Heading Home: Day 24 — Olean, N.Y., final night on the road

I was on the upper gray route which doesn’t have the time listed.

A beautiful day for driving again today.  I went through 4 states again:  Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  My marvellous GPS kept me off the toll roads.  Most of the morning was on a two-lane highway but in the afternoon it was mostly 4-lane divided and much of the highway had been rehabilitated (as the signs in Ottawa always like to say) and were great to drive on.  Coming through western Pennsylvania and New York past all the densely forested hillsides with their muted fall colours made me even more anxious to get home.  Tonight is my last night on the road.

Spending the night in Olean, New York tonight, a favourite place of my dad and step-mom.  I won’t really see it until I’m leaving tomorrow since I arrived just after dusk tonight.  Again, no pictures today.

I made an unscheduled stop which was why I was late tonight.  I had my oil changed before I left home on September 12th but with all the driving I’ve been doing, I was overdue more than 2600 km. on my next oil change.  I originally was going to wait until I got home but for my own peace of mind I decided I would get it changed today.  I pulled off the highway and got gas in a place called Sandusky, Ohio.  I went into the store and asked the fellow behind the cash if there was a Hyundai dealership nearby.  He said there was a Kia dealership just down the road.  (Kia is owned by Hyundai so I felt that was close enough.)  It was about 3 blocks away and the guys there were great!  An hour later, my oil was changed, my car was washed, and I was on my way.  Thanks Roger, Paul, and Chris!!

Went around Cleveland in rush hour traffic so that was a bit challenging but went well.  There was a stretch several miles long where the highway was down to one lane and a 55mph speed limit where nothing was happening at all!!!!  Very frustrating.  All the trip, though, my attitude has been, “I get there when I get there!”  I saw a beautiful sunset and although I missed my exit, the next exit was also Olean and I was on the lighted streets right away and only a few minutes from my motel which — sadly — doesn’t have a fridge and microwave.  I don’t know how I managed that!!!  At least it has HGTV!

Check out my new page under Catching Up! at the top to read my Observations, Queries, and What I didn’t Know on the road! or click this link!

Tomorrow morning, breakfast is included with my room and then I may try to stop at a Hobby Lobby at Syracuse, and finally, it’s off to Ogdensburg where some parcels are waiting for me at the UPS store, and across the border and home to my Budge!!  Cheers from Olean, New York!

 

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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