Though the breezes were not in our favor, the sun was out and the temperature just right for cycling. This day was probably one of most hilly of rides on the whole trip; no reprieve except for a short section of flatness as we maneuvered through the City of Syracuse. Our friend, Janet, met us on Rt. 92 and rode the last 7 or 8 miles home with us. What a nice welcome!
A few stats…
Total miles = 1668.5 (or so)
Average day’s mileage = 55.6
Flat tires = 4 (2 apiece)
Nights with friends and Warm Showers folks = 8
Nights in B and B’s = 2
Nights in motels = 20
Nights camping outside = 0
Thank you for reading the blog and sending comments, news, and words of encouragement. We felt as though some of you were traveling right along with us, and that felt good!
Serendipity! As Jeff and I sat down in the Wegman’s cafe in Henrietta, we saw another couple. We recognized each other at the same time—Rita and David Penoyer, our old neighbors who had moved to the Rochester area 6 years ago! It was such an unexpected pleasure to see them! Rita was Amy’s cello teacher. They were having their weekly breakfast with son, Bard, who showed up before we left, and remembered us as the people with the recumbent bikes.
Near Pittsford we picked up the Erie Canal bike path. It seemed more park-like and beautiful than the canal trail in Onondaga and Madison Counties, and parts were paved!. We got off the trail to see how riding on route 31 would be, knowing if we didn’t like it, we could hop back on the canal trail. We enjoyed seeing the canal towns along 31, many of them well-preserved and charming. Akron was a stand-out. At these lower elevations the cherry, apple, and magnolia trees are in full bloom. Route 31 brought us all the way to Weedsport where we checked in at the Best Western Motel. I especially appreciated that it was in the center of town, not several miles away near an interstate and accessible only via some super, crazy busy highway (like last night).
After a wonderful stay with Stan, Dawnie, and Cohen in Broken Bow, we stopped at the elementary school to talk about our trip. More later.
Dawnie invited us to her school to share our cycling story with all the 5th graders. What an enthusiastic bunch of kids! They were full of good questions.
After a comfy night in our 6 x 3 ft. roomette on the “Texas Eagle” from Chicago to Texarkana, we finally began the real deal–cycling. We felt right at home here in TX–skies were gray, a north wind was blowing, and the temperature was 40. Unlike the home terrain, this was nearly flat, so the 25 miles to New Boston was a breeze. (The only alternative was to do 85 miles to Broken Bow into the north wind…)
Thank you Andrea for giving is a ride to the train station. You saved us from riding through snow squalls.
We keep looking at the long-range forecasts; if the weather is half decent on April Fool’s Day, we’ll cycle to the Syracuse train station, put our bikes in bike boxes, and start the journey on the “Lake Shore Limited” to Chicago and then switch to the “Texas Eagle” which will get us to Texarkana.