Liverpool, New York: Had a delightful early morning ride on the Erie Canalway Trail, which hugs the Erie Canal for about 20 miles, and passes through some charming historic towns. This was a welcome change of scenery from corn fields.
Whereas my previous mantra was “Are We There Yet?,” these days my mantra is “What’s the Rush?” I enjoyed a leisurely start to the morning and took my time cycling along the canal, walking through some villages such as Pittsford, which was founded in the late 1700’s, and watching a tugboat and barge negotiate passage through a lock. The Erie Canal is historically significant because it enabled a purely domestic shipping route from the Midwest (via the Great Lakes) to the East Coast when it opened in 1822. Today it is mainly used for leisure traffic, and there are many small, private boat docks on the Canal — an interesting twist to the back porch concept.
Once we exited the bike path and after the first SAG/rest stop, Ohio John, Rod and I formed a paceline to hightail it to the next SAG stop. We then had a good lunch in Weedsport before continuing the journey into Liverpool, a suburb of Syracuse. Mike and Matt on the tandem hauled it into Liverpool in good time and we stayed on their wheels. In Liverpool I stopped at Heid’s Sweet Treats, purveyors of fine ice cream since 1866. I tried the Muddy Sneakers variety. It tasted better than it sounds.
Today I cycled 95 miles today and was very embarrassed when I discovered, at mile 92, that I was wearing my cycling shorts inside out. I’ve found a new way to get double mileage out of my cycling shorts before having to do laundry!
Day 45 Summary:
Day 45 route: Henrietta to Liverpool, NY
Day 45 mileage: 94.68 miles
Cumulative mileage: 3,328.22 miles
Days 45 climbing: 1,600 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 89,535 feet of climbing