Really good to see Duncan and Rick.

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Day 15: Schenectady and home

Stats:

Odometer start: 14520
Odometer end: 15248

Gas:

  • Shell, West Asbury NY. $3.31/gallon, 13.33 gallons, 428.5 miles.
  • Hess, Raphine VA. $3.29/gallon, 10.4 gallons, 341.8 miles.

Meals:

  • Breakfast: Peter Pause Restaurant, Schenectady. Three eggs scrambled, sausage patty, home fries, Italian toast, coffee. $7.25.
  • Lunch: Roy Rogers, Ruby NY. Double R Bar Burger, fries, Diet Coke. $9.02.
  • Dinner: No. 1 Chinese Kitchen, Hagerstown MD. General Tso’s Chicken, rice, egg roll, fruit punch. $9.26.

Notes:

Breakfast at the Peter Pause Restaurant. I’ve been wanting to eat here since the first time I came to visit Duncan and Rick; it’s a very tiny 1950s diner in a 1920s house. Great place. I drove around a bit in Albany and Schenectady and then hit the road. Somewhere in New Jersey, I decided to drive it all in one day. It was, needless to say, a very long drive. Didn’t see much exciting stuff. Had lunch at a rest area Ry Rogers and dinner at a Chinese takeout place in a strip mall in Hagerstown. Rolled into my garage about 1:00 in the morning.

It was a great trip.

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