When you hear the name “New York”, you usually think of New York City – but geographically, New York City is merely a small part of New York State. Because New York State stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Canadian border, any circuit of the 48 contiguous United States has to pass through New York (and also New Hampshire) twice. On my trip, I passed through New York State a second time while returning westward from Vermont.
I drove westward along Interstate 90 through upstate New York, passing through the cities of Saratoga Springs, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. This region of the country has traditionally relied upon milling and manufacturing, and so has struggled economically in recent years as those industries have declined. I saw several closed factories as I drove along I-90.
As I drove though this region, I encountered the first significant period of bad weather on this trip. (Prior to this, I had experienced just a few hours of light rain in Maryland and Maine.) The rain started as I drove westward, and became persistent as I passed through Buffalo (and later, Pennsylvania and Ohio). It was also unusually cold for Spring: about 46 degrees F (8 degrees C).
(Weather was also big news elsewhere in the country, with the Mississippi River seeing record flooding. Several parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana that I had visited a month ago are now underwater.)
Because of the rain, I gave up on my original plan to visit Niagara Falls (which is not far from Buffalo). I had already visited Niagara Falls – from the Canadian side – in 1990. By most accounts, the view of the falls from the Canadian side is better.