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Day 64: O Canada!

28.74 miles

One thing I like about staying in motels while bike touring is that there is no breaking camp in the morning. We get dressed, load the bags back on the bike and just roll away. The west side of Lockport is a little run-down with industrial parks in various states of decay, so we were glad to find a little breakfast joint on the ride out of town. After we powered up on eggs and french toast at Dee’s Sugar Shack, we continued our trek west to cross into Canada today.

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Day 63: One for the record books

72 miles

Goodbyes with Lara and JoelNope, 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.

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Day 62: Hanging out with ze Normals

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Boynton House

Boynton House

Today was a terrifically lazy day, hanging out with Lara, Hannah, Leah and Olivia at their house. At first, Alan and I hung out on the couch with Olivia while everyone else went about their summer-day business. Later in the morning, we tagged along to pick up Leah from rowing camp and then grabbed bagels at Balsam Bagels in Rochester. Their french toast bagel is a wonder. Lara took us on a mini driving tour of town, and we got to see Rochester’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the recently restored Boynton House. As soon as you glimpse the house from down the street, it’s recognizable as a Frank Lloyd Wright with its long, beautiful lines and cantilevered roof.

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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.

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Day 60: Along Lake Ontario

35 miles
Yummy breakfastWe got a late start again today, but it was worth it since breakfast was yummy egg burritos. We even had taco sauce, avocado and cheddar cheese leftover from dinner last night. Very tasty! After a while we stopped for our 2nd breakfast of pop tarts. They were also tasty in their own way. While we were stopped we heard a noise and across the road we saw an old guy pulling a homemade kiddie train behind his four-wheeler. He only had a couple kids riding in the train, but it was really amusing to watch them go in circles in his yard.

Kiddie train

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Day 59: First Real Miles in a Week!

33.7 miles

Erie CanalI was up late last night trying to fix some photos on our website. This morning we slept in a bit before we filled up at the free motel breakfast. Then we spent more time in our room working on our blog. We stayed there until almost 11 AM. That was partly so we could maximize our time using the free wi-fi, but also because it was drizzly outside.

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Day 58: Adventure Week 2014 Closing Ceremonies

215 miles by car

It finally stopped raining sometime late last night. We woke to clearing skies, and broke camp. Amy and Tim had a long drive to get back to Columbus, so we planned to get up early to pack up and then find breakfast on the road. Our campsite for the last three days was mostly dirt and drained poorly in all the rain, so our tent was a wreck when we broke it down. We wiped it off as best as we could and carefully folded it into the bag, planning to get it out tonight at the hotel and really give it a wash in the tub.

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Day 57: How to entertain yourself on a rainy day

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Breakfast in Lake Placid

Breakfast in Lake Placid

We woke to steady rain this morning, so rather than cooking breakfast outdoors, we headed into Lake Placid for breakfast at the Downtown Diner. The weather forecast was for rain all day, so we spent some time researching rainy day activities as we sat in the diner. First we visited High Falls Gorge. It was barely misting when we set out to walk along the Gorge, but ended raining fairly hard. We ducked into the cafe for hot chocolates and planned our next activity.

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Day 56: Recovering from Mt. Marcy

3 miles

Around 4:00 this morning the wind started blowing hard, and it hasn’t let up all day long. I woke up sore from yesterday’s hike, but not as bad off as I thought I would be. Alan is happily limber and feeling great since he spent yesterday in camp, but Tim, Amy and I are definitely hurting from our 15 mile hike. We had eggs for breakfast and then Alan, Amy and I set out to try to find a little mountain biking while Tim nursed a headache. Despite being sore, biking seemed like a reasonable activity for the morning. Unfortunately, both trails we tried were a little too rocky and rooty for our unloaded Ogres. Hard-tail 29-ers just proved a little too unwieldy for the trails we found, although we did pedal to Lake Placid.

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Day 55: Hiking Highpoint #16: Mt. Marcy

Several years ago, my sister, Amy, and I started a project to climb most of the high points of each state of the US. So far, she and I have completed 15 high points together. New York’s highest point, Mt. Marcy, has been on our list for a while, so being in the Adirondacks sort of made it a no-brainer to do this high point. At over 15 miles round trip, we knew it would be a challenging hike, but we really wanted to get this one.

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Day 54: Hop over to Lake Placid

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Revisiting Tupper Lake

Revisiting Tupper Lake

We broke camp this morning after breakfast of yogurt, granola and blueberries, thanks again to Amy feeding us. We heaped all of the gear we had between Alan, myself, Amy and Tim in a big pile on the ground next to the Highlander. Then Alan and Tim started playing Tetris to get all that stuff in the car and still leave room for the four of us. They were successful and we all piled into the car and drove east, back through Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.

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Day 53: Paddling Cranberry Lake

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Tim's morning coffee ritual

The Coffee Alchemist

At 6 am this morning, a loud, wailing siren woke us all up in our tents. We went back to sleep, but it went off again around 8. It sounded like a tornado siren, but the morning was clear and and sunny, so I only hoped that the siren blast is not some daily Cranberry Lake occurrence. After Amy and Tim got up, I made scrambled eggs for egg sandwiches on English muffins. I’m looking forward to a few days of more varied meals:  that’s the beauty of car camping and traveling with people who have a cooler packed with ice.

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