Henrietta, New York: This morning we left Niagara Falls for a four-day swath across upper New York State, bypassing the major cities of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. It’s great to be back in the Empire State and into the state of mind that comes with it. This is the final week of our transcontinental journey.
Today’s 82 mile ride to this suburb of Rochester was nearly effortless, fuelled perhaps by pizza last night and wheat pancakes this morning and a nice little tail wind. It’s very evident we’re approaching the East coast. While the cycling route continues to be on rural roads through farmlands, the farms are smaller and the roads busier, with houses throughout the way. Generally, there’s much more activity and a continuing series of small towns and villages. Corn crops are still prevalent, but the corn fields are getting smaller and fewer. Here are some snapshots from today:
My major activity of the afternoon was an excursion to Borders books. This ride across America has renewed my interest in American history, which I haven’t formally studied since the 11th grade of high school. So at Borders I picked up a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. On this trip I have done less reading than I hoped, though I have completed Plainsong, a novel by Kent Haruf set on the Colorado plains; Sebastian Junger’s War; and for some escapist reading, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Tomorrow we ride alongside the Eerie Canal on our way to the Syracuse area. It’s supposed to be a very good ride.
Day 44 Summary:
Day 44 route: Niagara Falls to Henrietta, NY
Day 44 mileage: 82.3 miles + 5.63 miles to Borders bookstore
Cumulative mileage: 3,233.54 miles
Days 44 climbing: 1,550 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 87,935 feet of climbing
Terrain: flat for the first half, then rolly