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Update #16 - July 04
Erie, Pennsylvania

Year Total : 3,242.71 miles (5,188.34 km)



June 25 - M : Chittenango, New York to Weedsport, New York : 45.26 miles (72.42 km)
61.71 C 36.29 R
Trip Total : 2,942.30 miles (4,707.68 km)

Ninty-eighth day on tour.

I had a better night than last night. I got my panniers packed before going to sleep. I went to sleep around 10:30 pm. I only woke up twice to go to the restroom. I woke up around 6 am. I got Allison packed up around 7:20 am. Before Dennis left for his tee time at his golf course, he slipped me two fifty dollar bills and he took some pictures. He is going to take the box with the wrong seat struts from the bike shop in Alfred Station to the post office for shipment back to the bike shop. I finished my breakfast with Linda. She surprised me by praying for me and giving me a goodbye kiss.

Around 7:50 am, I started my walk down the hills to the downtown area. I stopped at a gas station for a pint of chocolate milk. I rode over to the bike path next to the old canal. I took some pictures. I didn't get far down the road when I had to stop and do some repair on Allison. One of the bolts had come loose so I had to put the long bolt in. I moved the connector pins in the seat struts to raise the seat back up. I repacked the rear pannier.

The ride on the canal bike path was really slow, The pea gravel was really rough and there were a lot of ridges. I was so happy when I was able to get off on NY 290. Once I got on NY 290, I rode through East Syracuse and Eastpoint to downtown Syracuse. I got about 16 miles by noon. I stopped at a Wendys for some lunch. The ride along NY 290 was really hilly. I walked up the hills and there was a long downhill run into downtown Syracuse where I got on NY 5.

I followedNY 5 to Fairmont. After a break in Fairmont, I started to follow local roads to Jordon. Most of the way on the local roads was sort of level because I was following a railroad. In Jordan, I got on NY 31 (bike route 5). From Jordan, it was a little over a five mile ride to Weedsport and the Days Inn where I had a reservation. I got to the hotel around 7:25 pm.

I'll be following NY 31 most of the way to Rochester.

June 26 - T : Weedsport, New York to Egypt, New York : 55.53 miles (88.85 km)
62.71 C 36.29 R
Trip Total : 2,997.83 miles (4,796.53 km)

Ninty-ninth day on tour.

I had a better night than last night. I got the room warm so I pretty well slept through the night except for one time that I had to go to the restroom. I got up around 6 am. There was an okay breakfast.

I got on the road around 7:50 am. The temperature was a little cool but I didn't have to get my jacket on. Between Port Byrum and the Wayne County line, I hit a 5 mile section of road construction. There was about three miles of repaving and two miles of road grinding. I met up with a guy on a bicycle heading west. The guy was from Paris and he had started someplace out west. He was heading to Montreal but he didn't have a set plan. I gave him some ideas. Andre had a lot of stuff on his bicycle. In back, he had the skull of a bison.

A quarter mile from the county line, I stopped at a vegatable-bake shop of some Mennonites. I got a couple of pastries like pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. About five minutes later, I met up with another guy who was from Canada. He had started north of Montana and was riding to Halifax. I gave him and idea on how to get to the Atlantic Ocean. There were some rolling hills but I was able to walk up them.

I got into Clyde around noon. I had ridden about 22 miles in the morning. I stopped at a gas station for some pizza and something cold to drink. The afternoon ride went okay. I stopped at a McDs in Lyons for something cold to drink. Between Lyons and Newark, four guys on bikes buzzed passed me going East. In Palmyra, I saw another guy on a tour bike heading East.

In West Palmyra, I stopped at a McDs for a early lunch. After lunch, the ride to Egypt went okay. I was able to ride up most of the hills except one. Around 7 pm, I got to the motel where I had a reservation in Egypt. I'll be getting on the bike path along the Erie Canal through Rochester tomorrow.

June 27 - W : Egypt, New York to Brockport, New York : 37.73 miles (60.37 km)
63.65 C 35.35 R
Trip Total : 3,035.56 miles (4,856.90 km)

One Hundredth day on tour.

Once I got the room warm, the night was okay. I was able to get some sleep. I only woke once to go to the bathroom. I woke up around 6 am. There wasn't any breakfast provided so I ate the pumpkin bread.

It was raining in the morning. Around 8:40 am, the rain had stopped so I headed out. In Fairport, I stopped at a McDs for some breakfast. While I was eating, there were four older guys having a good time with a lot of laughing. I talked to them before I got back on the road. They were having a small Bible study. It turns out that three of the guys were from First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford. One of the guys remembered me speaking at the church.

From the McDs, I followed NY 31 for a couple of miles until I was able to get on the Erie Canal bike path. It wasn't paved. I stopped at Lock #32 to watch a boat go through the lock. I was hoping to stop at Towpath Bicycles in Pittsford but it wasn't open. The ride through the Rochester area went okay but I did have to use Google Maps a little bit. I got about 18 miles by noon.

Once I got on the canal path, I had encounter after encounter with a lot of wild animals. Chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, and woodchucks were every where. I had encounters with three young deer in the morning and two baby deer in the afternoon. I also had encounters with a wild turkey, geese, and lots of ducks. I stopped to check out a family of young ducks who were resting in some tall grass on the canal's edge. There were seven ducklings.

I stopped at a gas station in Gates Center for something to eat and also to get out of the drizzles for a little bit. I was going to get on NY 31 but there was road construction. I wasn't sure how far the road construction was going to be so I got back on the canal trail to Greece County Canal Park. Instead of crossing the Genessee River to get on the northside of the river, I headed south using local roads to get onto NY 31. I was able to follow NY 31 to Spencerport. To get out of the light rain for a little bit, I stopped at a McDs for a break. I got one of their new chocolate muffins. It was pretty good. I was hoping to follow NY 31 to Brockport but there was road construction. I carefully went down a hill into downtown Spencerport so I could get back on the canal path for a short ride. I was able to watch one of the vertical drawbridges go up for a boat to go passed and also for it to go down. I met up with two ladies from Syracuse who had started from Buffalo to Syracuse. I got off the canal path to get on a road that took be through Adams Basin and then crossed the canal at the first bridge. Once I crossed the bridge, I followed the canal detour route to Brockport. I was able to get on NY 31 three miles out of Brockport.

Before going to the motel where I had a reservation, I stopped at a BK for a takeout meal. I got to the motel around 6:20 pm.

I'll be following NY 31 to Lockport instead of getting back on the canal path.

June 28 - R : Brockport, New York to South Lockport, New York : 47.12 miles (75.38 km)
64.65 C 35.35 R
Trip Total : 3,082.68 miles (4,932.29 km)

One Hundred-first day on tour.

I didn't get much sleep last night. There was light leakage into the room from the front and the back. The curtain in the window in the back was too small so it didn't block the bright light coming from Tim Horton parking lot next door. There wasn't a curtain on the bathroom window but it was tinted. There was also a bright night light connected to the hair blower in the bathroom.

I got out of bed around 5 am. There wasn't a hot food for breakfast.

I left the motel around 7:40 am. There were some hills to deal with on the way to Albion. I took an early lunch break at a BK in Albion. Even with the early lunch break, I was still able to get around 20 miles by noon.

The afternoon ride was okay. The terraign flattened out. There was a headwind to deal with. The sky was sort of overcast till about Medina. Coming into Lockport, I did get off Allison to walk up a hill.

June 29 - F : South Lockport, New York to Niagara Falls, New York : 30.16 miles (48.26 km)
65.40 C 35.60 R
Trip Total : 3,112.84 miles (4,980.54 km)

One Hundred-second day on tour.

The room was okay and dark so I was able to get some sleep. I only woke up once to go to the bathroom. I was able to fall back asleep. I slept till around 5:30 am. There was an okay hot breakfast.

I left the hotel around 8 am. I backtracked a block and then I turned west. I followed local roads to NY 31. Along the way, I crossed over the Erie Canal for the last time. The ride to Niagara Falls went okay. I got about 21 miles before noon. Near downtown Niagara Falls, I stopped at a BK for some lunch.

From the BK, it was a short ride to the Niagara Falls State Park. It was really hot and there were a lot of people in the park. A lot of them were from Muslim countries. I only stayed long enough to take some pictures. I probably was in the park for about 20 minutes. There wasn't any place where I could safely park Allison so I could see some of the attractions.

From the Falls, I started the five mile ride to the hotel where I had a reservation. I didn't get far down the road because the rear tire started to go soft. I found some shade under some trees to put in a new innertube. I didn't get far down the road when the rear of the bent started to act up. I found out that another bolt had sheared off. I found some shade under another tree to work on the rear rack. I had to take everything off the rear rack. I was able to get one bolt partially tightened and the second bolt fully tightened. I used a lot of electrical tape to fasten the rack.

Before getting to the hotel, I stopped at a Wendys for a chocolate Frosty.

I'm riding through Buffalo tomorrow and stopping in Hamburg. I've got two nights at the Super 8. I didn't want to be on the road Sunday because the heat index was supposed to be in the low 100s.

June 30 - SA : Niagara Falls, New York to Carnegie (North Hamburg), New York : 37.79 miles (60.46 km)
66.35 C 35.65 R
Trip Total : 3,150.63 miles (5,041.01 km)

One Hundred-thurd day on tour.

The room was okay and dark so I was able to get some sleep. I only woke up once to go to the bathroom. I was able to fall back asleep. I slept till around 5:30 am. There was an okay breakfast. I chose cereal over hot waffles.

I left the hotel around 8 am. The temperature was already in the mid 70s. The high was supposed to be in the upper 80s with a high heat index. The ride to North Tonowanda went okay. I followed local roads until I was able to get on the Shoreline bike trail along the Niagara River. I followed the bike trail until it crossed over an old railroad bridge onto an island. Around noon, I stopped at a McDs for some lunch.

After lunch, I followed local roads through downtown Buffalo. I didn't get close to the lakeshore. I followed local roads until I got on US 62. I rode through Lackawanna, Blasdell, and South Park. I stopped at a custard place to get a rootbeer float. The custard was okay. It was a little thicker than ice cream. I hit some wind from the Southwest.

Near Hamburg, I got on US 20. Near Carnegie, I got on NY 75 and crossed over I-90 to the Super 8 where I had a reservation for two nights.

July 02 - M : Carnegie (North Hamburg), New York to Fredonia, New York : 36.79 miles (58.86 km)
67.27 C 36.73 R
Trip Total : 3,187.42 miles (5,099.87 km)

One Hundred-fifth day on tour.

The afternoon and night were a little off. I opted to use the guest laundry. Both machines were expensive (washer $2.50), dryer ($2.25). The washer worked but the dryer didn't. The drum didn't rotate and there was little heat. After almost 90 minutes the machine stopped but the clothes were still wet. I found an older guy from India in the motel's laundry room. I was able to put the wet clothes into one of the industrial dryers. It took a long time to get the clothes back because the guy left the laundry room till after 5 pm.

I sort of slept through the night. I chose cereal again over waffles. I left the motel around 7:45 am. I backtracked to US 20 and headed west. I rode down the highway a couple of miles and stopped at a Walmart to get some new innertubes and also food. I had to go back and buy a new water bottle because one of the bottles behind the seat was missing.

At a gas station outside of Angola, I stopped for a break. The owner from India gave me a free drink from the soda machine. A lady customer slipped me $10. I didn't get far down the road when I got stopped by a guy in a car. He had one of my water bottles with him. It had fallen off Allison at the gas station.

The ride to Irving went okay. The temperature was in the 80s but there was a light wind. I got a little over 20 miles in by noon.

In Irving, I stopped at a Burger King for a late lunch. When I got to Silver Creek, I had to wait in the downtown area to see if a thunderstorm was going to come through the area. I heard several loud bangs of thunder and the sky was dark. After about 40 minutes of hanging out in the city square, I started the climb up the hill to Sheridan. The rest of the ride to Fredonia went okay. Before going to the Days Inn where I had a reservation, I stopped at a BK for a strawberry shake.

I'm less than 28 miles to the PA state line.

July 03 - T : Fredonia, New York to North East, Pennsylvania : 31.51 miles (50.42 km)
68.06 C 37.94 R
Trip Total : 3,218.93 miles (5,150.29 km)

One Hundred-sixth day on tour.

The night was okay even though there were some problems in the room. I woke up around 5 am. There wasn't much for breakfast. I was lucky getting some cereal and yogurt.

I left the hotel room around 7:40 am but I could leave to hotel grounds because the rear tire was flat. I found a really tiny piece of wire sticking up inside the tire. I used my pliers to pull it out. I put in a new innertube and was able to inflate the tire up to 60 psi.

I backtracked a little over a mile to US 20 and then turned west. The ride west went okay. I decided to stop early at the McDs in Westfield for some lunch. Even with the early lunch, I got about 20 miles in by noon. The afternoon ride went okay. A couple of miles west of Ripley, I crossed into Pennsylvania. I stopped to take a picture of the state sign. From the state sign, it was a little over a mile to the motel next to I-90 where I had a reservation.

I'm only riding to the west side of Erie tomorrow because of the heat and the holiday.

After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to not end this mission trip back in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I feel that if I go back, I might get into a situation close to what happened in Columbus, Georgia back in 2016.

July 04 - W : North East, Pennsylvania to Erie, Pennsylvania : 23.78 miles (38.05 km)
68.65 C 38.35 R
Trip Total : 3,242.71 miles (5,188.34 km)

One Hundred-seventh day on tour.

The night wasn't that good. There was a lot of noise to deal with. The room was in the back really close to I-90. The motel corner was a couple hundred feet away from the interstate. Wished that I could have gotten an odd number room instead of an even numbered room. The air conditioner/heater unit was really noisy. Whenever I shut off the unit, there was another loud noise that sounded like metallic breathing. I slept pretty lightly.

I woke up before 5 am. There was supposed to be some breakfast but the cereal looked pretty stale. I left the motel a little after 7 am and I went to the nearby McDs for some breakfast. After breakfast, the ride through the village of North East went okay. From there, the ride to Harborcreek went okay. Between Harborcreek and Wesleyville, I stopped at a Walmart to get a few things.

From the Walmart, it was an okay ride into Erie. I got a little more than 20 miles by noon. I stopped at a McDs for some lunch. After lunch, it was about a four mile ride to the hotel where I had a reservation. I had to wait about a half hour in the lobby for my room to get cleaned.

I'll be crossing into Ohio tomorrow. It should be a quiet night tonight even though it is the 4th of July because Erie had it's fireworks display last night.



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