For a slight change of pace, I actually spent two days in Canton, Ohio. I had some work I needed to catch up on and I found a great MMA gym that was nice enough to let me come in and train with their team for a few days. There was also some amazing hiking near Canton at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
While I know there is more to Cleveland, Ohio than just the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and food, that’s basically what our time in Cleveland amounted to. The people were really friendly and I had some awesome conversations in the bars. Folks in Cleveland are really in to their sports teams. They are quick to remind you that it’s the Cavaliers for basketball, the Indians for baseball, and the Browns for football. They are also rightfully proud of the UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic who is from Cleveland. I was reminded by a few people that Cleveland has multiple championships in their town. So I reminded them I was from NYC. And we all had a good laugh…
One of the reasons for getting out on the road was to talk to people. And within just a few days, I have already met some interesting and amazing people. Everyone has their own unique story. As it happens, I met a guy on a short hike through a small park in western New York who’s story just slightly overlaps with mine.
It’s difficult to convey how immense the amount of water rolling over Niagara Falls feels. Just saying 3 tons of water per second doesn’t do it justice. There is so much water pouring over the falls that ground rumbles beneath your feet at times when the wind picks up. In person, Niagara Falls is awe inspiring. But first, Jell-O.
One of my absolute favorite things to do when I visit a new place for the first time is to check out their food. Syracuse was no different. There were a few places I wanted to try and thankfully they were all within a few blocks of each other. This allowed me to eat way more than I should have and then be ready to get on my way. (more…)
This morning started out with around 4 hours of driving from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey to Ithica, New York. It was fairly early for me. I’m not usually one to get up around 500am. 5 o’clock, like 6 o’clock is a time that generally only comes around once per day for me. But Charlie and I wanted to get on the road early as there was quite a few things we wanted to see.
One of the reasons I’m taking this trip is for my cousin Barbara. This road trip is occurring in her car where, oddly enough, she and I spent most of our time together. This 2005 Pontiac Vibe is the car that Charlie and I will be spending our road time in.
My cousin Barbara passed away from cancer quite suddenly in October 2016. It was about a month from diagnosis to death. In one of our conversations, she asked if I wanted the car after she passed and I said yes. I did want it, I just wasn’t initially sure exactly what I wanted it for given living in NYC doesn’t really require a car (and it’s expensive to keep). Barbara spent a lot of time on the road driving all over to meet friends and family. Most of the time she and I spent together was actually in that car going to visit people. So after giving it some thought, I decided I wanted to use the car for a road trip to see country. I think Barbara would have appreciated that. (more…)
Having recently realized that I’ve been to more countries in the world than I have states in the United States, I thought it might be time to fix that. Add to that the realization that New York City is often times an insular (but culturally rich and distant at the same time) bubble, and here we are.
I don’t have a plan about where I’m going to go. While I have a general idea of what I want to see and do, I’m going to go where the wind takes me. But I’m otherwise not planning more than one or two destinations in advance (other than figuring out when to stop and visit friends). I’m always open to suggestions on where to go or what to do. I also have no idea how long I’m going to be on the road for. A trip with no end is part of what makes this an interesting prospect. (more…)