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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

After spending more than two weeks in Western NY visiting my family and friends, I found myself ready to hit the road once again. After spenting the night at Aunt Chris and Uncle Bob's place, I woke early (early for me is 8:00am, yeah I know, I'm a slacker...) to get a good start on my day.

Greeting me with a smile, Uncle Bob was already up with his morning coffee in hand. We chatted for a bit, then regretfully exchanged our goodbyes as I stepped into the van, my humble home on wheels that has taken me into and out of so many lives on this trip of mine. As I pulled out of the driveway, Uncle Bob was sitting on the front porch steps, waving a fond farewell.

I felt rather sad, not knowing when I'd see him and all my other NY-based family and friends again. But time spent with them all during my short stay was sufficient in quality and quantity to produce a trailer-full of wonderful memories. So amidst the sadness of separation, I smiled, knowing that my trailer of memories was firmly connected to my van's hitch as I turned out of the driveway and headed down the road.

Up to this point I had traveled more than 5000 miles to get to NY and was now ready to dive deeper into NY State. My destination? The Adirondacks. I had visited the Adirondacks twice in the past when I lived in NY but always in the summer, never in the fall. So my third visit would be a new experience for me, one filled-full of the vibrant colors and pleasant smells of the fall season.

My trip would take me off the beaten path along the southern and western shores of Lake Ontario. A quicker route would have been Interstate 90 to Syracuse, NY but you already know I hate the Interstate (where you can drive across the country and see practically nothing) and I avoid it whenever possible.

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