Day 66: Buffalo, But Briefly

 

43.2 miles

Close to the Canadian Falls

Close to the Canadian Falls

This morning we ate a quick breakfast in our motel room, packed up and left. We then rode down to the falls for one last look and to take a few more photos. We were next to the Canadian falls and it was like we were in a light rain storm. It was just the mist from the falls blowing in our direction, but when you’re in the middle of the mist, it’s indistinguishable from falling rain. We were starting to get a bit wet, so we rode away and the “rain” stopped about 30 yards from the falls.

Boat approaching the mist

Boat approaching the mist

Looking behind the falls

Looking behind the falls

Niagara Falls seen from upriver

Niagara Falls seen from upriver

Leaving Niagara Falls, we were riding south on the Niagara Recreation Route, which is a nice bike route along the Niagara River. We had nice views of the river and the U.S. shore across the river. We’d be on the other side ourselves before long. We needed to cross over into the U.S. to stop by a post office in Buffalo. A couple days ago in Lockport I had ordered a few new maps from the Adventure Cycling Association. I requested those maps be sent General Delivery to the post office in Buffalo so I could pick them up there.

Lake Erie and Buffalo in the distance

Lake Erie and Buffalo in the distance

We got through the U.S. customs check without difficulty and followed a bike path part of the way into Buffalo. Google maps navigation got us the rest of the way to the post office. I’m glad I have a bluetooth speaker at times like this so I can turn up the navigation voice prompts and hear them clearly while on the bike. The ACA maps were waiting for us, as expected, so thankfully there was no problem picking them up and heading back to Canada. But first, Caroline wanted to stop at a grocery store in Buffalo for a few things. Usually when I’m waiting with our bikes and gear outside a grocery store, it’s no big deal and causes me no concern, but this was not the nicest part of Buffalo. Caroline was also a long time in the store, so by the time she came back outside I was ready to get out of there. On the plus side, since that day I’m much less concerned about leaving our bikes unlocked outside grocery stores in small towns we pass through. I guess small towns in Canada seem very safe compared to that neighborhood in Buffalo.

Easy biking trail

Easy biking trail

We crossed back over the “Peace Bridge” across the Niagara River into Canada and immediately came across a couple bike tourists heading towards Niagara Falls. We chatted a minute and proceeded along the Lake Erie shore, our second of the Great Lakes we’ll see on this trip. We had a nice lunch stop in Erie Beach Park. A man we chatted with there informed us it was a former amusement park. Back on our bikes, we were riding on the “Friendship Trail”, which is a former rail line converted to a biking and walking path. It was easy riding, but our butts were sore and we were tired so we stopped when we reached the Pleasant Beach Campground. It’s like most of the other campgrounds we’ve used with a large number of RVs housing seasonal campers and a small tent camping section for people like us who are passing through. The tent area is grassy and shady and we’re looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

 

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