Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Weedsport, NY to Rochester, NY
74.8 miles, 5h58m, 12.5 mph
Elapsed Time: 9h01m, Max speed: 30.4mph
Total Climbing: 3325ft, Max elevation: 631ft
Total mileage: 284.5
It was bright and sunny when we set out from Weedsport. A strong
wind was blowing from the south. Naturally, we immediately headed
south to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We got there at
9:30am and found that the vistor center doesn't open until 10am.
We also found that the Refuge does not allow bicycles on the Wildlife
Loop. I guess they only want polution-spewing vehicles in the
heart of the refuge. It's not like they have tigers in there.
We walked around to see what nature we could see. We looked in
one direction and saw water and plants, and some SUVs on the loop road.
Then in the other direction, in a mud pile, suddenly we saw
something....a large yellow caterpillar!
Apparently a caterpillar refuge.
Next, we turned even further south into the brutal headwind to Seneca
Falls, where we stopped at the Women's Rights National Park. We
spent a surprisingly long time looking at the exhibits.
Then we headed west to Waterloo and then north to get back on
Bike Route 5 or the towpath. Now we had a tailwind so things went
very nicely. Route 96 had a nice wide shoulder, but a lot of
truck traffic. We ate lunch in Phelps and then rejoined Bike
Route 5 at Newark.
As we were leaving Newark it looked like a small storm was coming
in. We stopped at a fast food joint to wait it out. After a
few minutes it started pouring down rain. We were feeling pretty
good about stopping. After the rain stopped, we got back on the
and discovered that the pavement was dry 100 feet west of the
restaurant. It pretty much only rained on the building we were in
and the car wash next door.
Things looked good for a little while,
but then as we rode through Palmyra it started raining. Then it
started raining hard. Then Kevin had another flat.
The daily tire change.
The towpath is dirt in this area so we stayed on Route 31. It was
raining. Lots of traffic. Lots of carbon monoxide-tinted
spray from passing cars and trucks. For a while they eliminated
the shoulder for two miles for construction. It was
raining. It was great. Eventually we reached Pittsford and
jumped on the paved trail. It was way better than riding on 31 in
There were little parks along the way. They had locks and stuff
and all the other comforts of home.
Typical Lock 33 scene.
Eventually we reached the Holiday Inn by the airport. The trail
runs right behind the hotel. It's perfect. We ate a bunch
of food and did laundry.
Looking east up the canal from the Genessee River...with a little
Tomorrow we ride to Niagara Falls.
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