Buffalo, NY - More than meets the eye!

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Ode to you Buffalo.
As Alaric and I continued our trip, we were now back in the good old USA.  While our next destination didn't quite thrill before travelling, we both were pleasantly surprised by what Buffalo had to offer.  A fun experience of re-crossing the border and dealing with customs awaited us before we took on Buffalo.  Apparently two American passports and cooperation isn't always enough for the border patrol and we were forced to open the trunk and prove to him that despite the tent, we were not actually hippies and we planned to camp outside in the near future.  After that was over with it was on to Buffalo.

After riding around to check the place out, I suggested we stop at the visitor's building and get ourselves situated.
Buffalo, we need to have talk. I think you're taking this too literally...
  This was the first point in the trip where we were Coach Surfing and our host was at class / work at SUNY Buffalo until around 6:00 that night.  So basically with 6 or so hours to kill we decided to see what they offered.  What we learned (via public film they apparantly show all outsiders) that Buffalo had a walking tour with Blue Buffalos printed on the sidewalk.  Between that, the sports teams (Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres) and the random Buffalo pictured throughout the city I had to give the city of Buffalo the title of "City that takes their name most literal".

What I thought was interesting about the city was that it was built like a big time city, but had the population of just a larger town.  This was our first real encounter with what would start the mid-west part of the US and got to learn a little about the steel industry and its American History.
Anchor Bar. Home of the Original Buffalo Wing!


After checking out the self-guided walking tour we ended up seeing an old shipyard complete with multiple battleships and a submarine.  Very cool and gave us something to do for at least an hour plus.  From there we ventured to the famous "Anchor Bar", home of the very first Buffalo Wing.  I was told, after the fact, that there are better places for wings in the city, but we were certain we wanted the original.

Now, my friend and I are big eaters and decent sized guys, but when we ordered 50 wings between the two of us and the waitress asked, "that's all you guys want?", I had to stop question her motives.  To say we were in physical pain after eating all those wings (and yea, we man'd up and ate every last one) would be an understatement.
I've never had a larger wing.
  Definitely worth it though!

From there we got to meet the guy whose place we were staying and he gave us the option of going out and doing a little partying or staying in and relaxing.  We both agreed that we have to keep the streak alive and party it up.  What we ended up doing that night wasn't exactly what we expected.

His ex-girlfriend, now turned lesbian, was fund raising for a comedy / burlesque group called "Dikes of Comedy".  For those of you who aren't familiar with Burlesque, which I know I definitely wasn't, its basically a strip tease on stage that ends before the final nudity.  Fun night overall and I was glad I kept an open mind about it and gave it a try.

Our pal gave us a good tip in the morning and we ended up getting breakfast for $1.99 before leaving for our next destination.  Which was, if that is possible, more abstract and odd a place to travel to than Buffalo was.  Overall though, I have to say, I'm a fan Buffalo.  Keep up the good work!
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Ode to you Buffalo.
Ode to you Buffalo.
Buffalo, we need to have talk.  I …
Buffalo, we need to have talk. I…
Anchor Bar.  Home of the Original …
Anchor Bar. Home of the Original…
Ive never had a larger wing.
I've never had a larger wing.
Battleships
Battleships
Alaric at the Naval Yard
Alaric at the Naval Yard
That is a serious gun turret.
That is a serious gun turret.
50 Wings, Two Guys, Nuff Said!
50 Wings, Two Guys, Nuff Said!
Main Street
Main Street
Buffalo
photo by: Bluetraveler