Saturday, 13 Jun 2009
Port Dover, ON to Youngstown, NY
93.2 miles, 6h46m, 13.7 mph
Elapsed Time: 8h27m, Max speed: 41.2mph
Total Climbing: 1236ft, Max elevation: 718ft
Total mileage: 1147.0
I'm done. Touched Lake Ontario. No more Great Lakes to conquer.
really long day though.
Linda flew in to Buffalo last night and she got up early this
so she would get to Port Dover before I left. I could have been on
road a little earlier, but if I waited I wouldn't have to hang the
on my bike. So I waited and I got to ride a light bike. I really
noticed the difference in the crosswinds. It's the difference
driving a loaded dump truck and driving an empty dump truck.
I started on the coastal road, which was plenty scenic, but had
recently be given a fresh chip seal coating, so it was like riding
gravel. After a few miles of that I'd had enough and moved inland to
the faster, though less scenic highway 3.
A cloudy morning on Lake Erie.
Canadian geese, chillin' at home.
As I always say, if you ride long enough eventually you will have
wait for a train.
I also say that about draw bridges, but that didn't happen on this
Once I realized that I was going to have to do ridiculous mileage in
order to finish today, I started changing my route. After several
revisions, I decided I would just head straight for Niagara Falls,
cross into the US, and then north to Lake Ontario. I would just
the ride there rather than ride back into Buffalo. I found a great
that took me into Welland. Then I roamed around on the road grid
I rolled past the outlying strip clubs of Niagara Falls, Ontario,
then pushed on to the Falls.
I took this tunnel under the Welland Canal.
I was shocked at the Disneyfication of the Canadian side.
A long way from Duluth.
As you can see by the bear, the American falls are not really that
Ye olde Canadian falls.
I crossed the Rainbow Bridge and breezed through the border
I met Linda for some ice cream, but the place didn't have soft-serve
custard so we went hungry. Back on the road, north through the
parts of Niagara Falls, NY.
A look at the Lewiston bridge and the lower gorge.
As I rolled north, NY 104 turned into a highway and dropped down off
the Niagara escarpment. Through Lewiston, on to the quaint village
Youngstown, and in to Fort Niagara State Park, where Lake Ontario
awaited at the far end of a big sloping lawn.
Lake Ontario. You can see Toronto from here (if you look in the
And I touched the Lake. Woo-hoo!
Weary travelers rest.
We loaded the bike into Linda's rental SUV and headed off to the
shop that was going to ship the bike back to Maryland. They were
closed. So we consoled ourselves with wings.
Duff's was not closed.
We actually ate all but 7 of 40 wings. And all but 68 of the
We did drink the entire pitcher of beer.
On the way back to the Falls I took Linda on a tour of Love Canal.
Nothing much has changed there.
A busy Love Canal neighborhood.
Tomorrow we take the bike to the
engage in some tourism, and fly home. We'll probably eat lunch
famous Anchor Bar, where wings were invented. Our first meal on
trip was at the Anchor Bar in Superior, Wisconsin. It only seems
to end it at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo.
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