Speeding Buffalo Wings
Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
60Trip End Ongoing
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We, an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Australian (respectively named me, Andy and Che) had hired a car with the aim of driving around New England and Canada. The first destination was Buffalo in New York State a mere 500 miles away.
It wasn't long before we had found trouble, when a Massachusetts Police officer supposedly clocked Andy doing 83 mph in a 65 mph limit, even though we were driving in the high 70's and the car in front was pulling away from us. We tried to argue this point to no avail and ended up with a $180 fine. However we should have the last laugh as being foreigners all they can do is ban Andy from driving in the state of Massachusetts.
After 350 miles we swapped drivers, allowing me to experience driving an automatic car on the opposite side of the road for the first time. Resulted in me kangarooing through the car park as i tried to teach my left leg not to use the brake pedal as the clutch. Eventually we got back on the interstate 90 and successfully arrived in Buffalo. We had a it of a problem finding the HI-hostel and stopped at a police station for directions, who sent us in wrong direction when we were only 30 metres from the hostel. Maybe they had seen the idiot Che urinated in the police parking lot.
Buffalo hasn't got a lot going for it. It a sleepy town situated near the Canadian border and is generally used as a base to the nearby Niagara Falls. On our first whole day here we went up to Niagara Falls but arrived to late to try the Maid in the Mist or the walk behind the falls. Although this day trip was most notable for the stupidity of the US customs. For example Che showed his Australian passport to the customs officer only for them to say "you're from Lismore, never heard of that country before" when clearly it states the town Lismore in his passport.
Two nights in Buffalo is long enough to explore the two famous things to come out of this sleepy town.
Firstly Buffalo Wings, where you can order 50 wings for $28 at the Anchor Bar and secondly you can check out Buffalo 66. Not a great film but you can go to the bowling alley they filmed at and play for 50 cents a game. The Englishman beats the Aussie in a tight game of 10 pin bowling as usual the Scotsman was lagging badly behind. Hopefully this will mark the first of many victories against the Australians. Otherwise only the district region in Buffalo is the only other place worth a mention.
The Buffalo Wings
Not surprisingly on the walk to the Anchor Bar we experienced some more American rudeness when one very obese guy launched a tirade into us for looking at him. Very difficult not to look at him when he took up most of the pavement as we were walking up the road and him down. Looking forward to leaving the USA behind and enter into the more educated and more civilised country of Canada.