**Republished August 3, 2021**
This is Day 1 of our 4-day Labor Day weekend vacation.
Shortly before 1:00 pm today, we departed Warren PA en route Horseheads NY.
We purchased a new GPS (Garmin nuvi 65LM) recently and plan to use it for our trip to Arkansas later this month. We will be traveling by car and motorcycle, when we go to Arkansas. Bob will use the old GPS on the motorcycle, and I will use the new GPS in the car. The new GPS has a larger display and more features than our old GPS, and we are using this trip to acclimate ourselves to the functions of the new GPS. We had the GPS set for the shortest route. The GPS directed us to two non-existing roads. We changed the setting from shortest route to fastest route and had no more issues. I love the larger display of our new GPS. The Up Ahead feature, where you can easily find places you want – like restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and shops – without leaving the map, is helpful.
We stopped for lunch around 2:30 pm at Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, NY. It is rare that we stop at Sprague’s other than for breakfast. Bob ordered a char-grilled center cut boneless pork chop dinner, served with maple baked beans, garden salad and maple-cinnamon applesauce. Breakfast is served all day at Sprague’s. I ordered the “Main Line” – two pancakes, two eggs and bacon. I ordered crisp bacon. The bacon arrived burned to a crisp. The waitress quickly provided me less crisp (fried just right) bacon. Our respective lunches were very good.
We arrived in Horseheads around 5:15 pm and checked into the Rodeway Inn Marshall Manor, our home in the Finger Lakes region for the weekend. This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel. Our hotel room is the same room we had, when we last stayed at this hotel in June 2014.
Our red Nissan is parked in front of our hotel room.
Our hotel accommodation is a spacious room with two double beds, a nightstand, a small dresser, an upholstered bench, table and two chairs, TV, microwave, and refrigerator. The bathroom is of a good size. There are two sinks, one in the bathroom and one inside the room. Outside, there are picnic tables, a gazebo with tables and chairs, and a pool.
About an hour after checking in, we drove to the nearby Jubilee grocery store and picked up pop and beer and some snacks for the three nights we will be here. We found a friendly-looking Frankenstein at the Jubilee.
We had no plans for rest of day, except to relax. That is exactly what we did. We didn’t even go out for dinner, choosing instead to eat in our hotel room. We dined on cheese and pepperoni sticks, almonds, peaches and tuna salad with crackers.
I don’t know what I did to my back, while sleeping last night. My lower back has been hurting since I awakened. A hot shower, a 24-hour anti-inflammatory pill and four Tylenol for Arthritis pills have not stopped the pain. I did not envision spending my Labor Day weekend sitting in our hotel room with a heating pad on my back. That, however, is exactly what happened this evening. I hope my back feels better tomorrow!