Day 61: Rochester Friends

43 miles

Sunrise on Lake Ontario

Sunrise on Lake Ontario

I’m not sure how long it rained last night, but when I woke up once around 3 AM it had stopped raining.  We rolled out of bed around 6 AM to get an early start.  We had about 40 miles ahead of us before we reached Rochester where we’ll be staying with Caroline’s friends, Lara and Joel and their three daughters.  Before we packed up our tent we enjoyed the nice sunrise over Lake Ontario.  Then we hit the road without breakfast to save time.  We stopped at a deli in Pultneyville, NY to grab a quick bite, but after we had ordered our breakfast sandwiches they told us the grill was still warming up.  So much for saving time on breakfast.

Contemplating the Erie CanalEventually we were on the road again.  Both of us commented on what a beautiful morning it was.  The roads didn’t have much traffic and the air was clean from the recent rain.  Soon we reached the Erie Canal and begin to ride along the dirt path next to the canal.  It was a crushed gravel path similar to other canal paths we’ve ridden on this trip.  Since the path is very flat, it’s pretty easy biking.  During the morning we were in touch with Lara and Joel and arranged to meet them in Pittsford a few miles from their house.  That way they could all ride their bikes to meet us along the Erie Canal path and then escort us home.

Caroline and the Rosens

Caroline and the Rosens

Since I was getting rather hungry and a bit tired after the 38 or so miles we’d already biked, I was glad when we finally crossed paths with the Rosens.  They called out to Caroline as we passed each other and then they turned around and guided us to a nearby restaurant for lunch.  I hadn’t met any of them before, at least not in person, just via comments on our website.  It was nice to finally meet and get to know them.  After lunch we all hopped back on our bikes to ride the last few miles to their house.

The Rosens had a social engagement that afternoon, so they told us to make ourselves at home and even gave us a car to use to run out for dinner.  We cleaned up and drove to the nearby Wegmans supermarket, which has a large prepared food section, similar to Whole Foods, but better.  After the Rosens got home they wanted to take us to their favorite donut place.  That was just fine with us.  We all hopped in their minivan and drove across town.  Sadly, the donut place was closed early since it was a Sunday night.  We opted for ice cream instead and went to a yummy ice cream place called Pittsford Dairy.  Then it was back to their house to relax.  The two younger daughters, Olivia and Leah, like to play Minecraft, so naturally I joined them for a little while before bedtime.  All in all it was a really nice day and we’re lucky to be spending a couple nights with such welcoming friends.

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