Hello!! It’s Hugh Yamada!!!!
Today we went through Rome, NY and are staying a night in Vienna, NY!!
Who thought there would be a Rome and a Vienna in New York!!!
A couple days ago, we went through Russia and New Russia as well :)
In Rome, there are lots of Italian families and one of the bar/restaurants we stopped by showed us a photo of their townies with Frank Sinatra! They said he came here to perform in the town.
In Rome, they had lots of cute fire hydrants!
Right now, we are heading to Syracuse. There is a famous canal from Albany to Buffalo called the Erie Canal and it goes through where we are now, so we decided to take that route to get to Syracuse. The Erie Canal was made before trains existed.
From New York City, people used the Hudson River to get Albany. Then people used this Erie Canal all the way to Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY. From Lake Erie, they used the Great Lakes to get to Chicago, Detroit, etc...
The Erie Canal was one of the most important routes for creating today’s USA. This Canal continues for 363 miles which makes it the second longest canal in the world. (The longest one is in China.)
There were no trains before this, and transporting things with carts was too expensive at that time. Because of this, they were able to cut 95% of the transportation cost by using the Erie Canal with animals.
According to Wikipedia, the Erie Canal actually started construction in Rome, NY, where we just went through earlier today.
Since we started this Going S Adventure, we have met many people saying the Erie Canal is on their bucket lists. The Erie Canal is not only a historical place but also a very important place for American citizens in their hearts.
There is a song called “Fifteeen Miles on the Erie Canal” which is a folk song about going 15 miles on the Erie Canal with a mule. Jay was singing this song while we were heading there and riding by the canal.
The song was written in 1905 and the composer wrote this when they changed from using mules to engines.
The composer was remembering how it was with mules and it has some nostalgic feeling to it. Maybe that’s why people loved this song and why it is still sung by many people today.
“Good Old Days”
Here is a YouTube link with the music and with some photos of that period.
Now there are no more mules on the canal.
However bicycles are there!