Wednesday – April 21, 2010
We had an overnight low temperature of 40 degrees. The skies were mostly clear and it looked to be a nice travel day. I had planned on leaving the state park by 10:00 AM – but as usual, Nancy was ready to travel and we left by 9:15 AM.
*Note: We first entered West Branch State Park via Hwy 5 – but you have to cross a very scary looking bridge over the RR tracks that has a posted weight limit of 10 tons. The bridge is very rough and has drop offs on both sides. (I was lucky once....!) This trip I turned south upon exiting the state park to avoid crossing the RR bridge again and to pick up I-76 just a few miles south. The first leg of today's trip east on I-76 was okay and Hwy 11 north was a very nice road.
We headed east on I-90 to PA where we turned east on I-86. This was probably a mistake.
Sections of I-86 are in terrible condition. I found these sections to be some of the worse road conditions I have ever travelled over, including the drive to Alaska. For us RV'ers towing heavy rigs, it was enough to bring a man to tears.
I later learned that the sections of poor road surface conditions are in Indian Casino country and apparently the state of New York and the Casinos' are in a dispute over taxes. The end result for now being neglected roads.
I will vow to never travel this route again unless I confirm that repairs have been made. It's too bad as sections of the Allegany River Valley are very scenic. Still, returning to NYS we found ourselves traveling through some familiar terrain.
We arrived at the Maple Lane RV Park in Cuba, NY at approximately 2:15 PM The park is neat looking with lots of grass all recently mowed, it has large level gravel sites with full hook-ups except for cable TV. We can not even pickup any TV channels on the air antenna. We do have a good Verizon cell/broadband signal.
Upon getting settled in for the day we discovered that our kitchen sink had started to come loose from the counter top. This is not all that unexpected given the road conditions for today. This is the second time this has happened. I knew that I would eventually be facing this detail again, but now it has been bumped up on the priority list.
We covered a distance of 232 miles today in approximately 5 hours, for an average speed of 46.8 mph.
I slowed to 40 – 45 mph through some of the rough road areas. After catching up on some emails, etc. it will be early to bed for me.
We both look forward to the next to last leg of our journey east for this travel season and a visit with family and friends in the Oneonta, NY area.