Buffalo Road, Niagara Falls
After 10 in the morning, when the T-mobile sales points were opened (at home I put on the map several taken from their website.) I stopped at one of them, in Scranton, and bought a SIM card.
Then we made a ritual overseas purchase, drove into a supermarket and bought a package of 25 300 ml water bottles.
On the signposts, at the exits, indicate the fast foods that can be found here. Until lunch, I was waiting for a sign like “Restaurant. It’s very tasty and inexpensive ”, but without waiting for it we left freeway and ended up in the pretty town of Cortland, where we had a nice lunch in a restaurant with live music.
In Buffalo, we arrived only at 5 pm. Let me remind you that the navigator promised to bring in 6.5 hours. Where they left for 4.5 hours remains a mystery. The most amazing thing is that on the way back the story repeated itself. For almost the entire daylight hours we rode a route calculated by the navigator at 6 o’clock. I attributed this effect to the curvature of space and decided to carefully monitor the next trip to Niagara.
We drove along one of the main streets. The city looked very beautiful. Small neat houses were not separated by fences on spacious lawns. When we left, the next day, I went in the wrong direction and the navigator returned me along the inner streets. Everything was just as well maintained and beautiful.
In Buffalo, we shot the University Manor Inn from greed. We thought we would come in the evening, leave in the morning. We survive. This is a simple roadside motel in a pretty university setting. I am less sensitive to housing, and Tanya made terrible vows to never stop at American motels. The room was not small. There were even 2 tables (one, you need to understand lunch, because there was a microwave). But a lot of it is shabby and generously watered with hopelessness. It began to rain to aggravate the mood.
In the morning, life began to improve. The sun has shone. For breakfast, in addition to muffins (usually made from pure plasticine) served: cornflakes (some sophisticated: rye with bran and huge raisins), banana, apple. Breakfast inspired, and we moved to the Canadian border.
As already written, I read about the lines when crossing the US-Canada border. I remembered the recommendation: “Do not want to stand in traffic, do not cross the border on the weekend.” Therefore, early in the morning, having a nice breakfast, we moved to the border. We crossed it at 9am on Sunday along the Rainbow Bridge. Maybe this is not typical, but in the queue to the barrier (and there were 5-6 of them) I was 4th and the border crossing took 5 minutes. 40 sec “Where are you from?” The border aunt asked only. I began to tell in detail that we are now from Buffalo, but the day before yesterday we flew to JFK … Aunt tiredly asked, “Where are you from?” “From Russia,” I realized the correct answer. “Where are you going?” She asked. My attempts to show a voucher irritated her implicitly. She asked again, “Where are you going?” “To Niagara Falls,” I answered militaryly and received passports with seals. “The answer should be as short as a shot,” I tried to remember. I just can’t get rid of the feeling at the border that I’ve violated something and they won’t let me in.
With those who carefully plan the transition, I will share the site https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/border-times-us, kindly advised to me, where you can track the time of transitions in advance.
We lived at The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls. For looking at a waterfall, a very right place. When booking, we were promised: “Spacious room with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Canada Falls, American Falls and the upper Niagara River. Rooms of this category are located on floors 8-13. ” We arrived early. All parking spaces in front of the hotel were occupied. I left the car in place, on which it was written “leave no more than 15 minutes.” As usual, they explained to us in the lobby that the rooms are still being cleaned, but there is a room that will be removed soon, and it overlooks the waterfall and on the last 21st floor. At the same time, they proposed to arrange it, while there is no influx of guests. We agreed that:
– we look at the number
– if we approve of it, we draw it up, we go for a walk, and he remains with us.
The car, before registration, was allowed to leave in a short-term parking. We liked the room. Spacious. With a high ceiling “house”. With shower and whirlpool.
The view from the 20th floor to the waterfalls and surroundings is amazing. Later I remembered that when booking, we were promised panoramic windows. In our room, the window was small, but the view from above, I think, paid off. The view was more like a theatrical backdrop.
According to my plan, we had a day and a half to inspect the waterfall. Both on the Canadian and American sides. Not imagining the scope of the upcoming, I was worried if we had time to inspect the waterfall from all points. Now I can say that you can look at the waterfall from all sides in half a day. We visited all possible points except boating and standing on the site sprayed. It was not cold, but did not want to get wet.