Finger Lakes in the Fall - September 2018
We started our tour in Rochester and went along the Erie Canal for awhile. Then we headed south and then east. The farm houses are a lot older out east and most are made of stone.
The first impressive
small town was Phelps
I hadn't any flats all year, but with all the wet and
drizzle weather and riding shoulders on busy state
roads. Two flats before the morning food stop. Bob
Samuels was there to help out. We rode together for
the next two days. We arrived in Senaca Falls for lunch.
It might sound familiar. This was George Bailey's home
town, and this is the bridge that he was going to jump off. In Auburn we had dinner with the three sisters and a bunch of others at a great brew pub. The best wheat ale and raspberry belgian.
I left Auburn solo but soon caught up with Bob as we rode to
the morning food stop along one of those finger lakes. It was misty and there was talk of rain anytime. After the food stop
there were some good
climbs and this freshly
painted iron bridge for
all of us and then an impressive Indiana-like hill before lunch. Soon after lunch, it started raining heavily as we approached Ithaca. We were promised a brewery but it was closed on Monday. Dinner at a not so good BBQ.
AND THEN THE REAL RAIN HIT!!!
Jim, Alan, Mayoma, and
Kathryn shuttled us all to Corning. I happened to get on the first shuttle and it had stopped raining by the time we arrived in Corning. Another big downpour while I went to my bags and bike and changed and went out riding after the rain subsided. I went straight out toward this big monster of a hill on the south side of Corning toward
Pennsylvania 16 miles south. Well, I didn't quite get there due
to a bad gravelly pot holen road. But wen't over east and back. About 21 miles or so. I tooled around downtown Corning and got these pictures. Very classy town.
Today so felt like riding in Oregon with all the mist and no sun. It was still good riding though. We saw our first semblance of autumn. Hopfully more to come.
Our morning stop was at Shequaga Falls. That's the only thing good about rain. The falls are raging.
Our next stop was Watkins Glen, but I skipped the hike with my bad legs for that at least. A different falls to photograph and then up and up NW to Penn-Yan as it started to dry up a bit. Then NE to Geneva ending with some sun.
There's one day where the deluge was so huge that I couldn't see 10 feet in front of me. I sought refuge under an abandoned cottage. It was a day I'd rather forget, and I did. I have no photos and no recollection as to which day it was!
FINALLY, SOME SUNSHINE
I rode today with my
MacCormack. This is
his fifth or sixth
Heart Cycle tour of
the year! Today's ride
went through some
Amish Country. You
can barely see the
black lab "guarding"
On this tour I seem
to always be leap
frogging with Ron
I seem to have dressed appropriately for today as we ride through Italy and have lunch in Naples
What to do on your day off in sunny Canandaigua?
and brats eating
Well, the last day was back to normal for
this week. Misty rain and fog. And again,
two flat tires. So this last picture is me
I loved the Rieslings and other sweet
wines this area has to offer!