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Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« on: October 23, 2022, 10:05:50 PM »

Announcing my 2023 road meet hosting effort to be held on Saturday July 29, this time focusing on the city of Buffalo, NY, a city I lived in for a few years during my time at the University at Buffalo not so long ago.  It’s a city with a lot to explore and talk about, not just on the topic of roads & bridges, but also when it comes to its rich history of industry, architecture, and culture. It's also a short drive away from scenic destinations across southern Ontario, including the Welland Canal and Niagara Falls. Whether you’re coming just for the day or for an extended trip in order to better explore the region as a whole, I hope to see you there and hope you enjoy!

A preliminary outline of the day’s events (subject to change/alteration) is provided below. Updates will be provided over the coming weeks/months as new information becomes available.
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Pre-Meet Event: “Canalside”/Buffalo Waterfront walking tour --- 9:00 AM (bring your own coffee!)

Lunch Location: Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 --- 11:30 AM

Preliminary Meet Tour Highlights:
Bridges of the Buffalo River & South Buffalo’s Industrial Heritage
Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Redevelopment & the beloved Skyway
The Shoreline Trail’s Signature Pedestrian Bridge & Peace Bridge overlook
Broderick Park and the Black Rock Canal Drawbridge
Unity Island and the International Railway Bridge
Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park and the Buffalo Parkway System
NY 33/Kensington Expressway and the plan to “Re-Connect” Humboldt Parkway

***Post-Meet Ballgame: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders @ Buffalo Bisons (6:05 PM ET, Sahlen Field); seating in reserved Luxury Suite
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2022, 10:08:19 PM »

I guess the real question will be if there will be signs all over the city about the Bills finally winning a Super Bowl.
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2022, 11:22:30 PM »

i won't lie, your last sentence is the single most likely thing to draw me in

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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2022, 07:52:06 AM »

Am ready and angery already.

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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2022, 09:08:53 AM »

Man, Steph and I will be coming back from Albuquerque NM earlier that week and will have to work that day so we are out, a good friend of ours (non road geek) lives in the area too
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2022, 12:48:48 PM »

Sounds interesting!  For me it will be dependent on what other meets I'm planning to attend, when the family picnic is (usually sometime around this time of year, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how things shake out), and any other travel plans I might end up having.  I probably won't be able to make a definitive decision until mid/late March at the very earliest.
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2022, 03:17:20 PM »

i personally was hoping to gun for my usual seat at 106A2 for a SWB/BUF game. We shall see
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2022, 07:18:57 PM »

Consider me interested in going! I definitely do want to explore Buffalo a bit more sometime this summer.
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2022, 08:53:17 AM »

The MD Roads crew is in! I last visited Buffalo in 2018 when I was six weeks pregnant with Rainee and have wanted to go back for quite a while now. I think we'll need to look into getting Rainee her first passport so that she can clinch her first new country!

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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2022, 09:16:56 AM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2022, 09:27:00 AM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2022, 10:23:51 AM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.

I agree with you on that.  Hence part of why I sight clinched the NY 384 and I-190 bridges up in Niagara Falls in August (and I probably would have even if I had a passport).
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2022, 03:16:30 PM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.

I agree with you on that.  Hence part of why I slight clinched the NY 384 and I-190 bridges up in Niagara Falls in August (and I probably would have even if I had a passport).

So based on what I'm reading, if you ride Maid of the Mist from Niagara Falls, NY, you cross briefly into Canadian waters and you don't need a passport. We will likely do this the Sunday after the meet, which could be a really fun post-meet activity for others who are staying longer than a day in the Buffalo/Niagara area!

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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2022, 03:20:18 PM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.

I agree with you on that.  Hence part of why I slight clinched the NY 384 and I-190 bridges up in Niagara Falls in August (and I probably would have even if I had a passport).

So based on what I'm reading, if you ride Maid of the Mist from Niagara Falls, NY, you cross briefly into Canadian waters and you don't need a passport. We will likely do this the Sunday after the meet, which could be a really fun post-meet activity for others who are staying longer than a day in the Buffalo/Niagara area!
Prepare for the sardine walk to the elevator... :D
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2022, 08:51:30 PM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.
A two-day road meet could have a second day in Canada. If that's the case, it would probably start and end there so that this would become a non-issue - you cross each way independent of the meet.

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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2022, 10:20:12 PM »

I guess I should ask now if we are planning to enter Canada so I can move forward with getting a passport.
I don't think that Dan has any intention on crossing the border as part of the official meet tour. The border crossing in and of itself and customs is a great way to get the group broken up (a car in the entourage is chosen for a secondary as an example). I'm certain that he tries to keep the potential of that happening to a minimum. Even if the group doesn't get broken up, the queue leading up to the crossing and customs can be a very time consuming endeavor.

Also keep in mind that we'd have to re-enter the United States and deal with US customs. Trying to explain why we spent 34 minutes in Canada is certain to raise red flags.
A two-day road meet could have a second day in Canada. If that's the case, it would probably start and end there so that this would become a non-issue - you cross each way independent of the meet.
or in my case continue west in Canada to M-
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Re: Buffalo, NY Road & Travel Enthusiasts Meeting - July 29, 2023
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2022, 11:36:35 PM »

Announcing my 2023 road meet hosting effort to be held on Saturday July 29, this time focusing on the city of Buffalo, NY...

Penciling it in on my calendar now.

***Post-Meet Ballgame: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders @ Buffalo Bisons (TBD ET, Sahlen Field)

(*** - Ballgame start time will be announced at a future date. For this event, Iíll be looking to reserve a Luxury Suite for the game when tickets go on sale; Iíll provide more information on this when the time comes.)

As long as it doesn't fall on Star Wars Night (The last couple of years they've had it, it's been in early June).  My brother-in-law usually rents a suite that night and the game itself is usually a sellout.  The suite isn't a bad idea if you can get a hold of one.
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2022, 08:04:42 AM »

Definitely interested!
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2022, 08:49:12 PM »

As long as it doesn't fall on Star Wars Night (The last couple of years they've had it, it's been in early June).  My brother-in-law usually rents a suite that night and the game itself is usually a sellout.  The suite isn't a bad idea if you can get a hold of one.

Star Wars night is Saturday 6/3 so that's one less thing to worry about.
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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2023, 05:51:09 PM »

Yay! Finally a meet that's super close to me haha
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2023, 04:14:50 PM »

Penciling it in on my calendar now.

Just learning that my high school class is having their 30 year reunion that weekend with the main event being planned for the 29th in the Rochester area.   That said, I am still planning on attending the meet, however my presence will probably be limited to lunch and the first part of the tour.  I'll know more in the coming weeks.
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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2023, 01:22:19 PM »

Small update here as we start to think about emerging from our winter slumber. A Facebook event page has been created and can be reached at the link below. The page itself is "public" so it can be viewed/shared by anyone who may/may not be interested in the event itself. As is typical, I'll do the best I can to keep the updates current both here and on that page so that folks are kept in the loop as well as possible. Lastly, I did invite a lot of people myself but its likely I missed a fair number of folks I'm not in contact with over there so please feel free to invite others or invite yourself if I didn't catch you.

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« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2023, 10:54:19 AM »

If the demand is there, I'm open to hosting a Friday night event downtown Buffalo for dinner.
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2023, 03:45:28 PM »

It's a *remote* possibility for me.

Are you planning to enter Canada during this meetup?  I have a passport, BUT I would need to notify my security office of any planned foreign travel at least 30 days ahead of the trip.

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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2023, 04:04:42 PM »

It's a *remote* possibility for me.

Are you planning to enter Canada during this meetup?  I have a passport, BUT I would need to notify my security office of any planned foreign travel at least 30 days ahead of the trip.

There's no plan to enter Canada during the meet event itself.
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