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Jun 16, 2014 - Buffalo to Lockport

June 16 Day one of our adventure. Buffalo to Lockport After a great buffet breakfast at the hotel, we packed up and headed off. The train brought us to Depew, a suburb about 10 miles from downtown Buffalo, the start of the Erie Canal trail. We made our way through the streets (some pretty seedy!) of Buffalo until we reached the downtown.  A little history of the canal. It was proposed in 1808 by then governor Dewitt Clinton and completed in 1825. It was built to open up a trade route between the Hudson River in the east and Lake Erie in...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Lockport, NY and the Erie Canal

We dropped anchor in Lockport, New York yesterday. Our plans are to stay here about a week. Today we went to the little town of Lockport and took a boat ride on the historic Erie Canal. For you history buffs, a little bit of information is provided. The Erie Canal is in New York, and originally ran a total of 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo and Lake Erie. It was built to provide a navigable waterway from New York City via the Hudson River to the Great Lakes.Construction on the canal started in 1817 and was opened to commercial traffic in...

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Sep 26, 2013 - Erie Canal

So, paying for two more nights at the KOA and checking about Niagara Falls tours. The KOA lady was encouraging a different one from Gray Line and as we were going back to the trailer to see what we wanted to do a lady from Florida told us they took one that was much cheaper. Ended up the lady was originally from OKC,her 99 year old mother still lives there. We came back and called the tour they suggested and reserved for Friday. That gave us today to head to Lockport, NY to see the Erie Canal. It was a beautiful day. We stopped and had a...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Erie Canal Cruise

This morning we drove into the town of Lockport where we took the 2-Hour Erie Canal Cruise. The double-decker ship took us upstream through two of the town's locks. The raising and lowering of the ship through the locks was accomplished by water flow down river into and out of the locks. No pumps were used to fill or empty the locks. There were 7 horsepower electric motors that opened and closed the gates. There was a Lockmaster on duty that operated the locks on an on-demand basis. Above are some pictures we took of the cruise. Click on...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Easy Travel Day

We had an easy travel day today. We drove about 120 miles from Erie, PA up the coast of Lake Erie though Buffalo, NY and stopped at Lakeport, NY where we have one of our membership campgrounds. We'll be here for the next three nights while we enjoy doing touristy stuff in the Niagara Falls area. We're looking forward to a great time!

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Aug 18, 2013 - Buffalo

We decided to see some of Buffalo on a weekend as it's a big city. First we went to the home where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, after the assasination of McKinley. It was well done as the presentation started with McKinley's speech at the 1901 Pan American Exhibition, then the shot rings out and we were ushered into the library where Roosevelt was sworn in. Then we found the Pierce Arrow museum. It had a great collection but was mainly that - needs a little work to make it into a first class museum. The cars were interesting...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride

We went back to Lockport, there was a festival in the downtown we wanted to see. Artists were doing chalk art on the sidewalk, very involved subjects, would take more than a day to complete some of them. We patronized some of the street vendors, I got a GIANT zucchini that turned out to be good and lasted more than a week of meals. We then signed up for the boatride and had to wait as a Hollywood was filming in the downtown. I think the film is The American Way, something like that. We didn't see any actors as they were setting it up along...

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Aug 16, 2013 - Niagara falls

We went to see Niagara Falls on the New York side, good idea, the bridge into Canada was backed up the entire time we were there. We drove through Lewiston which is a nice olde town that had RV parks in it. First we went to the dam and viewed it from the US side - we were able to see some of the Niagara river from the overlook as well as both the US dam and the Canadian dam across the river. It is older and much smaller. The power company has a very informative display of information. We then went into Niagara Falls - taking advice from the...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Lockport Erie Canal Cruise

We drove into Lockport and saw the locks operating, watched boats going up and down in the middle of downtown. Really neat. This is part of the original Erie Canal that was completed in 1825. In Lockport a set of 5 locks, double to allow traffic to go up and down at the same time, were hand dug to overome the 49'drop of the Niagara Escarpment. These locks were operated originally by mules and by hand and were an engineering masterpiece. We took the cruise that included locking through the newer 2 locks on one side, we were able to view the...

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Aug 3, 2013 - Niagara Falls

Days 150 - 152 of The Big Trip On August 1, we left our last stop in Ohio and entered Pennsylvania. I dawned on me that we weren't stopping in Pennsylvania. As we drove through Erie, it looked like it would be an interesting place to see. There have been many times, on this perimeter trip, that I've had to remind myself that we cannot see EVERYTHING. If we're going to do the 13,000 miles in the 13 months as planned, we have to keep moving. We did meet someone, in California, who had done the perimeter and did it in eight months. I...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Erie Canal Lockport, NY

Lockport, which is situated about 40 mins from Buffalo and 40 mins from Niagara Falls. We started our day at Reid's a local staple, it was established in 1946 in order pay for the owner's college education. It became the place to go and still is. Their "White Hot" (White hot dog) with their special sauce is outstanding. Lockport is known for several things: First the Erie Canal (it stretches 365 miles from Lake Erie to Hudson River near Albany NY and it drops 570 feet) where Locks 34 & 35 are located. They comprise the largest drop on the...

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Jun 8, 2012 - Lockport, NY - Beef on Weck

We went to Wagner's, a local restaurant known for its Beef on Weck - This is a sandwich made from very thin Beef with horseradish on a bun topped with salt and caraway seeds and is served with au ju. This sandwich was originated here in Western New York and it has it's roots in the German immigrants and is second only to "Chicken Wings". Weck is short for Kimmerweck which means "bun". It really is a wonderful sandwich. It is similar to a French Dip but so much better.

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