Diary - Day 32




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Day 32 Sunday June 12th Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Watkins Glen NY, USA


Cundy Picture


Finally leaving Toronto, after a welcome break, for Watkins Glen NY - 09.15 & 24C(75F). Memories are of a truly vibrant city.
We face the delights and challenges of the border crossing to the USA.
On leaving we refuel at a Shell Garage on Spadini and find the cashier comes from Ilford in UK, knows about Morgan’s, aims to get Canadian citizenship and then to return to UK, all in two minutes! With grey clouds we started with hood up, we catch up with torrential rain after 30 miles and other braver souls we pass seem drenched
Canadian driving horrors are exacerbated in the wet – presumably they are so used to driving on snow and ice and so feel invincible!
The sheer size of the Ford Plant at Oakville “Home of the Freestar” seems much more striking from the vantage of an elevated route.
I detect a new hand in the mapping (also in later days) with a false exit recommended and after slotting off; only then does Kemosabe mention the recommendation to stay on QEW! Meet Cressy’s and others in same predicament but situation is easily retrieved. Meet solid rain again some 10 miles for the border crossing and fall in behind the Fryear’s.


Pleasantly only a 10 minute wait - 6 gates and 5 cars ahead of us. Jeremy told sternly yet again to stop filming! He could not capture the Lacey’s being strip searched, Morgan that is!
With new instructions from the Peace Bridge within 2 miles we come across a smash with a Canadian Jeep wrong way round on shoulder against barrier with severe frontal smash – hmm… not so invincible in the wet!
At Aurora Beach 11.00 hood comes down, it is pleasantly fresh and on SR20A we find verdant rolling hills and a little bit of Europe, Warsaw, Leicester etc. and a plethora of garage sales it being Sunday – no room so can’t stop!
Everywhere seems to be drenched but with seeming paddy fields at the side, very wet roads awash in places, we are very lucky. At Bristol Mountain we catch sight of ski slopes then forest and cable cars.
By Naples we have five cars behind us (The Myers Star Trek Team moving at warp speed with Satnav!) but as we are very low on petrol a stop is needed – and the obligatory ice cream. Spotted rain drops as we prepare to leave and Tonto’s wise counsel prevailed as with hood up and 2 minutes down the road the heavens opened and shortly saw the aforesaid convoy looking like drowned rats struggling with hoods in the deluge - feeling smug and snug!
Rain continued with us all the way but through the downpour we found the Heron Hill Winery imposing, Keuka Lake – striking shades of Italy. On arriving at Watkins Glen we found our assigned hotel The Chieftain Motel an old fashioned chalet 60’s style establishment a little way out of town. Endless coffee, clean, good for gathering out front and nattering suited us fine. Others lodge at Longhouse Motel or Seneca Clipper Inn.
Early evening saw us meet up at Seneca Lodge bar where we were made very welcome and thereafter three very rapid circuits of the old track behind a deceptively fast and very well driven Plus 4 – thanks.
We partook of an excellent buffet dinner at the centre circuit Glen Club, after signing disclaimers and heard a comprehensive history of earlier racing and how the circuit had been resurrected.


A short drive back and then before we retire some drinks and fruit pies on the veranda courtesy of Alan Marsh.

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