Spencerport to Lockport 55 Miles

6/09/19

Spencerport Wesleyan Church, where we spent the night provided us a full breakfast and sausage at 7 a.m. They made more than we could eat.  Ed missed breakfast because he was going to church in Medina which was 34 miles down route.  This was a special place for Ed since this best friend was married there 45 years before.

Most of us started out at about 8:00 a.m. and most of the ride today was along the Erie Canal.  One thine good about riding along the canal was the ride was mainly flat.  The bad thing was the bike path was in a state of renovation.   Some of the ride was very rough with rocks, gravel and hard pack rutted trails, but the worst was packed sand.  The sand would just suck your tires in and bring you to an immediate stop.  One time that happened to me and down I went to my knees.  The sand took the scab off my right knee and so I once again had a bloody knee.  Another couple of weeks and I won’t remember having a skinned knee.  All the riders were affected by the sand trails, but one told me he fell 5 times.  I believe this was the record.

We rode the first part on the day in a fairly large group.  Some of which I hadn’t ridded with before.  After the first and only rest stop, in Albion, I separated from this group and waited for Ed to catch up after Medina.  Here is one of the draw bridge and this one just happened to be at our rest stop.  We got to see this one raise and let a larger boat through.

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Coming into Medina we saw an unusual site.  A river went under the Erie Canal.  The river created a water fall.  It is hard to see from the picture.

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It was a strange site.

After Medina we encountered the thick sand again and it continued to just before Middleport.  At Middleport Ed and I stopped for lunch and regroup.  When we hit the trail after Middleport we had hard packed dirt trails the rest of the day.  This was a relief.

Once we made it to the First English Lutheran Church we were taken to the local YMCA for a great hot shower.  It makes up for any difficulty we had during the ride.  The church is also providing us we dinner.  The perfect way to our heats.

Sodus Point to Spencerport 65 miles (maybe)

6/08/19

This morning our group leaders made us breakfast of pancakes and fruit.  It was much appreciated and for me it saved me since this was bike repair day.

I stayed in camp and helped the leaders cleanup camp after everyone else had taken off because the lead van is going to take me to the bike repair shop in Rochester.  We followed the exact route  until it came time to take me to the bike shop.

We got to the shop, Tryon Bike , a little after 10:00a.m. and after a quick review and helping a couple of other customers that were already there, they jumped on my repair.

While they worked on my bike they set me up in their break room and gave me access to their internet.  I got caught up on all my past days posts which was great.  I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to not have internet service of even phone service.

Everyone at Tryon Bike made me feel welcome and they were extremely professional.  They have a well stocked store and had a lot of Saturday morning traffic.  They were working with all types of bike rides, young children, bike racers to weekend warriors.  They handle each of us with the same state of interest.

If you are ever in need of bike support and you are in Rochester New York visit this shop.

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Once the repair was complete they gave me clear instruction on how to get to the Erie Canal.

Determining which trail to take once in the park was a challenge.  I asked three different people which trail to take to get to Spencerport and I received 2 different answer and one that turned out to be correct.  By that time some of my team members came along and all was good.

Riding along the Eric Canal was fun and historic.  Here is a picture of one of the locks along the channel.

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