Get Off The Highway

I spend a lot of time driving on the various highways up and down Upstate, NY.  Going here and there on these endless strips of blacktop can be very daunting and boring for someone with such a short attention span.  Yesterday was no exception, where I spent over 400 miles riding along Rt. 90.  Still with about 60 miles to go until I reached my final destination, and with some time to spare, I got off the highway and took a nice scenic drive along the back roads of Rt. 5 heading east.

I started in St. Johnsville,  home of the Famous Beardslee Castle.  There are so many tales about this historic site being haunted but did you know that it’s also a fine dining restaurant with amazing food?

beardslee castle

Next comes Nelliston where I bought my first car all on my own well over a decade ago.

Watch out for the horse and buggy


Passed the El Rancho Drive In Theater along the little town of Palatine Bridge


I can see the congested Thruway (Rt 90) on the other side of the beautiful Mohawk River asI glide smoothly by all the farms, towns and scenery.  Knowing that I would have missed all of this if I didn’t take the time to slow down and take the road less traveled.

Along Fonda, I can see the Amtrak lines where I would take the train into NY.  Remembering all those stops along the way


Now I can tell I’m getting close to Albany because it becomes progressively busier and more urban.

Amsterdam, Schenectady, the Albany and to the hotel for the evening.

I turned a very tense drive into a relaxing one.  Window down, singing along with the radio.  Nothing can beat it.


Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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