The last week of September, I drove our car to Syracuse, New York for winter storage. With the purchase of a truck this spring, that will be towed behind the motorhome, the Car did not need to be shipped to our destination.
Our destination next spring is Upstate New York, Syracuse for spring, summer and fall. This will be a new trail we will blaze from Florida, touring the East coast of the country along the way.
Early Thursday morning, leaving Lee and the cats in Breakm9 to start the trek of 850 miles to Syracuse my ever faithful 2005 Deville “Sea Gull” roared out the Illinois river valley, toward Chicago and East to Syracuse.
The trip was a great trip- 2 stops for gas and a final stop and home for 5 days at Flaherty’s Bed and Breakfast. Same great resort we stayed in August in the motorhome at the Flaherty’s RV Park. I may mention from my first blog, that proprietor Michael Flaherty has expanded his resort and has opened a Bed and Breakfast. Flaherty’s is best Bed and Breakfast in New York State, with a kitchen that can cook any entree you request. Mike refers to his kitchen as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and it is full of food, laughs, card playing a the table the family gather to share food and memories.
Friday morning, Mary arrived at Flaherty’s Bed and Breakfast armed with bags of popcorn, the best oyster crackers in the world, peanuts in the shell and her famous “Dump Cake”. We hit the road to look at prospective places to live in next year, went to Mc Lusky’s Apple Orchard- I am thinking Apple pie!!!, a trip to Otisco Lake, Marcellus, Onondaga Hill and Western Lights Shopping Center. We picked Mike up from work at the Onondaga County Building in downtown Syracuse. Then once back home the cooking began for the evening.
The days passed fast, card games where HOT, and family is the best.
Sea Gull went into her nest for the winter on Monday October 1st. Safe and warm in a building that is secure and heated for the winter. Mike took the day off from work and we had fun driving around. Cousin Laura came over for dinner that night, she brought a book for me that she had recommended in August and I could not find in Peoria. Very cool book called ‘Heaven is for Real’ about a child who dies in the Operating Room and returns to tell his story.
I left Syracuse that night, Mary took me to the train station. Amtrak 449 to Chicago left about 10pm. The city looked like a light show, bright and sparkling in the dark night background. The train was out of Boston and packed with fun loving people who like to travel the rails, talk and visit the club car for a night cap. Toledo, Ohio stop at 6:30am, daylight was breaking, club car reopened and the rails where parallel to the Interstate I had driven days earlier. The 449 arrived in Chicago, I found my transfer train and left Chicago on Train 321 south to San Antonio, Texas. Stopping 120 miles South of Chicago in Bloomington,Illinois. my train adventure had ended. As the train slowed down at the station, Lee was waiting for me on the platform. I was home again.