Monday, July 9, 2012

Cycling the Erie Canal - Day 2

Day 2 – Medina to Pittsford, with a side trip to High Falls in Rochester (62.63 miles)

Early morning cycling out of Medina
This morning we got up and said goodbye to Russ and Gillian, though Russ will join us for part of today’s ride. Gillian offered to drive us to Medina and then drop our car off in Pittsford so that Harold, Gary, and I could ride together and not have to shuttle the car this day. Thanks, Gillian.

The Medina Culvert, the only road underneath the Erie Canal
Most towns have unofficial SAG stops and otherwise support our ride. This is in Albion.
Today’s ride was mostly along the canal, through Albion, Brockport, Spencerport and on into the Rochester area. We then took a side trip along the Genesee River bike path into Rochester to High Falls. High Falls is where the Genesee River goes through a gorge and then drops 96 feet before feeding into Lake Ontario. Then, we returned to the canal path and cycled to Pittsford. Russ and Katie (another of Gary’s relatives) joined us for part of today’s ride and we enjoyed their company along the way.
Harold, Russ, Gary, Katie, and Joe
This is the four way intersection of the Erie Canal and Genesee River

Gary’s Aunt Jean picked us up in Pittsford and we are staying at her house in Fairport for the evening. Many of Gary’s relatives visited tonight and they made a fantastic Italian dinner including lasagna, meatballs, sausage, Italian bread (real Italian bread), cannolis, and Italian cookies. Mmmm good.

We are eating lots of fresh fruit

Gary, Joe, and Harold at High Falls in Rochester, NY
Thank you to Russ and Gillian, and to Aunt Jean for letting us stay at both of your homes. You made me feel like family, and I had a great time staying, talking, and having some great meals. I appreciate it.
Today's ride:

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