Avg Speed: 17.0 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 115 bpm
Climbing: 1,053 ft
Calories Burned: 1,682 (so says my Garmin ... it's higher!)
Wet ... nice roads first 50 miles ... wet ... Utica ... drying ... Little Falls ... last laundry run of the trip
Today' route and map -- http://connect.garmin.com/activity/43307254
I guess I should have paid more attention to the weather forecast this morning. It was overcast, but I did not pack full rain gear (just my vest). Well, we set out around 7:30 and it started to rain within the first half hour. The Geldings plus Alex, Margot, and Nancy traversed the first few busy miles out of town and then settled in to some nice roads. We rode as a group, but kept some distance due to the wet roads and tire spray/kick up. About 15 miles in, the group split a little and then it really started to come down. Several folks took shelter in a local bus maintenance dept, but Nancy and I continued on to the first SAG in Canastota. The rain came down hard for awhile, but started to let up some by the time we hit the SAG.
|Rainy and Wet|
Considering the weather and sloppy roads, we made good time into the second SAG in Whitesboro. My queue sheet disintegrated en route. Karen had a nice set up under a gazebo opposite the town hall. I picked up a new queue sheet, but we only had one turn left for the next 25+ miles. Joe joined us and several other folks assembled just outside of Utica for the final 20 miles. We did not venture downtown, but I have seen it first hand before. My sister Amy went to college there ... biggest claim to fame is that they are home of Gennesee Creame Ale (free tours and beer on Fridays - well at least back when Amy was in school).
|SAG 2 - Karen's Gazebo|
|Toronto Mark ... Wet, But Happy|
|Me Blowing Kisses in the Rain|
Little Falls is on the canal and has some nice restored buildings. As the name implies, there is a little set of falls and some houses that sit right on the water. It also home to a neat castle, Beardslee Castle, built in 1860. I quickly showered and headed across the street for the last laundry run of the trip! I had a nice lunch with Ann (Toronto) at a small (and I mean small) diner. The menu looked like the prices had not changed since 1980. The hotel had a wine and cheese reception for us before dinner. Dave's folks came up from Hamilton and they went out for a nice dinner. Very spotty Internet in the hotel, so after a great blueberry cheesecake yogurt at the Mill, I headed to McDonald's ... they had great Internet.
|The "Little" Falls|
|Nice "Little" Town|
|Some Houses Are Built Right Up to the Edge of the Water|
|Little Falls Has An Active Lock on the Canal|
|Ice Cream Run ... I Had Awesome Yogurt|
|Little Falls ... One Last View|
Good night moon ... good night rain ... good night laundry ... good night Little Falls ... good night loyal BLOG and Facebook followers (I love your comments and emails)