Drive back thru New York state

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Deli motel outside Bimingham

Left Niagara Falls with the weather looking a bit dubious , and got into a mess looking for the right Interstate road to get away on  and
went 'back and forth' about 3 times covering about 30 miles on ther Interstate 290 , it is not clearly signposted, and the map i was using was too small scale.Coming out of Niagara i stopped at a huge shopping mall off niagara falls boulevard  , it has a Maceys , Reebock , Adidas shops  and dozens of others , as usual i can't find anything that i would like to buy.

It began to rain and there were flashes of lightning and thunder ahead , taking a south easterly route , different from  the one used previously i again notice  that there are forests  of trees in all directions for hundreds of miles , meaning millions of trees .

Nineveh evangelists
I drive on thru the thunderstorm on the I390 , driving south of the 'finger lakes' area. The lightning and thunder is sometimes only 3 secs apart and it follows me eastward , i cover a few hundred miles  and come to Bimingham ,where there is  a large mall  just off the Interstate , but it is also late , i check a holiday inn for rooms ,before investigating the mall , they have none and she says the rate varies but is currently $190  (or $119 , i cant understand exactly), no chance of that anyway . I drive on to the eastern side of Bimingham  and follow a 'motel'  signpost to Deli Motel  a few miles past town , it is Indian run , and the owner comes from the punjab  ,it costs  $50  per night , it is now 20:30  and it will 'do'.
Grammas cafe Nineveh
It is a bit of a dive  as many of the motels are , the door doesnt close properly , the shower works after a fashion  and all i can get on the tv is  static.Unfortunately there are spiders and cobwebs in the shower  and i have to evict two of them , the second of which does not look at all pleasant and it has(had) a large bulbous body.The Ac doesn't seem to work , but the tv suddenlt comes on after i had given up on it , i go out in search of food and find Michaelangelos pizza place , where i get a stonebaked fungi pizza a side salad and 3 hot bread rolls  (which i did not order).Because i ate the rolls  and because the pizza is large i cant finish it , they put it in a box and i take the remains with me , but place it in the motel tiny fridge and forget about it , and leave it in the fridge when i depart .. 

The following morning ,I drive on to Nineveh on the I88 , this is a name that keeps on cropping up in my life and i will check it out , it is just a small town/village , nearly every home has a stars and striped flag flying and  also  some of the street lamposts have them , this is a very patriotic country  and the flags here are counted in the hundreds .

Swallows nest 4 eggs , under a bridge near Nineveh
There is a church service going on , (there are also many churches in new york state) and i take a pic of a confident 'tongue in cheek'  sign outside one of them .Outside town and close to the Interstate is a cafe called Grammas cafe  and since it is time to refamiliarise myself with both food and coffee  i park up and go in .It is a little tatty but busy and with constant comings and goings of customers , like a lot of small town cafes , they all know each other  and there is a laid back friendly atmosphere that i like .The menu has no concessions to vegetarians at all  and i am reduced to getting 2 slices of raisin bread  toast , butter , honey  and coffee , which i enjoy but is not filling so i order the 'same again' and i read a copy of Usa today newspaper looking mainly at the sport  and it is all about baseball and basketball and American football , all of which bore me .
Affordable housing New York State
The bill is only $3  and i leave a $1  tip .

As i drive back towards rthe Interstate (highway) i go under a bridge  which has a lot of swallows flying around , the bridge  actually carries the highway i am going to.Always interested in birds and wildlife , i park and check out underneath the bridge , the swallows and swifts have made it a nesting area and i get a pic of a nest with 4 eggs in it .

 

As i drive on i stop at Oneatona another smallish town which has a college , i am looking for Internet  and the locals are so friendly and trying to help , they send me to the college , where i can see Internet Pcs but they regretfully will not allow me to use them(in the library).Along the high street there is an estate agents selling houses and the prices  are very affordable , compared to home anyway .

New york state , Catskills

I come into the Catskill area on New York state , it is hilly and forested , with not many roads  and also not may vehicles on the roads , you can stop almost anywhere , besides   clean water flowing rivers lines with smooth boulders ,l stop and sit besides the the river a few times , it is a trout fishing area  and in winter they have winter sports here .

 

 

 

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Deli motel outside Bimingham
Deli motel outside Bimingham
Nineveh evangelists
Nineveh evangelists
Grammas cafe  Nineveh
Grammas cafe Nineveh
Swallows nest  4 eggs , under a br…
Swallows nest 4 eggs , under a b…
Affordable housing New York State
Affordable housing New York State
New york state , Catskills
New york state , Catskills
The road ahead trees  as far as ey…
The road ahead trees as far as e…
River ,catskill ny
River ,catskill ny
Royal Park hotel (unsigned entranc…
Royal Park hotel (unsigned entran…
Hoodoo  bike
Hoodoo bike
Breakfast , 2 X cinnamon and raisi…
Breakfast , 2 X cinnamon and rais…
Madison Square garden (part of) gr…
Madison Square garden (part of) g…
Royal Park hostel room ...looks be…
Royal Park hostel room ...looks b…
empty corridors
empty corridors
Goose family ; Hudson river park
Goose family ; Hudson river park
Turtle, Central Park reservoir
Turtle, Central Park reservoir
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