On leaving Erie (an hour and a half late) I travelled through the wine growing region of Pennsylvania. No, I didn’t know they grew wine grapes there either. There are far more wine growing areas in the US than we Europeans know about.
We then spent hours travelling through wooded areas. Despite these pictures of leaves starting to turn, most of the woods were still bright green, the end of August is a little too early for leaf-peeping. The woodland was also interspersed with clearings of wild flowers. I can see how later in the year this route would be quite spectacular.
Near Buffalo we met the Mohawk River. The river is large and slow flowing with many small tributaries before it meets the Hudson just north of Albany. The train follows the Hudson river and clouds provided fantastic lighting of the wide expanse of the river and the bridges crossing it.
To my surprise at one point I spotted a lone kayaker on the Hudson
On my arrival in Poughkeepsie I was met quite formally by the friend I am staying with in New York State
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