Photo Courtesy of Niagara Gazette
As we approached Lewiston Village, we were greeted by a police escort who graciously cleared the way for us to make it to our first destination on time. Initially we were wondering why we required such assistance, but it soon became apparent. The entire town, it seemed, came to greet us…the streets were overflowing with enthusiastic residents, each donning a “Best of the Road” tee shirt.
As we pulled up to our reserved parking spot and got out of our Honda CRV rally vehicle, Brian and I looked at each other in disbelief. There were literally hundreds of people waiting to say hi to us. As we approached, the crowd greeted us warmly with hi-fives, handshakes and hugs. Kids, as well as adults, were asking for our autographs, requesting that we sign their posters, shirts and even their appendages. It was crazy…neither of us had ever experienced anything like it. We were rock stars, even if only for a flickering moment.
After the hoopla subsided a bit, we were introduced to the Mayor and County Supervisor, both of whom presented us with keys to the city and county. These coveted keys would get us into everyplace we wanted to go over the next couple of days. Not ones to pass up a golden opportunity, we used our new found fame (and keys to the city) to their fullest potential, visiting over a dozen restaurants the following day.
First was our gracious welcoming host…The Silo, a Nationally acclaimed restaurant featured on the “Man vs. Food” show. The Silo is a converted coal silo that fed the Great Lake steamships in the 1920s and 30s. Famous for its signature Haystack sandwich—which is a seasoned rib eye steak with melted mozzarella & toasted hash browns on a hoagie roll. Brian and I both tried the Haystack (when in Rome) along with the Haystack sundae…a dessert with the same name.
After dinner, we strolled along the banks of the Niagara River and ended up at WaterStreet Landing for a cocktail while enjoying the sunset. It was a perfect ending for such a memorable and enjoyable start to our visit in Lewiston.
Our second day in Lewiston would be epic.