Last night Brad, my warm showers host, took me to Wegman’s. Great chance to get some fresh veggies.
Brad took me downtown to start my day (not a shortcut! Actually longer…)
Anyway it was interesting to see Rochester – it has a great vibe and I suspect it’d be a great place to live (if you can deal with that much winter). Also Fairport and Pittsford nearby are regularly selected as “best places to live” in the US.
Most of my day was on the Erie Canal. Very flat but punishing – I’ll call it a “Headbreeze”. As some of you know, I’m stupidly superstitious for an engineer. This extends to adopting two superstitions from fly fishing. 1) Don’t bring bananas in the boat. Any fly fishing guide will abide by this without question. 2) Do not say the four letter word that starts with W. It will summon – we’ll call it Mariah – against you. Anyway I did a lot of pushing upbreeze today – maybe a preview of plains to come. But the breeze off Erie was pretty brutal – running 15 to 20 mph against me. Character building!
If I struggled with anything beyond the head breeze today it was my own desire to push farther. I really wanted to reach Niagara Falls but sometimes I need to turn that drive off. It’s hard for me to take it slow, obseve more, slower. Maybe this is something I can learn from this experience.
To the falls tomorrow and then a short, easy day. Too many miles today.
"If I had my druthers, I'd ride a bike" Jim's low CO2 trans-am cycling trip