I Loved Highway I86

Trip Start Jun 18, 2012
Trip End Jun 23, 2012

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Where I stayed
Grand Royale Hotel Binghamton
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Bloome County Buildings

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I chose Binghamton, NY because it was on highway 86 before I got to the little road of 17.  I thought I would sleep so I could meet Michelle somewhat refreshed and wanted to travel close to her so I could be there in the morning.  Binghamton touted a hotel that was in a converted municipal building.  I thought it was wonderful to save the  building.  

I called Michelle to tell her where I was, and she threatened to take a bus to get to me since she was not a fan of delayed gratification.  I assured her I needed to sleep, and that's what I did.  I got up early to take pictures of Binghamton's County Buildings.  They were impressive.  There are a lot of statues to commemorate wars and veterans and Christopher Columbus.  Garden landscaping with guns and cannon balls was particularly effective.

The drive through the Allegany Mountains had been spectacular.  The elevation was 2110 feet, and it was breathtaking to travel mountains with so many trees and rivers.  I was over-the-top enthusiastic about the first New York rest stop I hit, which happened to be on Lake Chatauqua. What a beautiful rest stop!!!  What a view.  

There was a wrecked car at the rest stop with two guys sleeping in it.  I moved my car away from them when the tow truck arrived.  I heard some choice blue language as the two young men were dressed down by their boss who was yelling about destroying a company car.  I got a map of New York which I figured would be good because I would soon be looking for Hurleyville which wasn't on my other maps. 

I got other brochures so Kathleen and I could design a trip in the future.  It is just so darn pretty on this side of New York.  I passed Jamestown without stopping at the Lucy and Desi museum.  Who knew Lucille Ball came from a town in New York called Jamestown and that I would pass by it?
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