Day 10 – Fair Haven to Rochester on the Erie Canal

Last night we enjoyed a wonderful sunset at the Pleasant Beach Inn in Fair Haven. It was one of those completely still nights when sound reflects off the water and we could hear the music coming quietly from the restaurant across the bay.

Our burgers for the night came from the Little Sodus Inn. Best to be done there by 10 or so – “the boys” get a little rowdy after that.
You can see many submerged docks here. Lake Ontario is having trouble with flooding this year. With all the connected waterways nearby, managing the flows in all of them can be tricky. And Lake O doesn’t have the surface area to disperse the water that, say, Lake Superior has.

Heron and rising fish on a submerged dock. The fishing this year is supposed to be fantastic but many of the boat ramps have been closed due to high water.
Last light

Today was another beautiful day in upstate New York. Adam and I took off through the rolling hills west of Fair Haven after a lovely breakfast from our host H. Bonnie and H run a great Inn – 5 stars!

Bonnie and H. They gave us the keys to the bar last night.
Setting out for the day with Adam
I’m a sucker for chipping paint

Near Sodus point – this Sodus Bay, off Lake Ontario
We saw lots of homes and farms right along the lakeshore.
Adam and his daughter Brigita (sp?). She picked up Adam at lunchtime from Palmyra to take him back to the working world.
You religion scholars will remember Palmyra as the place where Joseph Smith grew up and received the vision that started the LDS church.
Lovely churches and old homes abound here. The style is distinctly older and more Atlantic than older homes I’m used to.
Palmyra is where I joined the Erie Canal trail. I don’t think I had a full appreciation for the importance this canal had to the growth of upstate NY and the Midwest. You could sail from NYC to Chicago through these locks, canals and lakes. We learned that in school, but seeing it makes it more real.
Some tree (cottonwoods?) are dumping allergens all over the place. It’s snowing this stuff all day and the sidewalks and canals are clogged with it.
Wildflowers just beside the Erie Canal.
Positive attitude graffiti
Crossing into Rochester to my warm showers host’s house. Not jealous of the drivers. First scene like this in over 500 miles. Hey – I’ve ridden more than 500 miles! I hadn’t thought about it.
My super warm showers host, Brad. He’s a bike nut like me. This is his autographed jersey from Mark Beaumont – long distance cycling champ who’s trying to bike around the world in 80 days. He’s shooting for 240 miles a day for 80 straight days. Hey babe, can you spot me another 80+ days?

No deep thoughts today but I’m appreciating warm showers. Have you heard of it? It is an organization that facilitates folks who will host touring cyclists in their homes. This is my first time trying it and Brad’s first time as a host. But I’m digging it – he’s a great guy and knows a lot more than I do about long distance cycling champs. And he’s got a few cool bikes too – a Marinoni custom touring bike and one of Greg Lemond’s commemorative win frames (carbon). Sweet rides.

Tomorrow – maybe make it to Niagara Falls?

6 thoughts on “Day 10 – Fair Haven to Rochester on the Erie Canal”

  1. So happy you are finding great companions along the way. Wish we could be there too. Pics are great, feel like we are right there.

  2. We’re waving to you from the other side of Lake Ontario! 500 miles – wow! Makes me think of the Erie Canal song but that’s only 15 miles!

  3. You were in the birthplace of Mormonism (chills). Vicariously enjoying your trip immensely. Lovely pics!

  4. Great to see the old Erie Canal again. It was so important to development of the Great Lakes states; now its the St. Lawrence seaway. Are there useful bike paths on the Canal??

  5. If chipping paint is your thing, you should swing up to Evanston for photo ops with our garage.

  6. Appreciating a warm shower IS a deep thought! 500 miles. And lots of things to see and experience. Congratulations on having the smarts to take this trip!
    My understanding is that Troy, NY, the eastern end of the Erie Canal, once had the highest per capita income in the country. The canal was an essential part of trade to the far west, meaning Ohio and Michigan!

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