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Some useful information from Mistress Amalie:

Gentles traveling this weekend to Ice Dragon (or, really any other upcoming event in the near future) using the NYS Thruway, please note that every other rest area (i.e., food and bathrooms) is closed due to rebuilding. Gasoline *is* available at each area, however.

These are the current ones AFAIK:

  • Clarence (confirmed under construction)
  • Pembroke (confirmed under construction)
  • Clifton Springs (confirmed under construction)
  • Junius Ponds (confirmed under construction)
  • Chittenango
  • Iroquois
  • Indian Castle
  • New Baltimore
  • Plattekill
  • Ardsley


Also note, in case you haven’t traveled the Thruway in the past year-ish (or so), it is now cashless tolls.

So, if you do not have an EZ-Pass, make sure you watch your for the toll bill that will come in the mail. (From the EZ-Pass website – Tolls by Mail customers will pay 30% above the NY E-ZPass toll rate, in addition to a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement.)

There is a phone number you can call to pay the bill — **826 from a cell phone — as well as a website http://www.tollsbymailny.com/ (or download their app from there) where you can search for your bill by license plate number.