Lake Erie State Park to Geneva-On-The-Lake 100 Miles

6/12/19

I ate the chicken sandwich and one of the honey buns I bought in Dunkirk for breakfast before we started out on our first 100-mile day.  We get the 100 because we went off route a little over 1.5 miles for breakfast in Westfield.  There was supposed to have been a place about a quart mile off line but it was permanently closed down.  But we saw a local walking on the side of road that told us about the diner in Westfield. We stopped at a family owned dinner instead of going to McDonalds.

When we left Westfield we had a strong tail wind which blew us back to the route. We crossed into the state of Pennsylvania.  

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At rest stop one, most of the rest of the team found a diner that had great cinnamon rolls  but we didn’t complain.

Before the last rest stop at Conneaut we crossed into Ohio.

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As we entered Conneaut we stopped at White Turkey Drive-In.  I had a root-beer float and a Big Ed’s hamburger.

This being our first 100 mile ride we conserved our energy the best we could.  We also took advantage of food at rest stops 2 and 3. We rode most of the day parallel with Lake Erie.  We definitely knew we had ridden 100 miles once we got to Geneva-On-The-Lake.

This was a milestone point in another way.  We just completed the first 1000 miles of our ride.  Our route leader did some outstanding art work.

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Buffalo to Lake Erie State Park 70 Miles

6/11/19

Buffalo Tours Hostel made coffee and oatmeal for anyone that wanted it.  Oatmeal is not one of my favorite things, but I did eat a small bowl, which turned out to be a good thing.

A large group of about 10 riders took off together.  We weaved our way out of downtown Buffalo and weaving is the correct word.  We had to stop several times to regroup because of stop lights and heavy traffic.  Ed and to play traffic cop at one intersection to get us all through together.  The people in cars by in large were understanding.  It took about an hour to clear Buffalo.

Once we cleared Buffalo, we came to the first McDonalds today. It was over 10 miles into our ride and where Ed and I stopped for a real breakfast.  I was extremely hungry by this time.  This delay would come back to haunt me later in the day.

Ed was trying to get to Dunkirk to meet some people from Purina, the company Ed used to work for.  Purina planned a luncheon and little get together for him.  With that in mind we pushed on but I finally had to tell Ed I needed to eat because I had bonked.   Ed got something small and continued.  I got a large Stromboli but I was hurting so much that the calories really didn’t help much.

Lake Erie State Park didn’t have any food facilities, so I stopped at Dunkirk to get something to eat and also something for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Once I got in I took a shower and was in bed by 7:00 p.m.