Let me explain, our motorcycle club has a tag game running and Mike, Mr. Fix is an avid player. He had picked up the tag so now it was his turn to place the tag anywhere as long as it was more than 100 miles from the center of NJ. This tag is for the Iron Butt Tag-O-Rama so it was with apprehension when I asked where were their thinking of going to place the tag. Mike also loves to ride so I knew it wasn't going to be close but it still surprised me when he answered back with a definite "Buffalo". Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River and very close to Niagara Falls is the city of Buffalo. Buffalo I said, why Buffalo? for the wings of course, he quickly answered.
But it's almost 500 miles one way, when are you leaving I asked, tomorrow he answered. I thought for a moment and quickly answered, why not! I wasn't doing anything for the weekend in any case. Why not embark on a 1000 mile round trip with two good friends for the weekend.
I left the house around 7 and met Mike at the famous Clinton Dinner in Clinton at 9am Saturday, he was already having breakfast and I quickly joined him while we waited for Mr. Pickles, the other Mike to arrive. We had a quick breakfast and hit the road around 10am. We entered I-78 West and quickly crossed into Pennsylvania taking route 33 North. We hit I-80 West and followed it until I-380 where we again proceeded North. We passed Scranton and then followed I-81 North passing Binghamton until Syracuse when we veered left on I-90, the New York State Thruway and followed it until Buffalo.
At the next gas stop we ran into a group of German tourist in a minivan on the way to Niagara Falls. Mr. Fix It, being German, quickly established a conversation in German leaving me to walk around with the camera taking pictures and that's when I noticed Mr. Pickles Honda Valkyrie front brakes covered in oil. Mike knew all about it and explained to me his front forks were both leaking and the oil had found its way onto the brakes and rotors. I asked him if the brakes were still working properly and he quickly replied sarcastically and with a big smile that he still had the rear brake and he would start slowing down before us. You see, Mike was the tail rider and he's coming at us on an 800lbs bike, it's always comforting to know he still has the rear brake.
We finally reach the outskirts of Buffalo and even though we had our camping gear, with the temperature at 69F we decide to look for a motel where we would share a room. We got off the highway and immediately came upon the beautiful Garden Place Hotel. We knew it was outside our price range but it had these beautiful sculptures in front so we pulled in to snap some photos and take a break while we decided where to go.
|Famous Metal Sculpture|
|The inside of the Garden Place Hotel|
The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate Buffalo Wings, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa's the proclaimed "Best Wings in the World."
The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m³) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m³) on average. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America. The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.
|The USA side|
|The Canadian side|
|Mr. Fix It and Mr. Pickles|
Mike got the shot of his bike parked in front of the Anchor Bar for the tag game and I got to taste the famous chicken at the Anchor Bar. We also got to hangout together and enjoy the camaraderie. Round trip for me was 1014 miles.
|The 3 Musketeers|