Gentlemen, Start your engines...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This morning was the coolest one we have woken up to on this trip so far…in the high 50's with the wind out of the North. CHILLY! Yay!! Today was definitely a jeans kind of day because we could see folks out and about in the campground in sweats…brisk at 61 degrees as we left camp! We had an easy job of unhooking as we were only tethered to the electric, which is almost like a freebie as far as effort involved is concerned. We pulled out of camp at 9:20 after a very relaxing breakfast and the obligatory cup of coffee.

I did get a little jazzed as one of my nephews from California started my morning off (BEFORE coffee!!) with questions about the history of my (Pat’s) Daddy’s family in Georgia. This took a little bit of digging back into the old mental memory bank on my part, but I think I gave him enough to keep him occupied for a little while at least. It brings back some good memories to go back in time like that. Thanks Matt!

As we were pulling out of camp, we could hear race cars in the distance which was the first time it had really occurred to us that we were that close to Watkins Glen International Speedway. Rather than head directly to the village of Watkins Glen as we had first intended, we instead put Geeps (our GPS…we name everything!) on track to the speedway, and we were off and running! As it turns out, any day that there are not scheduled races or scheduled clean ups after events at the track, a local club can invite (for pay) folks that want to learn how to drive race cars. For $125/hour an instructor (in YOUR car) will ride with you around and around the track teaching you racing skills. We could get in free and go in one of the Grandstands and watch the proceedings which actually was kind of fun. We watched for about 30 minutes until the cool weather and pending shower sent us on our way to Watkins Glen. Fun.

We understand that Watkins Glen was America’s first road racing venue. When road racing was first started there in the late 40’s, the style of racing was more European in that the course was through the town of Watkins Glen, on country roads. There are many concrete plaques inserted in the sidewalks of downtown Watkins Glen with famous racing names and their accomplishments. The now racetrack was built quite a few years later after several people (including some children) were killed when one of the cars coming through town lost control and ran into the crowd.

While we were in the village of Watkins Glen, we walked around town for a block or so just taking in the ambiance. As we were leaving (this all of you who know us are going to be STUNNED to find out) John met a man who also was a talker, and they had a very interesting (and somewhat elongated) conversation. Actually, the gentleman was most interesting to talk to. He worked for one of the telephone companies in the technical end for his career and while he was employed there, he invented and patented a device that we have all seen—the triangular shaped objects that are on electrical lines all over the place that John and I had always assumed had to do with keeping snow off of the lines in bad weather. Instead, they help to prevent the harmonic effect that wind has on long electrical and telephone lines. The gentleman is also an artist and painter. It is truly amazing what stories that all of us have…we are not just old fogies, everyone actually had had interesting and different lives if we just take the time to ask questions and listen to what we are told.

We left Watkins Glen at 11:45 heading around the top part of Seneca Lake. What a lovely drive. We were amazed at the number of small vineyards as we traveled…each one uniquely different. The vineyard that we stopped at is Hector Winery and we had a nice visit with the assistant wine maker, Alexandra, and tasted a couple of wines. The best part of that visit was the HUGE dog (Luna) that greeted us as we came in the door. Barb and Len—we think she would be a perfect match for Ozark! As we were leaving there we asked for a recommendation for a good place to eat and it didn’t take Alexandra but a second to send us to Stonedcat Café about two miles back down the road.

What a wonderful meal we had—probably the best one on the whole trip so far. They serve all fresh, locally grown, mostly organic foods. We had barbeque (who knew someone not from the south could make such good barbeque!) and a fancy brisket sandwich. You must understand that we made it a rule several years ago to NEVER buy brisket anyplace but Texas but the waitress assured us the brisket was beyond good. Well this was a brisket that broke all the rules. Fantabulous! The sandwiches were huge, and once again we have another meal for here in the RV. This was a "take your time and enjoy your meal" restaurant with a beautiful view over Lake Seneca. Once again (hard to believe I know) we ended up talking to a very nice family that was eating at the table next to us. They asked if we were the ones with the RV and when we said that indeed we were, they were full of questions. As we all finished eating about the same time, we gave them the 50 cent tour of Mufasa before once again heading up the road to our home for the night.

Arriving at Sampson State Park (thanks Linda and Tom!) we picked out a good spot for us for the night…level with no trees dripping sap or tannin on Muf’s roof…and set up for the evening. We have been out and had a good walk around several loops of the campground and talked with the lady that is camping next to us for the night. The skies have cleared to a few fluffy clouds in a blue, blue sky. The temperatures are in the mid 60’s and we sure won’t need A/C tonight! Brently, it is going to be great COOL sleeping!!

We drove 45 miles today.
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Pat Morrell on

You may have or seen the Moosewood Cookbook. If the restaurant is still in Ithaca, it would be a great stop.
View Cayuga Lake if you can.
Enjoy my state of NY.

dwlp.travelkids on

John just looked at the map and says we will not be going in that direction. Thanks for the suggestion however...who knows we may someday get there anyway! We are enjoying your state very much.

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