2400 miles, 14 states, 4 guys, 1 Volvo Part 3 (Buffalo to Cleveland)

The next day, we woke up early and mildly hungover and a plan to see one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls. First, we decided to get some breakfast to properly fuel ourselves for the roughly 200-mile drive to Cleveland, Ohio. We decided to go to a small diner for breakfast and our stop this morning was Bertha’s Diner.

We picked up some quintessential diner food before hitting the road to Niagara Falls. The falls are genuinely breathtaking, just the sheer force of the thousands of gallons of water that fall every single second is breathtaking.

After spending some time admiring the insane views, we decided to head towards Cleveland. With a stop in Erie, PA to check out the lake its named after. On the way, we stopped off to pick up some light snacks which is where Carl and I did a driver change. As we headed towards Erie, Carl was having issues with the McDonalds he purchased, and soon after a much-needed stop we promptly went to the frozen lake.

As the four of us stepped out on to the beach, we were greeted with a vast expanse of ice. We decided for fun just to walk onto the ice just a little bit. At the time it seemed like a smart idea, but in reality, it was idiotic. As we stepped onto the ice, we heard cracking and immediately ran off the ice and safely into the warm refuge of the car.

Eventually, we ended up flying across the I-90 and crossed into Ohio and soon Cleveland. After a short error with our Waze app, we arrived at our home in Cleveland for two nights. After settling into the Airbnb, we decided to head to Walmart to pick up supplies for a typical college student night of ridiculousness.

Subsequently, we headed for the Great Lakes Brewing Company for dinner. We each ordered some hearty food including Pirogis, a Polish dish which is also popular in this city. We also ordered different varieties of the brewing company’s beer. I was a personal fan of the Irish ale as it complimented my grilled fish and pirogis quite nicely.

After a simple dinner, it was time to retire for the night and get up to a typical college student themed night of beer, music and absurd commentary.