We have, at last, entered our first New England state.....Massachusetts, but I get ahead of myself. We woke up in the Herkimer, NY Walmart parking lot knowing Tuesday would be our last day in New York. I turned on the big Kohler propane generator around 7:15 am so we could run the block heater in preparation for our departure between 9 and 10 am.
Before we would merge on to I-90 east bound we needed to 'pay the rent' by topping off our 180 gallon diesel fuel tank. Utilizing Gas Buddy I had located a fuel station just .5 miles from the Walmart selling diesel for $3.05/gallon. When we last topped off our tank we paid $3.09/gallon so this was an improvement.....I doubt if we will see sub $3/gallon diesel for a long time as oil is currently topping $70/barrel.....up from under $50/barrel just a couple of months ago. Higher oil prices seem to be the new norm.
We usually check out stations using Google Earth to be sure we can safely enter and exit the station, but since we were just 1/2 mile from the station we decided to walk over and check out the layout. We made the roundtrip walk in less than 20 minutes being totally satisfied that we could use this station.
By 9:15 am we were rolling our wheels over to the Fastrac fuel station, which is a New York franchise. At this station they have fuel lanes specifically for large trucks and RV's with the fast high volume pumps we love. I figured we would take anywhere from 85 to 90 gallons and we ended up taking on 89.5 gallons!
The stretch of I-90 from Herkimer to, essentially, the Massachusetts border is part of the New York Thruway which is another way of saying you have to pay to use the road. We have been on this 'Thruway' since we entered New York and had paid about $58 in tolls thru Tuesday morning. We were on I-90 eastbound by 9:50 am. On this day the terrain was rolling hills, which became mountains (The Berkshires) when we entered Massachusetts.
We made our first rest stop of the day at Guilderland Travel Plaza in New York......