Fall may well be the best time of the year to do a road trip. With temperatures in the 80's (> 25 o C) and all the trees turning color, we had a great trip yesterday. Starting from Peekskill, the road goes through a mountainous region with a lot of forest on both sides of the road. The first part was mainly highway, but from Port Jervis to Hancock it was a great scenic route: winding roades following a small river. Especially for motor cyclist it is a great region, and there were many of them. We also noted that pumpkin season has arrived: everywere next to the road you can buy pumpkins. Next to that, you could see Halloween decorations everywhere (even though Halloween is not until the end of this month). I'll upload some photos later.
I think we've driven around 250 miles yesterday. We first ended up in Binghamton, but it was completely dead except for one Indian restaurant. So we decided to drive to Ithaca, a student town so we'd expect some nightlife. I had been there last weekend, but only shortly because back then all the hotels were booked full and we had to move on. And guess what: also this weekend everything was full! Of course we hadn't booked anything in advance (what are the odds of all hotels being full 2 weekends in a row...). So we had to move on to Horseheads, to the same motel I also stayed last weekend. Luckily I know the road around here by now.. To our surprise there was a bar open on Sunday evening, so we got through the evening pretty well.
Today: the Finger lakes region (= wineries and state parks), ending in Rochester tonight!