Time was getting on and we decided to pull off the highway and travel south to a little town called Canistota. It was so quiet and looked deserted. We booked in to the Best Western Motel and was warmly greeted by the owner, Jim HALE
Jim told us a few stories and I reckon he was the friendliest man on the planet. His story was quite funny (the way he told it). Jim's real name was Dale and he was adopted by the HALE family at the age of 7 or 8. He didn't want to be known as Dale HALE so his new family let him chose what ever name he wanted. He chose Jim. And then he tells us he was the World Drag Racing Motorcycle Champion in 1968 and 1969. We couldn't believe it. He is now 79 years old but if he said he was 59 we would have believed him.
We unpacked, showered and walked up the street to get some dinner. The town was almost deserted but it you looked carefully there was movement all around. There was almost total silence, quite nice really. It was an Amish town and everyone was shuffling about quietly doing their business. We found this diner but the meal was less than desirable. We were saved by some chocolate from the nearby supermarket.