Newburgh. New Paltz. Saugerties. Cairo. Albany. Schenectady. Herkimer. Utica. Barneveld. Forestport. Otter Lake. Old Forge. The cities and towns along the New York Thruway and Route 28 have become familiar markers of my progress into Adirondack State Park. With each town I pass, each building or landmark that I recognize, I know my three-hundred mile drive is getting closer and closer to its ultimate destination. For the second time in two months, I made trips to the Adirondacks on consecutive weekends, enjoying the scenery and my time behind the wheel.
With New York and New Jersey still permitting travel between the two states, my wife decided to spend some more time in the Adirondacks with a dear relative. As I still had work, I happily acted as her own personal chauffeur, traversing New Jersey and much of New York until we were once again in the mountains of upstate. Along the way, I saw amazing views, climbed a mountain, ate great food, and spent some quality time photographing wildlife.
Without further ado… let’s begin:
Adirondack Park, Redux
The First Trip
The Return Trip
Odds and Ends
A Winter Tire Reminder
Before closing, I wanted to share a quick safety reminder. With the winter season rapidly approaching, proper vehicle maintenance is critical to ensuring that you reach your destination safely. One often-overlooked item is tire choice. While consumers might think “all season” tires are acceptable year round, the truth is that tires designed for winter will keep your car on the road and under control to a much greater degree than all-season tires. Nokian Tyres recently released the below video that demonstrates the ice stopping distances of performance all-season tires, all-season tires, all-weather tires (like the Nokian WR G4 tires on my Accord and my wife’s Jeep), and full winter tires:
While many vehicles in the US are sold with all-wheel drive, that will only help a vehicle start moving on a slick surface. Tire choice determines cornering stability and stopping distance on snow and ice. While all-weather or winter tires may be more expensive than regular all-season tires, it’s cheaper than an accident!
It was a fun series of drives to the Adirondacks in upstate New York over the past two weeks. While the late fall and winter months are typically quieter than the summertime, there is still lots to do! Given the care that many businesses and towns have put into operating safely during the pandemic, it is also one of the few places I feel comfortable traveling these days. If you have a chance to tour this magnificent section of our nation, make sure to stop by!
Thanks, as always, for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.