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post #1 of 19 Old Jun 12th, 2006, 10:14 am Thread Starter
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The Mrs. and I are riding from Nashville up to the Niagara Falls area around the middle of August this year. It's a suprise birthday and anniversary present for the Mrs. (We share birthdays and we decided to get married on our birthday. Thanks to Dave Dragon, we now call it "Birthaversary".)

Anyway, other than the falls, are there any good places of interest or good riding routes we need to know about? I am starting to plan my route and I am not familiar with the area. Don't want to miss out on any riding hot spots while we are up in that area.

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hi bob. happy birthaversary. i can't tell you to much about the falls other than take the boat ride (maid of the mist) go down under and behind the falls (be sure to put on issued boots and rain coats) take the cable car ride across the whirl pool. i have heard the canadian side is neater and cleaner. ( i don't know) while in the area go to the welland canal 6 or 8 locks with big great lakes ore carriers going between lakes. got time go east to the st. lawrence sea way. watch the same ore carriers go through more locks and head for the n. atlantic.tour the 1000 islands and boldt castle. then go south east and zig-zag through the adirondack mountains. white face mt. lake placid. ect. lots of neat little towns. adirondak museum in blue mountain lake.(must see) not enough time to go that far go to what is called the finger lakes area. seneca-cayuga lakes ect. zig-zag north & south in this area. if you like solid rock gorges w/water falls be sure to vist the state parks in the ithaca n.y. area. buttermilk falls-robert h treman-taughannock falls & watkins glen state parks. i lived in this area before retireing and moveing to north carolina. good luck and ride safe. dan brown
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Many Thanks Dan!

Now I am really looking forward to going. I am planning on doing the "maid of the mist" tour. We are staying in a hotel on the Canadian side. I had heard the view was better from the Canadian side from a coworker. I will be marking my maps this evening with your points of interest. Thanks again!

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Now I am really looking forward to going. I am planning on doing the "maid of the mist" tour. We are staying in a hotel on the Canadian side. I had heard the view was better from the Canadian side from a coworker. I will be marking my maps this evening with your points of interest. Thanks again!

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A minor (hopefully) note. I had read that if you're going into Canada it can be a good idea to plan ahead with the Canadian authorities. Even though the border crossing is routine for US citizens there have been incidents where an individual has been denied entry for a variety of minor reasons, real or not. It would be a shame to travel all that way and find out that some schmoe with the same name had a DUI conviction that got attributed to you through clerical error. (we will follow this process for a Nova Scotia trip later this summer for this very reason)
If you search around a bit on the Canadian government on the web you should be able to find out about this stuff. Basically you fill out an application and they issue you a paper certifying that you are clear to enter the country. You should do it at least 6 weeks ahead of your travel date.
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Awesome suggestion! I will do a little diggin' around on the net to see if I can take care of things ahead of time. Shouldn't the hotel I am booked at give me a head's up on something like that? I would think so. I'll try calling them first.

BTW, I don't mind riding all the way up there and not getting into the country. It's about the ride... But, I DO mind getting cut off because the Mrs. wants to get into the country. If I don't get a little somethin' somethin' on the birthaversary, it'll be just like a normal day of married life.
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bob. two more things i failed to mention corning glass works museum in corning n.y. and the glen curtis motorcycle-airplane museum at the south end of keuka lake in hammonsport n.y. dan
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bob. two more things i failed to mention corning glass works museum in corning n.y. and the glen curtis motorcycle-airplane museum at the south end of keuka lake in hammonsport n.y. dan
Oh, and while you're in the area...the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY is an interesting stop in the middle of some very nice riding country (Finger Lakes region), the Little League hall of Fame is in central PA if you're going up throught there.

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Thanks for the post and all the information, I am headed there for the first two weeks of July, am staying near Rochester in campground, going to take a week tour of Ontario and then upper NY, then over to Vermont for MOA rally... see you on the road... Want to explore the upper NY...

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Hey guys, we have an extra room and bed if you want to make it up to Caledon. It's about 1/2 hour north of Mississauga. about 45 minutes NE of Toronto. We will be going on our ride 19th Aug so if you are coming up before that your welcome to stay at my place. Send me a PM if you like.

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I am also doing the trip around the same time, leaving 1st july, coming back the next weekend, but leaving from charlotte, going up 77 to charlston then 79 to erie then crossing over east to naigra, crossing over at the peace bridge into canada. It useally takes me about 14-16 hours to make the trip, useally take it easy, enjoy the ride and scenery, unfortunatelly not too much in sightseeing the way I go , but for me it is the quickest, I go up that way about 4 times a year. Niagra is definately prettier on the canadian side, I useally spend a few hours around there, taking a break before I go to toronto and hit the 400 north to barrie.
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Be very careful at the border. The "tollbooth" ground is slanted to allow the custom officials to look into cars. It is the perfect setup to drop your bike. If your are not careful you could put your right foot down only to find that there is no ground to stand on...
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This board is just too cool. We will be leaving Nashville on the 20th. So we will just miss you guys. Really appreciate the offer though. Maybe next time. We are hockey fans so maybe we can meet up North for a game!

By the way, if you are ever in the Middle Tennessee area and need a place to stay, we unfortunately don't have a guest room, but we have sleeping accomodations (pull out sofas, air mattresses) and are always willing to help out a fellow rider concerning room and board while traveling. Leaves more $$ for farkle.

The grill is always ready to be fired up at our place.

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Ah... nice little tidbit to know! I don't know how many have told me that picking up the LT is easy if you do it right. I have been told that an old lady can do it. I have tried the "backing into it" method with not the luck that everyone talks about. Obviously I am doing it wrong. Anyway, don't want to be showing off the underside while at the tollbooth. (he he)

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Our forum friends have offered a bunch of great suggestions for you. Living in Central NY (Syracuse) we've ridden all those areas and always see something new. The ride we took through the Adirondacks to Burlington, VT was the best, though. The adirondacks route to the ferry across Lake Champlain is great and the roads out of Burlington, particularly along the VT side of Champlain are spectacular. You have awesome roads in TN, but you'll love the Adirondacks Mountains and lakes. The seaway trail and Alexandria Bay area are a good run. If you take I-81 up into Syracuse, the Dinosaur Barbecue is a good lunch or dinner stop. Plenty of bikes to look over and the food is great. If you opt for Gettysburg, I'd be sure to take US-15 from as close to Winchester as you can and then continue right up into Corning/Ithaca, NY and then 13 is a good bikers route north. Not having a map in front of me, you might have to take 14 as a connector between the two routes. 15 will bring you up through Williamsport to Corning, a very mountainous route, good in the good weather, but very bad in the rain.
While I have no extra room, if you opt for a stop in Syracuse, I have a friend at the Ramada off the Interstate, who can usually offer a good rate. Hope you enjoy our state as much as I enjoyed yours! Ride safe!

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Thanks Bill, your comments along with all the others is exactly what I was looking for. Sounds like a nice ride ahead of us.

So much for the surprise, the Mrs. noticed how long I was spending on this site and happened to look over my shoulder. The good thing is the Mrs. now wants to extend our trip by another day due to all the good roads and routes mentioned. So it's all good.

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Another thought, if you're planning to go to Canada, is the ferry that runs out of Cape Vincent NY into Kingston, Ont. It's a nice ride and runs regularly via Wolfe Island. Here's a link for it;
http://www.citylifeontario.com/kings...landferry.html

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Awesome suggestion! I will do a little diggin' around on the net to see if I can take care of things ahead of time. Shouldn't the hotel I am booked at give me a head's up on something like that? I would think so. I'll try calling them first.
Canadian here: I've never heard of anything like that and I'd be surprised if it was real. I just can't imagine you would have a problem.

If you're going to Niagara Falls there's a pretty little town called Niagara on the lake that's an easy drive and very picturesque.
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A minor (hopefully) note. I had read that if you're going into Canada it can be a good idea to plan ahead with the Canadian authorities. Even though the border crossing is routine for US citizens there have been incidents where an individual has been denied entry for a variety of minor reasons, real or not. It would be a shame to travel all that way and find out that some schmoe with the same name had a DUI conviction that got attributed to you through clerical error. (we will follow this process for a Nova Scotia trip later this summer for this very reason)
If you search around a bit on the Canadian government on the web you should be able to find out about this stuff. Basically you fill out an application and they issue you a paper certifying that you are clear to enter the country. You should do it at least 6 weeks ahead of your travel date.
As long as you don't have a record, We would be glad to take your touist $'s. I find that if you use your passport as your ID and you have no records, you should be fine.
Yes the Canadian side is much better to view from. Take the drive from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake along the river, It's a great ride and nice views of the Niagara River. There is lots to do there, Marine land, Casino, Wax museum, just walking around down by the falls. You don't want to ride much when you are down by the falls as there are MANY 4 wheelers around, much better to walk. Take the cable car ride across the gorge it has greats views also.

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Don't miss all the wineries at Niagra on the Lake. Very nice area and if you like wine, many are highly rated.
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