Wheeling WV was one of my goals on this RoadTour. I’d driven through a couple years ago when I bought MOBI and wanted to return with time to explore. I spent 3 days there. I deployed the trail bike and investigated Wheeling Island (where I asphalt camped at the casino), Wheeling and a couple neighboring towns. It was a good stay and I satisfied my curiosity. For now.
Not long after leaving Wheeling, I left the Ohio River behind and headed to Lake Erie. At North Kingsville Ohio, I could go no further north. I was on the shore of Lake Erie. It’s pretty amazing, standing on a bluff overlooking a lake and not being able to see the far shore.
We headed East along the shore and found a spot for the night at Presque Isle race track and casino in Pennsylvania. The next morning dog and I pressed on to the east through Buffalo N.Y where we stopped for lunch. I enjoyed Buffalo wings at the famous Anchor Bar, the establishment where Buffalo wings originated. Of course I washed the wings down with a local brew. It was perfect.
After that, we went to Niagara, one of the 4 actual destinations of this trip. Again, a spot we stopped in for a night on the return trip when I bought the RV. By the way, if you are one of those folks who must have white noise (we all know someone), come to Niagara Falls. It’s everywhere! The sound of the falls echoes off every surface. Just open a window. You can’t miss it.
The first three days the wind roared out of the south west at 20 knots whipping up spray from the falls and depositing it on everything including my camera lenses. The wind was so strong that even with the weight of my camera bag hanging beneath my tripod I couldn’t keep the camera still for some long exposure shots. Oh well.
The first morning I went to Goat and Three Sisters islands where I grabbed a few photographs and repeatedly wiped spray off my lenses. That afternoon I walked across the border into Canada where the foolishness of my younger days once again caught up with me. Immigrations detained and we had a most delightful chat about yesteryear. We parted on good terms and they opened the door for me to walk into Canada.
I have to say that the view from the falls is something you need to enjoy if you are ever in the area. Again, I shot tome images but between the wind and all the tourists I didn’t capture any artistic shots. It was Sunday. Monday had considerably fewer tourists!
I road the motorbike across loaded with camera gear. This time I passed through without a hitch. Guess I should have placed a bet or two at the casino as it appeared luck was on my side this time. It was still windy, even more so I believe and hot as the dickens. I rode to Niagara On The Lake, a pleasant drive. Again I stopped several places but did not see any images that called out to me. Or I simply was not in a spot where I could grab a good shot.
The weather has changed a bit. It was rainy earlier. Not heavy but enough to keep me and my cameras in. The wind has laid down and is supposed to shift more to the north. Maybe I’ll give it another shot and grab a camera.
Tomorrow I’m rolling on. So until I figure out where I’ll land next and find something to talk about, dog and I will just keep moving.