The Journey goes into New York

Trip Start May 05, 2007
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Trip End Sep 02, 2007


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Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, June 8, 2007

After the incredibly breathtaking and exhausting day I headed into New York State, again passing through customs. This one turned out to be the most vigorous searches yet; they entered the van and opened cupboards, wanted my registration papers etc. and questioned my intentions etc. It was a bit of a process after my intense day. Still I made it through and continued on taking the state highway (another toll road where you pay for the distance you travel on the road and they have toll booths at every exit), where I stopped upon seeing the first campground exit.
          A few notes I would like to add about traveling in the United States and Canada, and my solutions...
 
        Every second car you pass is carrying a flag of the particular country (more so the US than Canada), sick of this I bought an Aussie flag and hang that up in the back window (if you look at the RV in downtown Hamilton you can see it).
 
        Fuel prices fluctuate a great deal between the US and Canada, it's worth filling up in the states. Fuel prices also fluctuate in the US on the same street, even a few hundred metres down the road. Determine what you think is reasonable for the area and where you will be next and let that determine the price you want to pay for it (there are plenty of service stations among towns)
 
        Some other things I have come across too are, the love of AFL with some people in information centres (like the crows fan in Michigan, who like AFL better than NFL and the Essendon supporter in London).
Most people are thrilled to have someone from a Australia in their visitor centre, and often request me to sign the guest book (always happy to help), and one lady when I first crossed into New York wrote it into her diary!
 
One thing that did keep me going after feeling spent and in need of rest was a simple honk from another vehicle while traveling passed the US/Canada border. Totally random and I was wondering what it was for when I saw a little Aussie flag in the back window. It was kind of neat to feel that sense of patriotism. I also needed fuel, since before I crossed the border into Sarnia I hadn't fuelled up, knowing the price was much cheaper across the border I made for that and fuelled up outside of Buffalo.
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