When we first awoke around 6 am Friday we were not sure we would be rolling our wheels, or sheltering in place until the storm was completely gone. It was still raining when we got up.....there are two things we do not like to do.......drive in the wind, or drive in the rain, and certainly not both at the same time. The weather forecast indicated it would stop raining by 10 am, and that the wind would be from the west to southwest during the day. If those two things held true we would roll our wheels, but if either prediction failed to hold up we were going to stay in Ashtabula another day.
Apparently Mr. Jello felt our indifference and decided to let the weather guessers have one.....around 8 am the skies began to clear, the rain stopped, and the wind was coming directly out of the west. Why is a wind out of the west desirable to us? Well, we are traveling almost due east, and sometimes northeast, so any wind out of the west, or southwest just pushes us along.....nothing to fight.
We only had to unhook our electrical, move forward, insert the VW and go, and we were rolling down the road by 9:42 am.....perfect. Our first stop of the day was only 8 miles away at the local Flying 'J' which had a dump station. It had only been 5 days since we last dumped, but when you are living without a sewer hookup 90% of the time you need to take advantage of dumping opportunities whenever they avail themselves. Flying 'J' charges $10 to dump, but we have a Flying 'J' card which gives us a $2.50 discount. They have three RV islands at this Flying 'J' with a dump station right in the middle of each island.....perfect. You can fuel up (we didn't), take on propane (we didn't) and dump your tanks without moving an inch.
By 10:20 am we were merging with I-90 eastbound headed for Lockport, NY and the local Elks Lodge (they have 30 amp electrical available next to 4 concrete pads for RVers, as well as water.....first come, first served....no reservations). Lockport is close to Niagra Falls (our goal for Saturday), and the Erie Canal passes right through the middle of this cool little town. I was in Lockport about 12 years ago riding the Erie Canal bike path with a good friend, and this little town was one of my favorite stops along the route.
When you are in the eastern half of the U.S. in an RV you must be concerned about the height of under passes when you venture off the Interstate. Some of them have steep ingress and egress and the bridge heights can often be 10', or under.....we are 11.5' tall so mistakenly driving through one of those short underpasses would scrap a lot of stuff on the top of our coach. Our Garmin Trucker picks routes around those obstacles so we can drive with much more confidence than previously.
Just a few miles east of Ashtabula is the Pennsylvania state line......