From Ithaca I headed south and explored some of New York's Southern Tier: Spencer, Candor, Gridleyville, Wilseyville, Danby. I didn't use a map or GPS at all. I just picked roads that looked interesting, paved or not, and enjoyed the countryside. When I decided it was time to start heading back, I used the compass that is mounted at the top of the windshield, and found my way back to Ithaca.
I headed north along the east side of Cayuga Lake, stopping in the hamlet of Ludlowville, a small town that I discovered about 40 years ago and fell in love with. No major routes run through Ludlowville, so it is not easy to find. It has a nice collection of mostly Victorian houses (plus a few earlier). In the 1960s and 70s, Ludlowville was rediscovered by a number of "hippies" from Cornell University, who bought and restored homes in the sleepy little town, shaping it into a progressive little suburb of Ithaca. I saw no Trump signs in Ludlowville, but was dismayed to see so many in the red-neck towns of the Southern Tier.
There is a wonderful old school building, tucked away behind the single block of commercial buildings in Ludlowville. The school was built around 1905, and has been abandoned for about 50 years. It is all wood construction, and I was amazed that it is still standing.
Another wonderful feature of Ludlowville is its waterfall. Near the center of town is a small park, the former site of an early mill and inn, with a spectacular waterfall. The waterfall has a large, space behind the falls that can only be reached by swimming across the pool at the bottom of the falls. There were several dozen people in the water and sunning themselves on the rocks at the base of the falls. I wanted to join them, but did not want to intrude on their little piece of paradise.
A sign on the Onondaga Indian Reservation, just south of Syracuse.
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A nicely-detailed Greek Revival style house (c.1845) in Poolville, NY.
One of the Victorian houses of Ludlowville.
The abandoned Ludlowville School.
The waterfall in Ludlowville.