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DAY 16: HERKIMER, NY TO ERIE, PA

We’ve embarked on our sixteenth day of travel. We stopped in Yorkville, NY at Holland Farms Bakery & Deli where we enjoyed delicious sandwiches.  It was amusing to see the cows on the iconic billboard wearing a face mask due to COVID-19. We then came across a lovely brick church in the town of Utica. The church features a superb golden Angel atop on the roof. A quick stop at Nye VW in Rome, New York. The dealership was very progressive and even had parking specified for electric vehicles in the front. Near Redfield, The Salmon River had a serene view from the I.D. 4. The geese around this area were abundant and the numbers grew the closer we approached Canada. They were very carefree around people, even in the presence of traffic; only moving when you come very close. There was a hairdresser that displayed a funny statue of a kangaroo. The Kangaroo sported a blonde haircut and even had a blow-dryer. In Williamsville, NY, we saw an excellent memorial commemorating the iron-workers that built the Empire State Building in 1932. Called “Lunch atop a Skyscraper”, this sculpture depicts iron-workers eating lunch on a crossbeam at almost 1000 feet up. We continue on the road, and then we see some farmers with a very large tractor and harvester. We expect to see more of this as we approach the Midwestern states. We made it to the Canadian border and stopped at Niagara Falls. A waterfall with a 167 foot vertical drop between Ontario province in Canada and Buffalo, NY. Formed by glaciers, the water is super fresh and very clear.  There was a dune-buggy powered by a VW beetle engine also entering the National Park. We were filming the incredible view of the rapids from the I.D. 4. Many people take tours on a boat into the bottom of the falls. They wear rain protective gear due to the splash of the falls. We then crossed the South Grand Island Bridge a strong blue bridge that stands over the Niagara River on our way to Erie, PA.

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