Cycling Date: Thursday 31-July-14
Mileage: 78 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Low 70s to end. Strong fast moving thunderstorms in the morning. Cleared for most of the day.
Highlights of the day:
We finally got wet. For the first time since Rapid City SD (???), we got wet. A fast moving front with strong thunderstorms crossed out path just after we started this morning. Riders scattered to find shelter in barns, garages, porches, and a few lucky ones found a coffee shop. Forecast showed 40-50% chance of rain all day. I think we got all of it before the first SAG stop. Skies cleared and we had dry pavement for the better part of 50 miles. Cannot complain. None of our riders can complain. Besides, as I’ve said before, we went to Little Falls. It always rains when we go into Little Falls.
Today started on roads through Liverpool and other suburbs of Syracuse. It was more traffic and traffic lights than we’ve seen all tour. After an unofficial count of 27 traffic lights, we made it out of town and on to quieter roads with fewer signals. Our route followed the Erie Canal & Mohawk River for most of the day and then took a parallel route along the NY Throughway. We’ll have more opportunities tomorrow to get a little more up close and personal with more locks along the waterway.
A different tourist attraction today was The World’s Smallest Church. It was built back in 1989. It seats two people. It sits in the middle of a small pond covered in algae. You might ask yourself, as I did, why one would build a church that seats two people in the middle of the pond. If you find the answer – please send it along.
We had a visitor today at one of our SAG stops. Joan, an alumna from the Cross Country Challenge 2012, drove up from Ithaca, NY to say hi and bring us some of the most decadent chocolate peanut butter cup cookies. It was great catching up with her and the cookies were delicious.
Arriving in Little falls, riders got to work. Bikes were hosed, wiped, and lubed. Clothing washed. Speaking of which, what was the big excitement of the day? A laundromat. A laundromat right across the street from the hotel. A laundromat that is probably the last laundromat for most of the riders & staff on the tour. Wiping a tear as I type.
We have a reception, courtesy of our hotel here in Little Falls, a dinner, and rap to go before the end of the day. Then it’s only 4 more riding days until we dip wheels in the Atlantic. Its that :) and :( part of the tour. Excited to see the end approaching but also not wanting it to end. Perhaps that’s why I keep coming back year after year.