Day Two- Ithaca to Rouses Point NY – 375 miles

We started out by continuing on NY13 to Cortland where we picked up I-81 and blasted up to Watertown.  Traffic on I-81 wasn’t bad and we hit Syracuse at a good time.  Before we knew it we were off on NY12E headed west toward Cape Vincent.  We took a couple of side roads around Chaumont Bay hoping to find the spot where we stopped in 1997 but to no avail.  We went around Point Salubrious on NY125.  This area was lined with vacation homes on the water side, and the going was slow.  Back out onto NY12E we continued east through the small town of Chaumont and over the Chaumont river and turned left on NY57. This area was mostly marsh areas as we continued toward Cape Vincent and now on NY6.  Before we knew it we were in Cape Vincent and we stopped at a park bench looking out at the river and Lake Ontario (KMZ).   We continued on and began thinking about lunch.  We stopped at Alexandria Bay NY for lunch (KMZ) and found a great place on the wharf where we sat outside and grabbed a bit and a brew.  Our view as we ate was the Boldt Castle.  At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size Rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island.  The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.  I’m sure it is probably a neat place to visit, but of course, this was not on our agenda.  So, we took some pictures and moved on.  We were now on NY 12 and just past Chippewa Bay we stopped at a scenic overlook that caught our eye just north of the town of Chippewa Bay (KMZ).  We ran along the St. Lawrence River on NY12 and NY37 all the way to Massena.  Once in Massena NY37 takes a trek toward the south to Malone where we picked up US11 and into Rouses Point.  We picked our hotel in Rouses Point online, but there wasn’t much detail (KMZ).  It turned out fairly well.  The hotel had a nice restaurant and was a fairly large complex.  We sat outside our room shot the breeze with a couple riding from Ottawa in Canada.  Later in the evening we walked a short distance into town.  There was much going on but there a couple of bars open but we did not stop in.