Lake Placid

Lake Placid

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New York Lakes Seaway Itinerary for a 8 day RV Holiday

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Day 1

Start: Tour Beginnings - Albany

The New York Nature tour reccommends flying into New York City and reserving three days to explore the Big Apple, then taking a day-long trip winding up the Hudson Valley towards Albany. Plan on visiting Bear Mountain State Park; tour Sunnyside, the home of author Washington Irving; or visit Val-Kill,  Eleanor Roosevelt’s home. Spend the night in Albany, New York.

Stop 1: Waterford's Canal Harbor Welcome Center

Directions from previous place:     From Albany: * Follow Interstate 787 northwards. * Continue straight northward after the Interstate ends and becomes State Route 787, then turn right onto State Road 32. * Continue along State Road 32 for 1.7 miles, then turn right onto 3rd Street. * From 3rd Street, turn left onto South Street, and then right onto Tugboat Alley. The Welcome Center will be at the end of Tugboat Alley.


Distance from Previous Site:          12 miles / 19.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     20 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          45 minutes

A new interpretive sign indicates the junction of New York's three major heritage corridors - the Hudson River National Heritage Corridor, the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, and the Lakes to Locks Passage.

Stop 2: Slate Valley Museum

Directions from previous place:    

From Tug Boat Alley:

    * Go north to the intersection of South Street.
    * Turn left on South Street.
    * Turn right onto 3rd Street, which will become Highway 4.
    * Continue along Highway 4 for 51.7 miles through the communities of Mechanicville, Schuylerville,      Hudson Falls and Fort Ann to the junction of State Road 22.
    * Go 9.8 miles on State Road 22, and turn left onto Mettowee Street.
    * Continue along Mettowee Street for .8 miles.
    * Turn right onto Glen Street.
    * Turn left onto Main Street.
    * Turn right onto River Street, and continue to the Slate Valley Museum.

Distance from Previous Site:         64 miles / 102.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    1 hour 40 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

The Slate Valley Museum celebrates the rich heritage of the Slate Valley in New York and Vermont. Museum exhibits and programs interpret the geology of slate, the history of quarrying, and the Welsh immigrant culture that is evident in the local communities.

Stop 3: Pember Museum

Directions from previous place:     From the Slate Valley Museum, head north towards Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street, and continue to 33 West and the Pember Museum.
Distance from Previous Site:          0.25 miles / 0.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     2 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

The Pember Museum is a natural history collection of mounted birds and mammals, bird nests and eggs, insects, plants, shells, rocks and minerals. The Pember Library and Museum were established in Granville, New York, in 1909, by Franklin Tanner Pember and his wife Ellen Wood Pember. Both institutions continue to operate in the marble structure designed and built for this purpose. In 1979, the Pember Museum acquired 125 acres of land south of Granville, which became the Pember Nature Preserve. The Pember Museum of Natural History and the Pember Nature Preserve provide programs, exhibits and activities for the people of eastern New York and western Vermont. It is the only institution of its kind in the region and offers lectures, field trips, environmental studies, tours, hikes, day camps, outreach and many other special programs.

Stop 4: Fort Ticonderoga

Directions from previous place:     

From the Pember Museum:

    * Head southwest on Main Street.
    * Bear right onto Quaker Street.
    * Turn left onto Mettowee Street and continue for .6 miles.
    * Turn right onto State Road 22 and continue for 3.3 miles.
    * Turn right onto County Road 12A, and then turn right onto County Road 12 and continue for 9 miles
    * Turn left onto Poultney Street, and then veer right onto Broadway, or State Route 22. Continue for 24.8 miles along State Route 22.
    * Turn right onto State Route 74, where you will find the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga.

Distance from Previous Site:        40 miles / 64.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 8 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          1 hour 30 minutes

This restored 18th Century fort resides on 2000 acres and features museum exhibits and educational programs that focus on the military history of the Lake Champlain and Lake George regions. From the fort, visitors enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. This historic fort still relives a history of pivotal battles and strategic wars that played a part in forming the American, Canadian, and European nations. If you happen to be passing through on Labor Day or at the end of June, you may catch a spectacular re-enactment of battles from the Revolutionary War or the French and Indian War.

End: Lake Placid

Directions from previous place:     

      From Fort Ticonderoga:
          o Head north, and then turn left onto State Route 74 and continue for 1.2 miles.
          o Turn right to continue along State Route 22/74 for 18.8 miles.
          o Merge onto I-87 Northbound.
          o Take Exit 30 and then turn left onto US 9. Continue for 2.2 miles
          o Turn slight left onto NY-73 and continue for 27.5 miles into the community of Lake Placid.

Distance from Previous Site:        66 miles / 105.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 19 minutes

You will spend your first night in Lake Placid. Lake Placid has hosted two Winter Olympics and is a major recreational center in the Adirondacks, with a year-round operating ski resort. Lake Placid features excellent accommodations, so call ahead for reservations.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     182.25 miles / 291.6 km
Total Travel Time:                     4 hours 29 minutes
Total Stopping Time:                3 hours 15 minutes

 

Day 2

Stop 1: Alexandria Bay

Directions from previous place:     

From Lake Placid:

    * Head southwest on State Route 73 or Sentinel Road.
    * Turn right onto Mill Pond Drive.
    * Turn left to stay on Mill Pond Drive and Continue for .8 miles.
    * Turn right onto Old Military Road and continue for 1.4 miles.
    * Turn left onto State Route 86 and continue for 6.1 miles.
    * Turn left onto River Street, and continue straight onto State Route 3, or the George Lapan Memorial highway. Follow State Route 3 for 20.5 miles.
    * Take two consecutive right turns onto Mill Street and Lake Street to stay on Route 3 and continue for 48 miles.
    * Turn right onto State Route 58 and continue for 22.3 miles.
    * Turn left onto US-11 and continue for 17.8 miles.
    * Turn right onto State Route 26 and continue for 6.3 miles.
    * Turn right onto Main Street to continue along State Route 26 for .5 miles.
    * Turn right onto Alex Bay Road, and continue for .8 miles.
    * Turn right onto State Route 26, continue for 1.6 miles, and then turn left to continue along State Route 26 for another 4.6 miles.
    * Turn left to stay on State Road 26 for 3.8 more miles, and you will have reached Alexandria Bay.

Locate your accommodations and prepare for an excellent time on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
 

Distance from Previous Site:       136.09 miles / 217.7 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      3 hours
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

You will spend the next two nights in Alexandria Bay, in the 1000 Islands region of northwestern New York. Alexandria Bay is a central location on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, the second America's Byway of our tour. Check into your accommodations.

Stop 2: Boldt Castle

Directions from previous place:     In Alexandria, navigate from your lodgings to Church Street. Follow Church Street northwest to the docks on the St. Lawrence River. Here you can find several different boat tour operators willing to take you to Heart Island, the home of Boldt Castle.
 

Distance from Previous Site:           1 miles / 1.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:    15 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:            2 hours

Looking like it dropped straight from the shores of Germany's Rhine River, Boldt Castle is a magnificent six-story island castle in the heart of the Thousand Islands area. In 1900, a millionaire by the name of George C. Boldt went to work building a castle with over 120 rooms for his wife, Louise. Yet the fantasy castle was not to be. When Louise died shortly after the work commenced, George lost all interest in the castle and it was abandoned. Seventy years later, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property and restored and improved the structure. The first level of the castle is now a museum, filled with exhibits dedicated to the lives of George and Louise Boldt and the development of the Thousand Island region. After your tour, return to your choice of lodging and rest up for the next day.

End: Alexandria Bay

Directions from previous place:     After your tour, return to your choice of lodging and rest up for the next day.
Distance from Previous Site:           1 miles / 1.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:   15 minutes

Totals for Day 2

Total Distance Traveled:     138.09 miles / 220.9 km
Total Travel Time:                      3 hours 30 minutes
Total Stopping Time:                 2 hours 30 minutes

 

Day 3

Stop 1: Antique Boat Museum

Directions from previous place:     

From your accommodations in Alexandria:

    * Navigate to State Route 12, or the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
    * Head east along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail for 11 miles to reach State Street in Clayton.
    * Turn right onto Alexandria Street, and then left onto Mary Street.
    * The Antique Boat Museum is located at 750 Mary Street.

Distance from Previous Site:          11.72 miles / 18.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     20 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:             1 hour 30 minutes

Situated on one of the loveliest harbors in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum offers the whole family a perfect setting for summer fun. Experience a priceless collection of over 200 antique boats, take a quiet ride in a St. Lawrence Skiff or thunder down the River in a gleaming mahogany runabout. Round out your visit by browsing the River Memories Gift shop and consider enrolling in a boat building or restoration class.

Stop 2: Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center

Directions from previous place:     

From the Antique Boat Museum:

    * Head southwest on Mary Street and turn left onto Theresa Street.
    * Turn right onto State Street (State Route 12), which is a part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
    * Continue to follow State Route 12 for 31 miles, passing through Cape Vincent.
    * Turn right onto State Route 180 and continue for 5 miles.
    * Take a slight right onto State Route 3 and continue for 2.5 miles.
    * Turn right onto Sulphur Springs Road, and continue for 1.4 miles into Sacketts Harbor.
    * The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center is located on the corner of Ray Street and West Main Street.

Distance from Previous Site:         41 miles / 65.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      1 hour
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour 30 minutes

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center is an authoritative introduction to any visit. Interactive exhibits highlight the many cultural and historic activities along the trail. You can command at a tall ship's wheel, test your knowledge of War of 1812 trivia, and view one-of-a-kind murals.

Several characters enhance your visit to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. An animated Ulysses S. Grant, who played checkers in this building as a young officer, greets you at the entrance. You can chat with lake and salmon anglers about fishing, or visit the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Talking Cow to learn about the many fresh farm products available along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

When you have finished exploring the Discovery Center, return to your lodgings at Alexandria Bay.

End: Alexandria Bay

Directions from previous place:     

      From the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center:
          o Follow Main Street southeast for 1.4 miles.
          o Turn left onto State Route 3 and continue for 8 miles.
          o Veer left to merge onto Interstate 81, then follow I-81 for 25 miles.
          o Take Exit 50N, then continue along State Route 12N into Alexandria Bay.

 Distance from Previous Site:         40 miles / 64.0 km
 Travel Time from Previous Site:    45 minutes

 Return to your lodgings at Alexandria Bay.

Totals for Day 3

Total Distance Traveled:     92.72 miles / 148.4 km
Total Travel Time:                   2 hours 5 minutes
Total Stopping Time:              3 hours

 

Day 4

Stop 1: Fort Ontario

Directions from previous place:     

From Alexandria Bay:

    * Navigate to State Route 26, and then head south for 4 miles.
    * Merge onto Interstate 81, and continue for 64 miles.
    * Take Exit 34.
    * Turn right onto State Route 104, and continue for 21 miles into Oswego.
    * Turn left onto 4th Avenue, and continue to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

Distance from Previous Site:     90 miles / 144.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 40 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:     45 minutes

Fort Ontario has played many changing roles throughout history, and through a series of wars. Over the course of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, Fort Ontario was built and destroyed several times. Beginning as a simple log stockade, the fort evolved into its current star shape during the decades after the War of 1812. From 1944 to 1946, the fort also housed refugees from the WWII Holocaust. The fort features living history exhibits, including an array of historical information and artifacts.

Stop 2: Old Sodus Lighthouse

Directions from previous place:     

From Fort Ontario:

    * Follow 4th Avenue northwest and turn left onto W. Seneca Street, State Route 104 W, or the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
    * Continue along State Route 104 W for 14.7 miles until you reach the community of Fair Haven.
    * Continue 6.2 miles south of Fair Haven on Route 104 A, and then turn right onto Route 104.
    * Continue on Route 104 for 2.7 miles.
    * Turn right onto Ridge Road and continue for 1.6 miles.
    * Take a slight right to continue along Ridge Road for another 6.8 miles.
    * Turn right onto Shaker Tract Road, continue for 3 miles.
    * Turn right onto State Route 14 and continue for nearly 3 miles to the Old Sodus Lighthouse.
    * The Old Sodus Lighthouse is located at 7606 N Ontario Street.

Distance from Previous Site:        40 miles / 64.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 24 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:        30 minutes

The Sodus Point Lighthouse provides incredible views of Lake Ontario and the Chimney Bluffs from its lantern room, and the keeper's house doubles as a museum. Since the mid-1800s, the Sodus Bay and lighthouse have been an ideal place for yachtsmen, campers, fishermen and picnickers to enjoy their summer activites.

Stop 3: Charlotte-Genessee Lighthouse

Directions from previous place:     

From Fort Ontario, head south on Wickham Boulevard and turn right on Bay Street, which will become Lake Road.

    * Follow Lake Road for 23 miles, passing through the community of Pultneyville.
    * Veer right to continue along Lake Road for another 4.5 miles.
    * Turn left onto Bay Road. After 2 miles, Bay Road merges with State Route 104 W, continue for another 2.8 miles.
    * Take the Culver Road ramp, and then turn right onto Culver Road. Continue for 2.3 miles, and then turn left onto Lake Shore Boulevard.
    * Follow Lake Shore Boulevard for 3.2 miles.
    * Turn right onto St. Paul Boulevard, and then left onto Pattonwood Drive. Continue for one mile on Pattonwood Drive.
    * Make a right turn onto Lake Road, another right turn on Latta Road, and finally a left turn onto Lighthouse Drive.
    * The Charlotte-Genessee Lighthouse is located at 70 Lighthouse St in Rochester.

Distance from Previous Site:        40.86 miles / 65.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 15 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

The original Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse was built here in 1822 and is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Nearly 200 years after it was built, the lighthouse was restored and converted to a museum. Many historic structures still exist on the same grounds as this lighthouse in Rochester.

End: Rochester

After visiting the Charlotte-Genessee Lighthouse, proceed to your lodgings in Rochester.

Totals for Day 4

Total Distance Traveled:     170.86 miles / 273.4 km
Total Travel Time:                     4 hours 19 minutes
Total Stopping Time:                1 hour 45 minutes

 

Day 5

Stop 1: George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film

Directions from previous place:     From your lodgings in Rochester, navigate to 900 East Avenue. The George Eastman House will be on the north side of the street.
Distance from Previous Site:          5 miles / 8.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:   20 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour

Originally the home of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, this Georgian-revival mansion contains the world's preeminent photography museum and one of the oldest film archives in America. Learn about the history of photography, or watch a film preserved from the early 20th Century.

Stop 2: Strong Museum & National Toy Hall of Fame

Directions from previous place:     From the George Eastman Museum, turn right and head west on East Avenue for 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Pitkin Street, and continue for 0.4 miles. Make a slight right onto Monroe Avenue, and then turn right onto Manhattan Square Drive. The Strong Museum is located at 1 Manhattan Square Drive.
Distance from Previous Site:          1.5 miles / 2.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     5 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:           1 hour 30 minutes

The Strong Museum fetaures 500,000 objects dealing with everyday American life, including historic toys and games, homecrafts, and even advertisements. The museum also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame.

End: Rochester, Second Day

After visiting the Strong Museum, spend the day experiencing the sights, sounds, and shops of Rochester. For more information on things to do in Rochester, visit the Rochester Downtown site. Return to your lodgings after your second day in Rochester.

Totals for Day 5

Total Distance Traveled:     6.5 miles / 10.4 km
Total Travel Time:               25 minutes
Total Stopping Time:            2 hours 30 minutes

 

Day 6

Stop 1: Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse

Directions from previous place:     

From the Rochester City Center:

    * Follow Interstate 490 west for 3 miles.
    * Take Exit 9A to head north on State Route 390. Continue for 7.8 miles.
    * Merge onto the Lake Ontario State Parkway, a part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, and continue for 32 miles.
    * Take the Lakeside Beach Exit, and turn left onto Lakeside Beach Road.
    * Turn right onto Roosevelt Highway and continue for 13.3 miles.
    * Turn right onto Carmen Road and continue for 1.2 miles.
    * Turn right onto Lower Lake Road and continue to the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse in Golden Hill State Park10: Turn RIGHT onto LOWER LAKE RD. 0.3 miles 11: End at Golden Hill State Park 9691 Lower Lake Rd, Barker, NY 14012, US Map Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes

Distance from Previous Site:          59 miles / 94.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     1 hour 11 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

Located in Golden Hill State Park, Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse is a great photo opportunity. As visitors explore the park and take a walk around this 1875 lighthouse, the life and times of a lighthouse come into view through informational signs. During its years of operation, a lighthouse keeper lived in it to attend to its maintenance. The lighthouse keeper would light the wick, make sure there was sufficient oil, trim the wick, and polish the lens of the light. Other buildings situated around Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse include a foghorn building, a carriage house, outhouses, and oil houses.

Stop 2: Old Fort Niagara

Directions from previous place:     

From Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse:

    * Head west on Lower Lake Road.
    * Turn left onto Carmen Road and continue for 1.2 miles.
    * Turn right onto Lake Road and continue for 26.3 miles.
    * Turn right onto Robert Moses State Parkway and continue for 2.1 miles.
    * Take the NY-18/Fort Niagara ramp and merge onto Robert Moses State Parkway. Continue for 1 mile. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit.
    * Continue for .5 miles.
    * Turn slight right onto Scott Avenue, then continue to the entrance of Old Fort Niagara.

Distance from Previous Site:          32 miles / 51.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     48 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:            1 hour

Under three different flags, Old Fort Niagara stood for over 200 years. The French recognized the importance of the location and built temporary forts here as early as 1678 under La Salle. In 1726, the actual Old Fort Niagara, which stands today, was built by the French and was a key location for fur traders. The fort bothered Great Britain who wanted to control this settlement. In 1759, after an 18–day siege, the fort was surrendered to the English who improved it and continued to use it in the fur trade. It was used as a base for launching attacks in New York during the American Revolution. However, after the American Revolution, Great Britain relinquished the fort to the fledgling United States. Great Britain would reclaim the fort temporarily during the War of 1812, but following the war, the United States took control once again.

End: Niagara Falls

Directions from previous place:     

      From Old Fort Niagara:
          o Go southeast on Scott Avenue for .7 miles.
          o Turn slight right onto Main Street and continue for 5.5 miles. Main Street will become Lower River Road.
          o Turn left onto Oneida Street.
          o Turn right onto N 4th Street.
          o Turn left onto Center Street and continue for 0.7 miles.
          o Take the Route 104-W ramp towards I-190 and Canada. Continue for .2 miles.
          o Turn slight right onto Lewiston Road and continue for 5.1 miles.
          o Turn right onto Main Street and continue into Niagara Falls.
      Distance from Previous Site:     9 miles / 14.4 km
      Travel Time from Previous Site:     20 minutes

Spend the next two nights of your trip in Niagara Falls, a city full of history, nature, and excitement.

Totals for Day 6

Total Distance Traveled:     100 miles / 160.0 km
Total Travel Time:                     2 hours 19 minutes
Total Stopping Time:                1 hour 30 minutes

 

Day 7

Stop 1: Niagara Falls State Park

Directions from previous place:     

Make your way from your lodgings to Niagara Falls State Park, which spans the Niagara River near Rainbow Bridge.

Suggested Time at This Site:     12 hours

Once believed to be the sacred dwelling place of the Native American Thunder Being Henon, Niagara Falls is now a cultural icon. For decades, people have made it their vacation destination. The falls actually consist of two parts: the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The American Falls is on the U.S. side, while Horseshoe Falls is shared by the U.S. and Canada. Horseshoe Falls is the widest at 2200 feet, but the American Falls are the taller of the two at 184 feet. The two of them combine to form a grand spectacle of water gushing off the cliffs, creating a foamy whiteness the color of snow. Visitors gather at overlooks on Goat Island or take a tour under the falls themselves. The Maid of the Mist is a boat that will take visitors close to the bottom of the falls. Take a long look at the falls from overlooks on Goat Island, or take a tour under the falls themselves. The Maid of the Mist is a boat that will take visitors close to the bottom of the falls. Visit the visitor center, gardens, gift shops, restaurants, and the Niagara Falls aquarium. Then, once night has fallen, see the falls lit up in a spectacular light show.

End: Niagara Falls, Second Night

After a full day at Niagara Falls State Park, return to your lodgings for the night.

Totals for Day 7

Total Distance Traveled:     0 miles / 0.0 km
Total Travel Time:                 0 minutes
Total Stopping Time:          12 hours

 

Day 8

Stop 1: William Seward House

Directions from previous place:     From Harriet Tubman's Home, head a mile south on South Street to the 33 South Street, the location of the Seward House.
Distance from Previous Site:           1 miles / 1.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     3 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:         30 minutes

Visit the home of William Henry Seward, who served as Governor of New York, United States Senator, and Secretary of State to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Guided tour includes Civil War Era memorabilia.

Stop 2: Harriet Tubman's Home

Directions from previous place:     

From your lodgings in Niagara Falls:

    * Follow I-190 S to the junction of I-290 E.
    * Take Exit 16 towards Tonawanda and Rochester, and continue for 10 miles.
    * Take Exit 1-49 on the left to merge onto I-90 E.
    * Continue along I-90 for 100 miles.
    * Take Exit 41 toward Seneca Falls.
    * Turn slight right onto Ridge Road.
    * Turn left onto NY-318 and continue for 4.1 miles.
    * Turn slight left onto US-20 E / NY-5 E. Continue for 11.2 miles.
    * Turn slight right onto Clark Street.
    * Turn right onto Dill Street.
    * Turn right onto South Street and continue for 1 mile to Harriet Tubman's home at 180 South Street.

Distance from Previous Site:        139 miles / 222.4 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:       2 hours 32 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

Visit the last home of Harriet Tubman, a famed worker on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, in Auburn, New York.

End: Syracuse

Spend the rest of your day in the Syracuse area. You can tour the Museum of Automobile History, visit the grounds of Cornell University, or rent a boat and go boating on beautiful Cayuga Lake.

Totals for Day 8

Total Distance Traveled:     140 miles / 224.0 km
Total Travel Time:                     2 hours 35 minutes
Total Stopping Time:                1 hour

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