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We had seen this place across the street from the Travel Lodge, and planned on walking across the street to eat there for dinner. That was before we found the Travel Lodge only had a few smoking rooms left, and we ended up staying elsewhere. Still, the sign said they had prime rib and lobster, etc.
After we found a place to stay, we headed off in search of food. We decided to try The Sirloin Saloon. The parking lot looked pretty full, and we thought there would be a long wait. It turned out there was only 10 minute wait. I think we got there as normal dinner time was winding down
The restaurant had sort of a western motif with lots of Indian stuff too. We were seated, and given menus. My wife looked at the specials, and they listed a teriyaki sirloin thing. I thought that order a teriyaki sirloin steak in a western style steak house might not be a great idea. But there regular menu said it was one of their specialties. I wanted a steak of some sort, and asked the waitress for a recommendation. She said the New York Strip was very good, They came with two sides. I chose the Garlic mashed potatoes, and the salad bar. The salad bar had a great selection of stuff. My only complaint there was the "house" (ranch) dressing was very thin. The garlic mashed potatoes were good. The New York Strip steak was kind of bland, and I almost asked for ketchup. My wifes teriyaki sirloin on the other hand tasted great! The prices were about normal for a steak house. The place was okay. I’d love to try some of the other area restaurants too though. There is undoubtedly some place better.

The original plan was to stay in a campground in Grand Isle, VT. I had gone online and had been researching KOA campgrounds, and I thought there was one on Grand Isle. I liked the KOA campgrounds as they offer free Wi-Fi, and also have the option of cabins (or Kabins as they call them). When we got near Grand Isle, I did a find on my Garmin GPS for campgrounds. But it didn’t show a KOA. We stopped at a gas station and asked about the KOA, and they said there wasn’t one. And they said the state campground didn’t open until the next weekend. Hmmm. The sky looked like rain was coming. We were considering a motel. But most of the motels here looked small and old. Norman Bates/psycho material.
I asked how far Shelburne was, and they said about 45 minutes. Hey, no problem. We stayed at a campground there 12 years ago. As we got near to Shelburne, it was raining. There were a bunch of hotels/motels here. With the rain, we thought it would be nice to stay in a hotel. We stopped at the Travel Lodge who’s sign proclaimed indoor heated pool and free wi-fi! Way cool. It turned out they only had smoking rooms. We decided to pass. We drove up and down the strip and there were lots of hotels. I had an idea! We went back to the Travel Lodge, parked in there parking lot, and I booted up my laptop computer. I got a wi-fi connection!!! Way cool! I connected to Priceline, and Orbitz to look for hotels in Shelburne for the night. The cheapest hotel was well over $150!!!! Ouch!!! We had seen a small motel across the street advertising single rooms for $39. We stopped there, but they were booked. I turned out there are three graduations in the area, and everything is booked!!!! We finally dove down to the nearby campground. The office was closed but the sign said find an empty spot, and come to the office in the morning. They even listed the open spots. I decided to get one with electric power so I could recharge my laptop. The campsite with power hookup cost $26.
We had to set up our tent in the rain, but that was better than paying a fortune for a smelly smoker room that we are just going to be miserable in anyway.

We started our driving trip to New England today. We could have taken the Thruway (I-90) which would have been faster. But we opted to take scenic roads. We chose to drive along the Seaway Trail. The Seaway Trail travels near Lake Ontario. You would think with a name like The Seaway Trail you would be able to actually see the lake. But actually the lake is only visible during relatively short stretches.
We made our way through sleepy little towns. The speed limit is 55 mph for a lot of the way, but you will need to slow down to 45, 40, or even 30 in various speed zones. But we made good time.
Along the way there are many historical sites related to the War Of 1812. We weren’t interested in these though, so we would pass them by.
The worst part was traveling through Watertown, NY. There is a light at the exit of a mall that was way too short. It would only turn green for maybe 20-30 seconds, and only a small number cars would manage to get through the light. It took us at least 4 or 5 cycles to make it through the light.
Once we got passed the mall, we stopped for a bit to look in a used bookstore, and to stretch our legs. I didn’t find anything I was interested in, so we continued on our way.




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