Upstate New York

Tuesday we left Niagara Falls to start the last leg of the trip. We rode through some beautiful marsh-like areas, and had our first SAG stop overlooking a nature preserve. These areas reminded me of the wetlands near the Atlantic, except they are fresh water, so the plants look slightly different. We were able to watch Heron as we snacked and re-fueled. After that we rode through more farm land with rolling hills, and made our way to Rochester. We actually rode past Rochester Institute of Technology, Alma Mater of many of my friends in the printing business. Leaving Rochester on Wednesday, we rode along the Erie Canal for over 20 miles. The tow-path has been turned into a bike path, and it was lovely. Not only were there no cars, but we rode through lots of small villages that line the canal, they very much reminded me of Lambertville, New Jersey. One of riders said that he felt like he was riding in an Impressionist painting. It was fun to see and ride along something that was such a vital part of not only developing the western part of the USA, as it connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes, but also cemented NYC’s spot as a center of commerce. When we left the the towpath, we entered Palmyra, where Joseph Smith had his epiphany that led to “The Book of Mormon”-NOT the show, the religion. After that the route was on roads that had a lot of activity, and was probably the least scenic segment we have had so far. We did however go past a house that had a lawn full of “assemblages” from old bicycles, there was no explanation, and it didn’t seem like a house where you would want to ring the doorbell and ask. I’ve posted a picture of another person I’ve met on the trip, Sym. He rides a classic touring bike, and definitely lives his life by his own rules. He is vegan-sort of, and has traveled and hiked all over the world, and will continue to do so. A VERY interesting person, we get along great. Last night at Rap, Pam, who is the “health person” on staff, brought up a really interesting topic. She spoke about “dialing back” the caloric intake.  After 45 days of ingesting almost anything and everything we saw, since we are using 5,000 to 6,000 calories a day on average, we will soon go back to “normal” calorie burn, but our stomach will still be looking for LOTS of food, and “plumping up” is a distinct possibility. On this trip there has hardly been an ice cream store that we have passed without someone or many people from the ride getting something, and not a small cone, If today was any indication, this will be a difficult goal to achieve. Will let you know how I do.

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SAG stop at the Tonandaga Wildlife Preserve

SAG stop at the Tonandaga Wildlife Preserve

Queuing up for Lunch

Queuing up for Lunch

Farm near village of Bergen in Upstate New York

Farm near village of Bergen in Upstate New York

The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal

Lock on The Erie Canal

Lock on The Erie Canal

Sym, with his Lawrence of Arabia headgear, and me

Sym, with his Lawrence of Arabia headgear, and me

Crewing on the Erie Canal

Crewing on the Erie Canal

Bikes from last year's ABB North Tour?

Bikes from last year’s ABB North Tour?

Rolling hills of Upstate New York

Rolling hills of Upstate New York

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