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Traveling Through New York State With Trucker Mike
|New York State has a varied topography: the
southeast corner of the state is dominated by the high, wooded hills of
the Catskills; the Adirondack Mountains occupy the central and northern
parts of the state; thin-soiled hills and plateaus make up the section
bordering the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River; rich
farm land borders Lake Erie at the western end of the state.
Except for the section bordering Lake Erie, western New York is very similar to the part of Pennsylvania where I live - rolling hills checkered with farm fields and woods. New York has something more, though ... the Finger Lakes. They were given this name because when you see them on a map, they look vaguely like the spread fingers of a hand, long and narrow and generally stretching north and south. If I remember correctly, they were formed by ancient glaciers that scoured grooves in the land. All of the lakes have Indian names - Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Canandaigua, Keuka. This is a tremendous vacation and resort area and home to some fine wineries.
Products taken into New York State: rolls of aluminum sheeting, books, upholstered furniture, plastic bottle caps, extruded aluminum. Products taken out of New York State: corrugated boxes, canned sauerkraut, books, fruit juices, electric appliance motors and components, plastic bags and packaging materials.
Rows of grape arbors along I.90 in western New York.
A glimpse of Conesus Lake, one of the smaller lakes in western New York.
|Mack cement truck, western NY.||My car hitched to the back of truck.||New truck, NY 17 rest area, site of frigid Luna moth (photo below).|
|I went to Buffalo, NY, many times for many
reasons: to deliver motor homes, to pick up small trucks to transport, to
load or unload various products, or to pass through on my way to
Canada. I've entered and exited Canada by the Peace Bridge at
Buffalo and by the bridge at Niagara Falls; both can be very congested,
depending on what time and what day you get there and which direction you
are going. The view is much nicer over the Niagara
The electricity generating at Niagara Falls means there are many power lines and towers all over the landscape, but that does not detract from the beauty and impressiveness of the Niagara River Gorge.
Assignment: 1. Which major North-South and East-West highways cross New York State?
2. What 2 bodies of water are connected by the Niagara River?
3. Name three major crops of western New York.
4. Locate the Finger Lakes on a map.
|General Mills plant in Buffalo, maker of popular cereals.||Electric power lines near Buffalo.||Cliff along Niagara River. Lake Ontario in background.|
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|During my vehicle transport period, I drove my car
to Buffalo several times, usually via I.390 and Alt.US 20 to pick up a
small truck for delivery. I.390 skirts the Finger Lakes region
through an area of rolling hills and mixed woods and farm land.
Alternative US 20, primarily a two-lane road, goes by a state prison
facility near Perry Center and a few food manufacturing businesses.
As you approach Warsaw, NY, from the east, there are signs warning larger
vehicles to take another route because Alt.US 20 goes down a steep hill
with a sharp turn under a low overpass at the bottom. Also, for several
months, construction crews were rebuilding the road through
The Luna moth in the picture below is a reminder of a troubled trip. I was delivering a small truck from Buffalo to Connecticut (see picture above). I made a personal stop at a rest area on NY 17. When I was ready to hit the road again, the truck would not start. I called for help and while waiting for the tow truck to arrive, I discovered the large green moth lying on the shelf of an open phone booth. It was a cool morning, probably in the 40's, and the moth was very sluggish. I managed to trap the critter (it fluttered around a lot) and put it on my car seat, thinking to take it to my niece who collected such things. When I checked in my car later, the moth had disappeared. I finally located it under the seat and chased it out into the open. Since it seemed to be more lively, I carried it away from the vehicles and tossed it into the air. The Luna dipped a little, then flapped its wings mightily and headed for the nearby trees. I finished my trip mothless.
|Luna Moth calling home, NY17 Rest Area||From I.390 northbound, west-central New York.|
|Alt.US 20 to Warsaw. 12'6" railroad underpass.||Main street of Warsaw, NY, under construction.|
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