Hello. Day 46. Liverpool to Little Falls, NY. 80.1 miles. 1,739 feet of climbing. Temp on arrival: 84 and steamy.
From about mile 50 on, it was a git ‘er done ride. Going through Utica was not fun. Narrow shoulder that featured potholes, cracks, broken pavement and bumps. Oh, and cars whizzing by.
We more or less paralleled the Erie Canal and the NY State Thruway (aka, I-90).
No Kodak moments on the ride, so I walked into Little Falls in search of pictures. The falls here are indeed little.
I think what I was seeing was a town that has re-invented itself and is struggling (?) to survive. Impossible to gauge it’s prosperity on a quick walkabout.
Here are two shots of the (former) Vincent Manufacturing Co. Abandoned.
Canal Place features shops, an art gallery and cafes.
These buildings have been converted into residences.
The Erie Canal is here.
Here’s a follow-up from yesterday: Edinburgh James, pilot for the tandem, had some quad pain, so he tapped up and sure enough, didn’t have pain on the ride.
Here’s Dave’s ride video.
Q & A time again:
Does it feel like it’s flown by?
Hard to say, but I think, not really. Dipping our wheels in the Pacific feels like a long time ago. And it’s hard to believe it’s now August. July was consumed with Idaho to Niagara.
Looking back, the days melt together in a river of roads and hotels, easy days, hard days, barns, rivers, mountains, and corn fields stretching to the horizon.
And many, many highlights stand out. More about that in a later posting.
Did some stretches feel longer than others?
Yes. Crossing South Dakota felt pretty long—except for the Badlands.
Four days of riding left. Tomorrow: 74 miles to Latham, NY
Here’s our route for the next couple of days.