Getting to Buffalo

The quaint hills and valleys of Pennsylvania made for nice views but ridiculous RV driving. Every bend in the road seemed to warn of another hazard: detour, road closed, one-lane bridge, and the dreaded 11′ 5″ max (we are 11′ 5″). We made it through okay but there were some scary moments since we can’t back up with the toad attached.


Other signs were just confusing. What does “Fresh Oil and Chips” mean?! We saw at least 4 big orange construction signs promising this strange combo but we were too anxious to get off those adorably treacherous roads to investigate further. Finally, with the help of a friendly trucker, we weaved our way out to Butler, PA, which offered a big straight road and all of the strip restaurants an 11-year old boy could ask for: The Hot Dog House, Steak & Shake, Pancake Palace, two DQs, and a Looney Toons theater (which we’re not sure was a theater). Elian wants to move here when BigTrip is over.

We zoomed along for a few hours, enjoying the smooth wide highway. We barely winked at Erie, stopping to say we did and to get gas. Made it to Buffalo by 6:30pm, pulling into a neighborhood to park in a friend’s driveway for the night. It took us an hour or more to unhook the toad and try to level the Woodebago so we could run the frig (chemicals that power the frig won’t work otherwise). No luck so we decided to just leave her be and take the toad in search of the requisite Buffalonian dinner. 20150728_202744

Ted’s was delicious (dogs, fries, onion rings, and shakes), but not enough to stop us from also visiting Antoinette’s to try the sponge candy. What a place! And the woman who runs the place was filled with interesting facts about how and when they make all of their candy. Mailing season isn’t until October (after “Sweetest Day”), or we would definitely have sent some to a few of you chocolate-loving friends and family.

Now we are snug in our driveway spot (thank you, Debbie!). On to Niagara tomorrow…



About Elena Silva

Out here on the road, trying to make the most of a year in close quarters with my three favorite people...
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6 Responses to Getting to Buffalo

  1. Denise says:

    So glad the first leg of your trip is going smoothly!! Safe travels to Niagara tomorrow!! 🙂 ❤


  2. Renee Lang says:

    Yay for Teds! Gotta love Sahlen’s hot dogs! And Antoinette’s! Yum. My mom used to get sundaes there as a kid. Always Chocolate (never vanilla) ice cream with strawberry topping! Have fun in Niagara!


  3. Frank says:

    Glad to have you of the scary highway and hope it is smooth sailing to Niagara. Love to all


  4. Frank Woodward says:

    By the time you get back you will be able to qualify as a “CDL driver” commercial drivers license. Stay safe.


  5. Mary Silva says:

    Amazing adventure! Thanks for sharing your adventures with the rest of us.


  6. Elena Silva says:

    Sheba says bark arf woof and so on. Translation: Be safe I miss you love, sheba


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