Nope, that’s not a typo, we actually did bike 72 miles today. How is this possible, you ask? According to the weather forecast, there is a very good chance of rain tomorrow and the day after, so it made sense to us to get as close to Canada and Niagara Falls as we can in as few days as possible. It’s better to camp in dry weather and get a motel when the weather outside is miserable. So we wanted to get a hotel room in Niagara Falls to avoid any rain and to make it easier to see the sights while there. Before Niagara Falls, we had several options for camping on our route and we knew that riding on the canal would make it easy to put in a lot of miles. We got up early with Lara and Joel and said our goodbyes to everyone and then hit the canal bike path.
There wasn’t a lot of boat traffic on the canal, but we saw a few sailboats motoring east. We also ran into two separate pairs of bike tourists heading east, Dustin and Sarah, and Mark and Jose. Along the way, we passed a monument to all the apple orchards we’ve passed along Lake Ontario. Truly, the number of apple orchards on the Lake Ontario coast was impressive.
The miles continued to roll by pretty easily, as the canal path is smooth cinders and a very level grade. Although there was camping in Middleport, we decided to push on, all the way Lockport, NY, and the end of Canal path riding for us. Along the canal, several towns had nice Boater-Hiker-Biker camping, with electric hook-ups and showers. However, when we arrived in Lockport with 70 miles on our legs, the campground we were expecting to find there turned out not to be functioning. So we found a deal at the Lockport Inn and Suites and checked into a sweet, 1980s era motel. Our room was quite spacious and the shower had good hot water—pretty much all we require. I had been carrying a container of pesto sauce from Wegman’s in my food pannier, so I cooked up some pasta and we enjoyed pasta with pesto for dinner in our room and planned our ride into Canada tomorrow.