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 .
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'.
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 ..
Grammas cafe Nineveh
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 .
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 .
Swallows nest 4 eggs , under a bridge near Nineveh
The bill is only $3 and i leave a $1 tip .
Affordable housing New York State
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 .