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Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
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Trip End Jul 27, 2012


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Econo Lodge, Williamville

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bon bon, les etats du Colorado, du Nebraska, de l'Illinois, de l’Indiana, de l’Ohio et de la Pensylvannie sont maintenant chose du passé! Malheureusement, on a fait que passé dans chacun de ses Etats (a l’exception du Colorado), j’ai peu a dire…Comme je vous l’avais dit nous avions decide de faire un arret pique-nique a Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio…la nomination National Park est questionable, lorsqu’on compare aux parcs precedemment vus au cours des dernieres semaines ou des deux dernieres annees, lors de mes visites a Seattle (North Cascade National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Ste-Helen National Monument, Olympic National Park). Mais bon, malheureusement, l’est du pays n’a pas autant a offrir sur le plan naturel que l’ouest. Ce fut tout de meme bon de sortir de la voiture et bouger un peu, surtout pour Serge, qui tente de plus en plus de gravir les bagages pour venir s’asseoir sur moi en avant!

Quelques milliers de champs de ble d’indes plus tard et maintes dollars depenses sur les autoroutes payantes, nous voici maintenant dans l’Etat de New York, a Buffalo (ou on peut trouver plusieurs bieres quebecoises au restaurant!), pour un petit arret aux fameuses Niagara Falls. Nous avons passé l’avant-midi du cote americain, qui est beaucoup plus tranquille que le cote canadien ou l’on a passé une partie de l’apres-midi. Le cote americain est davantage un state park, donc quelques sentiers de randonnees (ou plutot de marche bien tranquille) et le cote canadien est davantage un parc d’amusement, soit beaucoup trop de stimulation après plusieurs semaines passées loin de la civilisation! On a traverse du cote canadien en marchant sur le Rainbow Bridge, probablement la voie la plus rapide compte tenu des douanes a passé une fois rendu d’un cote ou de l’autre.

Demain est un grand jour! Derniere journee de mon homme aux USA avant un petit bout et sa premiere journee au Quebec en tant que futur Quebecois! En esperant que tout se passera bien…Et a la demande de plusieurs, voici quelques photos de Serge!


On the way from Denver to Burlington we made a few stops. First, we passed through corn country in Colorado to Omaha, Nebraska to stay at the Carol Hotel. The Carol Hotel was named such because it had the same letters as the abandoned Clarion Hotel that it took the place of. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite have the charm of the Clarion considering the first room we were assigned had a toilet that didn’t flush and still had old chicken wing remnants in the trash can. At least it was near a shopping center, so we could do all our shopping (with less tax than Montreal) in one stop.

Next, we made our way past Iowa (hence more corn fields) to stop in South Bend, Indiana. We were getting used to the isolation in the west and now it seems that were finally hitting civilization again…and traffic. It seems like in Iowa it’s okay to pass on the right and for oversized semis to pass you at 80mph. Anyway…on to Buffalo!

On the way to Buffalo we made a stop in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. I guess it has some historical significance (sorry I didn’t stop to read the signs), but it doesn’t quite live up to the other national parks. It has a small waterfall and a dried up lake that we saw. It was worth it to stop since it was on the way, but I wouldn’t go more than 30 minutes out of the way for it. Especially since we already spent $20 in tolls on the way there.

Then on to Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls. The EconoLodge seems like it is made from an old elementary school. Other than the smell of stale cigarettes in our room it’s not too bad, but I’m looking forward to finally going to the new apartment! It was amazing to finally see them. The raw power of the rapids and falls is pretty impressive. We hiked around Goat Island to get some views of the American side before lunch and then walked across Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side. It seems as if the Americans own the falls, but the Canadians own the view (and a lot of amusement parks!). I haven’t had so much auditory and visual stimulation since Las Vegas! We stopped at some viewpoints on that side to see more of the falls and also to walk off the Indian Buffet earlier. Tomorrow is my last day in the US before becoming a Quebecois. Wish me luck!
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Nancy Nemargut on

Hi Sergie boy! You look a little cramped for space in that car!

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