Hello. Day 44. Niagara Falls to Rochester, NY. 87 miles. 1,834 feet of climbing. Temp on arrival: 83 and very humid.
Our first 40 miles were pretty flat, and we zipped along on smooth roads. There were rollers in the second half of the ride and I confess I wince when I saw them.
I don’t have very good climbing strength, plus Big Red is pretty heavy—compared to all-carbon bikes–so I slip back in our paceline. Actually, the riders behind slow down, and the riders in front also slow a bit so I can catch up on the downhills.
Bless them for their patience.
No good Kodak moments today. Frankly the scenery wasn’t very interesting. More corn and soybean fields, a turf farm, and rather surprisingly, lots of open, uncultivated land.
I didn’t get a sense of prosperity, despite some pretty houses and well-tended yards.
Barns had peeling paint and silos were often wrapped in vines.
I had no sense of vibrancy like I did in Ontario, or Wisconsin and Minnesota.
My only picture was a quick shot of the snack offerings at our first rest stop. Fabulous zucchini bread by Wilmington Julie, wife of rider, Deb. Julie is accompanying Deb to Portsmouth.
For more pictures, I dug into the archives and pulled these two from Wall, SD. These fellas were watching staff members Deanna and Rob.
Would love to have gone into Rochester to see the Eastman Museum.
And as I’m sure you know, Rochester was home to Kodak. It’s also the home of the renowned Eastman School of Music where Dave got his Master’s degree in 1979 in piano performance.
To my surprise, I was able to get the Relive videos going
again yesterday. The rides across Ontario:
Not sure my Relive video will come through for today, so here’s Dave’s ride