A Great Lake

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of United States  , New York
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We had the privilege to ride along the coast of Lake Erie for almost the entire ride today. I can't say I was sad to leave Erie, Pennsylvania behind... but I am very sad to leave Lake Erie behind. When we were stopped at the border between Pennsylvania and New York to take a picture, Michael made the comment that New York must have more money because the road literally went from a rutted concrete disaster to a beautifully paved dream road instantly at the border. That dream road took us along the lake through much of New York almost to Buffalo.

We had a hot, humid day but we also had a morning tailwind. I'm not sure if that beats a cool day with a headwind, but it least it's something different. It felt good to ride fast. Too bad the wind spun around 180 degrees and blew in our face the second half of the day. Then it was hot, humid and headwinds and everyone knows I don't like that. Fortunately it was pretty riding and a short(ish) day.

We had great lunch at a surprisingly reasonably priced restaurant called "simply gourmet" with a fork replacing one of those letters, maybe the l. I had a wrap with steak and potatoes that hit the spot. We had milkshakes at a chocolate shop called Fowler's; my strawberry shake was the most disappointing ice cream treat of the whole trip. It tasted really artificial and the straw was way too thin to drink effectively. The place was more of a wedding chocolate shop anyways, maybe it was the pink walls that bugged me.

I'm starting to lose count of the hotels we've stayed in that are built in the shadow of a much larger, newer, and nicer Holiday Inn. Today, like many other days recently, the hotel didn't have any guest laundry machines. My clothes were dirty and I decided that today I would make use of the nearby Holiday Inn; typically I just look longingly out my window at it. I backpacked all our dirty laundry in the front door, asked for directions to the "guest only" laundry facility, and nervously washed our clothing. I had to wait for a load in the washer to finish - it turns out they were Patrick's clothes, another ABB rider. It was enough time for dad to run over some extra money... the laundry was $3 per machine - more than twice what we've paid at any other hotel.

Tonight we'll be watching the Tour de France and going to bed to rest up for a hard day tomorrow.

Distance: 80.98 mi - 3,367.55 total
Time: 04:27:54 - 224:46:37 total
Elevation Gain: 958 ft - 100,234 total
Av. Speed: 18.1 mph - 15.0 overall
Av. HR: 127 bpm - 125 overall
Calories: 5,543 - 221,731 total

Flat Tire Count:
Scott - 10
Stephen - 4
Mark - 4
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Jeff Bracken on

Congrats on making it to New York. Impressive to say the least! Won't be long now.

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