TRIP 2013

Update #10 - April 28th
North East, Pennsylvania
Mission Trip 34: 1,555.73 miles (2,489.17 KM)
2,905.46 miles (4,648.74 KM) - Year Total

Between April 16th and April 24th, I had some well needed time off the road with friends in Chittenango. I stayed mostly around the house to let the skin on my nose heal but I didn't walk into the downtown area a couple of times. I did get some culture in. One day, I went with my friends to the zoo in Syracuse. The museum was pretty good but I was kind of upset that the lion exclosure was really small for three lions. I also went to the Fayetteville YMCA to watch a couple of living history performers perform a short play about Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her husband Henry. The Women's Rights Movement started in nearby Seneca Falls. The night before I got back on the road I went with my friends to nearby Cazenovia to listen to a great Spring Concert by the Cazenovia High School Strings Ensamble and the Cazenovia College Chorale.

A good thing happened during my stopover. I needed to find some how to fix the seat pad on Alice. Last week, somebody had tried to lift Alice all loaded up into the back of a pickiup truck. One of the sides of the seat pad was cracked. I was trying to find a way to repair it but I couldn't. My friend offered to pay for a new seat pad if I could find one. I found a bike shop in Alfred Station, New York called
The Bicycle Man . We ordered the seat pad on Thursday night and we received it Saturday night. The seat pad is pretty spongy. It makes the ride really great.

April 25 - Chittenango, NY to Seneca Falls, NY : 63.67 miles (101.874 KM)

I had a decent night considering how little I slept. I woke up around 4 AM. I got Alice packed up before breakfast. After breakfast, Dennis wanted to take some pictures before I headed out. I got on the road a little after 8 AM. The ride into Syracuse was okay except it took a little while because I got to get used to the sponginess of the new seat pad and also the position of the seat. It's not in the same position as before. I might have to loosen up all of the bolts and move the seat forward about .75 inches.

I stopped to get some bread. Also, I stopped at a gas station in Fayetteville and I struck up a conversation with a guy. Before the guy left he slipped me $10. The rest of the ride into Syracuse went okay. I got into downtown Syracuse before noon. Stopped at a BK for lunch. The afternoon ride went okay but there were a lot of hills. There was about a mile long coast into Camilus but a mile walk back up the hill on the other side. Once I got back on NY 5 the ride was a bit smoother.

I got into Auburn a little before 5 PM. It was too big of a city for me. At a gas station, I talked with this guy who said that he owned nine bicycles. After a short break, I headed out again to Seneca Falls.

I got into Seneca Falls around 8 PM. Stopped at the police station to see if somebody knew of a local minister. The officer who I talked with didn't know anybody. I found some activity at the local Presbyterian Church. The lady minister was out on maternity leave. The organist was there. He contacted one of the church elders and he gave me permission to spend the night in the church.

April 26 - Seneca Falls, NY to Stafford, NY : 85.18 miles (136.24 KM)

I had a decent night. The steam radiator kept the room warm so I didn't have to use the sleeping bag. I woke up early and I got on the road a little after 6 AM. I walked through the downtown area and I took pictures of the downtown area. I had to stop a couple of times to work on Alice.

The ride to Canadaigua went okay. I stopped for lunch. There was a really long hill to get up to get out of the Finger Lakes Valley. I was going to stop in Caladonia but it was too big of a town. I pushed on to Leroy. I saw some activity at the First Baptist Church. I went inside to see if somebody could tell me how to connect with the pastor. There were some people cleaning up the gym upstairs. I was ignored. After about six minutes, I gave up and left.

I pushed on to Stafford. I found a place to camp out in a small fir forest west of Stafford.

April 27 - Stafford, NY to West Portland, NY : 107.13 miles (171.41 KM)

I had a decent night. It didn't get cold but it was quite windy. I got on the road a little before 7 AM. I rode on to Batavia and I stopped at a bakery for some breakfast. I stayed on NY 5 and rode it into downtown Batavia. I stopped to get some lunch. I got into downtown Batavia around 3:30 PM. I found the riverfront bike path along the Niagara River. It took me back to NY 5 in Lakawana.

At a visitor center, I stopped to check out a group of people who had telescopes. They had special filters so you could see the surface of the sun. It was really neat seeing sun spots and the solar corona. I spent about 15 minutes looking through the different telescopes.

The ride was going well I didn't want to stop. The temperature was still warm so I wanted to see if I could break the Century mark for the year. I stopped at a Dollar Store outside of Silver Creek a little before dusk to get a few things. I switched over to US 20. There was a long hill to climb in Silver Creek. The ride west went really well. I was comfortable to keep on riding after dark because the shoulder was wide and traffic was light. I stopped for a break at a gas station in Fredonia.

I rode on through Portland and West Portland, Just before midnight, I found a place to camp out on the edge of a grape vineyard outside of West Portland. I walked down a packed dirt road so I could get far away from the road because the vineyard was really bare. There was no new growth on the grape vines. There was a full moon and the wind was starting to get strong. When I checked the cyclometer, I found that I had passed the 107 mile (171 KM) mark.

April 28 - West Portland, New York to North East, Pennsylvania : 26.02 miles (41.63 KM)

I had a decent night. It didn't get cold but it was quite windy. I woke up around 6 AM. I got on the road a little before 7 AM. It was still windy and the sky was overcast. It was a decent ride to the state line. I stopped to take the traditional pictures.

The ride into North East went okay. I decided to stop at the First Presbyterian Church again. I had stopped to worship there five years ago. I got there about 20 minutes before the service started. It was Youth Sunday. There was a kid's group practicing. The service was okay and it was fast. It was done in fifty minutes. Afterwards, there was a meal for the high school and college students who were graduating next month. Afterwards, Rev Townsend offered to get me a motel room. There was a chance for rain the rest of the day. Rev Townsend offered to get me a room at a motel near the interstate that I had passed.

I'm about 18 miles out of Erie. I'll be riding through Pennsylvania and crossing into Ohio tomorrow.

Currently, I am debating on where I will be going to after my stops in the Cincinatti, Ohio area. I was thinking about checking out a bicycle ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan but I'm thinking that it would be best to go to Illinois to see if there is anything that I could do after the flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The next trip update should be posted sometime around May 12th.



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