01/26/22 12:34 - ID#60871
Christmas cookie delivery
I scoop cookies small so we had a lot of plates. Scotchies, ginger snaps, raspberry thumbprint, chocolate chip and Italian ricotta cookies. Almost all delivered by bike, with (e:Paul) too!
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08/02/20 05:37 - ID#60818
Rotterdam to Albany
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08/02/20 05:34 - ID#60817
Utica to Rotterdam
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08/02/20 05:32 - ID#60816
Syracuse to Utica
Right on the edge of Syracuse there's a state park called Green Lake. Due to the minerals in it, it's a brilliant blue color. I would have loved to swim in it but it was a roped-off lifeguard situation, and was packed with families. Maybe another time.
Breakfast in Canastota. We were able to find a place that had a tofu scramble. I thought it would be hard to find vegan food in rural New York but it was not. The place was called "The Toast" and it was great. Unfortunately writing this in November it appears to have closed.
Right east of there was Oneida, New York. Next time I would like to see it because it basically was a utopian cult turned company turned town. Very interesting.
(e:terry) was getting beat by the heat. He was a little cranky by the time we got to Rome around 3pm. I convinced him we would go to Utica and stay in a hotel.
In Utica we ate at Zenia's Lebanese restaurant. It was so good.
We stayed at the Rosemont bed and breakfast. The building was a classy Victorian house.
I had never stayed in an actual bnb before, so I didn't know what to expect. The woman at the desk took our preferences for breakfast the next morning, had a whole list of recommendations of what to do etc. It was very nice. I think we stayed in the "Wine and Roses" room, lol.
Sheep getting ready for bed.
Utica obviously had seen some much better days but there was some remnants of some nice houses and architecture. The neighborhood around the hotel had brick houses nicer than Allentown, but a lot of vacant lots. Aroud the corner was a beer store, while I waited for Terry outside I saw a ton of drug deals.
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08/02/20 05:29 - ID#60815
Macedon to Syracuse
A lot of the canal was missing in this segment as the NYS Barge canal had replaced a lot of the old Erie Canal. So what remained was more of a swampy brush.
Obligatory stop for snacks in the town of Clyde, NY. It had a nice little square and also a cafe with snacks and coffee.
Out of Clyde continuing east, there was a bit of road riding with striped bike lanes. I didn't mind it since traffic was light but on a 90 degree day it was scorching in the sun. I also got stung by a bee for the first time in my life. It flew right into my shirt. Surprisingly didn't hurt that bad.
The next stop was a strange town called Weedsport. Twixxie and Ernie wanted to see the Teddy Mountain plushie store. Terry and I ate some Weedsport ice. The cucumber flavor was the most fucking delicious ice I have ever had.
Contiuing on into Syracuse which is suprisingly hilly. After such a hot day and a general need to wash our shorts, we checked into a temple turned hotel called Hotel Skyler. The rooms were very nice and the hotel clerk had locked our bikes in one of the rooms. They also had halved capacity for COVID.
Downtown Syracuse was actually put together. I think they urban renewaled less than Buffalo in their core. Armory Square had a lot of shops and restaurants, and of course a vegetarian friendly burrito place.
What is he covering?
Syracuse does have a monument to Columbus downtown, with Native American heads attached to all the corners. WTF?
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08/02/20 05:23 - ID#60814
Albion to Macedon
So we got up pretty early and rode on to Holley in a drizzle. I am glad we didn't reach Holley Town Park the night before, because they banned cyclists camping or showering there (boaters are still allowed for some reason). Seems like a tiny town would want the tourism, but because of this (e:terry) and I looked around the park and continued on.
The Holley Canal falls were nice. Here's Ernie and Twixxie with a photo-op. The falls are entirely manmade, meant to keep release water from the canal.
Next places were Brockport, Spencerport and the west side of Rochester. There was a bit of a downpour by the time we got to Rochester, but once you are wet, you are wet!
We ate at Voula's Greek Sweets, downtown Rochester, which despite it's name is not just a dessert place. Omg it's so good. Everything is vegan and vegetarian, I got a seitan gyro.
The rest of the day was spent riding around downtown Rochester, along the trail into fancypants Fairport, and eating at of course, a taco restaurant called Lulu.
The canal east of Rochester became a bit more interesting since it followed a creek.
At night we set up camp in Macedon town park, which had free camping on an island in the canal not too far east of Rochester. The town was absolutely tiny and the camp side was nice and quiet.
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08/02/20 05:20 - ID#60813
Buffalo to Albion
First stop was stopping by my parents' on the way to Tonawanda.
Then we rode down the rail trail to the canal. I always passed this sign and wanted to ride to Rochester, now I was.
First stop was Lockport. We stopped for vegetables at some cafe, I think I had a quinoa black bean bowl that was OK. We also got an iced coffee from Steamworks which is a coffee shop that chose an interesting name.
I don't remember the last time I was in Lockport but I definitely didn't remember that there were Lockport Caves. Are they just part of the canal lock?
Next up was riding to Medina. I got a flat somewhere in between but luckily had the repair kit and new pump, was able to fix it pretty quickly.
I love Medina as far as small towns go mostly because I have a totally healthy obsession with sandstone. The downtown is cute and suprisingly bougie.
Terry and I of course stopped for Mexican at Mariachi de Oro in Medina. They have a nice healthy veggie fajita, and Terry had grilled cheese and cactus tacos. Gulped down a jamiaca/hibiscus drink with it. Would definitely go bvack again
Typical trail between Lockport and Rochester
At some points you are crossing over creeks in a sort of canal aqueduct.
Here is the only road that crosses underneath the canal. Somewhere shortly before here a man came riding up and asked if we wanted to camp in his backyard. We should have taken him up on his offer. We decided to keep riding to a town called Holley instead, because I had read they had a town park with bathrooms and showers.
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08/02/20 05:03 - ID#60811
15 miles on the Erie canal
I had a ton of vacation days and not going anywhere populated due to COVID. So when the weather looked nice with little rain for a week I managed to convince (e:terry) to come a trip across the Erie Canal trail.
The trail itself is about 350 miles if you go from canalside to Albany.
It's mostly flat since most of it follows the existing or old canal.
We really committed to going on the 20th, leaving the 21st. I felt like we were going to be woefully unprepared somehow but figured there's towns across the way.
We each brought two panniers.
Packing list for future trips:
- tire lever
- patch kit
- two 700cx35 presta tubes
- adjustable wrench
- portable frame pump, bought the Topeak road morph G on recommendation from Ricks
- 4 shirts
- bike shorts and sporty shorts
- regular shorts
- 5 pairs of socks and 1 pair of underwear
- hat each
- 2 rain jackets
- 1 pillow
- light blanket
- heavy 4 person coleman tent
- light blanket
- two inflatable sleeping pads
- purple cabbage
- cliff bars
- cashews and almonds
- 2 metal water bottles
- Paul's old macbook air for work emergency
- big ol power brick, 50,000mAH
- Terry brought kindle and switch
Twixxie and Ernie the sheep for trip mascots :sheep:
The tent was the heaviest and bulkiest thing but I didn't want to commit to buying a lighter one if this worked. I figured there should be water along the way to hobo wash our clothes/selves.
It all fit pretty well in our bags and actually we had a lot of room left over.
Tent and pads had to be strapped to our rear racks but bungees did the job.
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10/07/19 11:51 - ID#60796
So long, trusty steed
But anyways I wanted to write about my bike. Around a month and a half back on a Fwednesday night ride, my poor Trek FX 7.1 bit the dust. The rear drop out snapped right off at the axle! Only 8 years old - I guess I might have killed it by pack mule-ing groceries.
Here it is in it's final moments, looking undignified.
It was my first real bike and first real purchase that took me to my first job, on my first dates, around at school and everywhere!
Here's baby-faced me with it in 2012:
Luckily I was able to find a warranty claim on it with Trek. They sent me back a new Trek FX 1. I thought it was time to move on to a touring bike though, so I traded it in and now I am riding this beautiful Surly Trucker.
Drop handlebars and a steel frame have changed my life - same weight as my old bike and it doesn't even flinch at a pothole or a full load of groceries. I've already ridden to Niagara Falls on it with (e:terry).
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01/04/17 12:38 - ID#60742
You can tell it's kind of like the basement at Rick's but somehow they found some money to arrange them very nicely.
The random rare bikes they had were insane. They had a 5 seated tandem from the Monkees, a mountain bike with a single sided fork, a bike someone rode literally around the world, and this street-legal fiberglass tricycle car that allegedly got 100mpg in the 1980's.
The weirdest part of the whole museum were the non sequitur jokes scattered around the building. For example. there was a baby doll in a cage with this sign attached.
Or this dummy in a trunk.
Or this neon hippie-bike-part-dance-party room. Which starts blasting this eurodance song "God is a woman" as soon as you walk in.
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- going out