Hello. Day 45. Rochester. to Liverpool, NY. 92.4 miles. 1,509 feet of climbing. Temp on arrival: 86 and very humid.
Started the day off with a trip to the Pancake Producer. You push a button and in a minute, two pancakes emerge from a conveyor belt. We don’t want to know what’s in the batter…
It was a fine ride today; lots more Kodak moments, smooth roads, widely varying scenery.
Soon after departure we got on the (Erie) Canalway Trail which runs alongside the Canal.The cyclists in the photo above are Knoxville Bev and Greg.
The Canal runs about 363 miles, from Albany, on the Hudson River, to Buffalo.
It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. When completed in 1825, it was by far the longest canal in the world (expect the Grand Canal (China)) and greatly affected the development and economy of New York, New York City, and the United States.
…It was the first transportation system between the eastern seaboard (New York City) and the western interior (Great Lakes) of the United States that did not require portage.
We rode the trail for about 20 miles, and got to see a tour boat go through Lock #30. A small group of elderly women were on a 7-day cruise (complete with bicycles) and one of them said, “It was the trip of a lifetime.”
For us it was a splendid ride along the canal. Delightfully leisurely.
We left the trail, but stayed on roads that paralleled the canal. Yes, we passed corn and soybeans (for the millionth time!).
And we rode past woodlots, marshes and the blue chicory, Queen Anne’s lace, purple loosestrife, and knee high dandelions that grow along the shoulders.
We’re a smaller group now. Five riders left the tour in Niagara—two to ride to Delaware, one for family obligations, two for work.
Another rider left, but will re-join us in Manchester.
Here’s Dave’s ride video.
Here are some extraordinary photos from the National Geographic Photographer of the Year Contest.
Tomorrow: 79 miles to Little Falls, NY