The Anti Interstate

As I mentioned earlier we really don’t like driving the Interstate highways. They’re fast, congested, boring and did I mention fast. It is nice to get quickly from point A to Point B when you’re in a hurry (aren’t we all in a hurry these days?) but it really doesn’t allow you to see anything other than the trees on the side of the road and the bumper in front of you. We’ve been determined not to use them if at all possible.

We’ve been using the US Highway 20 for the last few days. This is one of the cross-country routes developed before Eisenhower proposed the Interstates, and if we were to stay on it, we’d be able to drive all the way to Newport Oregon (a section of the road we were on last January). It is the longest road in the US at 5415 km and ends in Boston Mass.

We left this morning under a cloudy sky, but it cleared off to a wonderful sunny day by mid morning.

We travelled through numerous small farming communities, and some small cities as well. The areas  around Auburn, Skaneateles, Seneca Falls, Geneva, Canandaigua, and Orchard Park contain some of the nicest homes and estates we’ve seen in all our travels. And as always back east the churches are old, large, and stately.

The area we travelled through today is quite similar in many ways to Southern Ontario (it’s not that far away after all). The farms are large and lush, and the farmhouses are well kept and meticulously landscaped. The area does contain a fair bit more hills, so the highways are not quite as stick straight, which made for a better drive.

We were on US 20 for most of the day until we ran into yet another road closure due to a bridge being out. From that point on we saw a number of detour signs for other routes in the area, so it seems that there have been problems in Western New York as well. We were able to find another route to Lake Erie, and ended up on the highway travelling right along Lake Erie until we reached our parking place.

All in all it was a very good day, weather-wise, highway-wise, and I’m even starting to feel better, which topped it off nicely. We’re travelling into Ohio tomorrow, on our way to the western side of Michigan where we’ll try and do some exploring.


One response to “The Anti Interstate

  1. Hi there.
    Was erasing old, old email when I noticed that I had saved yours. Glad to see you have been enjoying yourselves. Looks like reality is setting in here after about a month of good weather. By next week it will be raining again. Life is good here. Larry and I will be heading south at the end of Oct for five months. (I will believe it when I see it) Larry is usually in a hurry to get home.. Off to the golf course. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.


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