Net Elevation gain: -20 ft.
Average Speed: 8.1 mph
Top Speed: 27.7 mph
Time spent biking: 6 hours 2 minutes
Total time for the day's travels: 10 hours
Miles biked today: 49.3
Total for trip: 423.9 miles
We had our earliest start of the trip this morning, leaving the house by 7:20 A.M! This is really exciting, as we've been hoping to leave earlier every day. We both slept well and ate a good breakfast of yogurt, granola, fruit and left over pizza before we got on the bike. It was a beautiful day for riding and our rain coats stayed packed the whole day.
We were amazed how quickly the miles piled up in the morning. We headed North on Rt 14 out of Geneva, and then west on Rt. 31 before making an educated guess and finding the well-maintained tow paths along the Erie Canal. Before noon we had biked over 25 miles! Once on path we were free of cars and things seemed easier, but the path is not paved in that region, so it might have been a bit slower than normal. More than anything, though, we've found that the terrain matters less than how we FEEL (about the terrain, or just in general).
While we were taking a break on the path, Brett took a few minutes and called his mom. It makes us happy to stay connected to our family and friends, especially when we can't update the blog every day. We may even talk to some members of our family more when we're out here than we do from home!
We stopped for lunch at the Muddy Waters Cafe, just off the canal path. It was really hot, so it was nice to get a chance to go inside and drink ice water and eat some nice sandwiches. In the restaurant and along the path, we talked with so many friendly people about our trip.
Along the path we found black raspberries, but they weren't ripe yet. Soon we'll find some that are, we hope! The path alongside the Erie Canal is really relaxing and fun. It's not quite as flat as we had guessed, but it sure beats hills! Also, at one point, across the canal from Fairport, we stopped under some trees to escape the sun for a bit. We opened up the computer and amazingly found wireless Internet! It was so nice to be able to check our email and work on the blog while resting outdoors in the shade at the same time.
As we neared our destination for the night, we saw nine cute baby ducklings in the canal. Soon after, we crossed a bridge into Pittsford, NY where Jenny's friend Denise lives.
We found Denise's house but she and her boyfriend Aaron were out at a wedding for the evening, so we biked a short distance into town to find some dinner. We ate pizza (Jenny) and a tuna sub (Brett), and then went back to set up the tent, take a shower and brush our teeth, write Denise a poem, and head to bed. On our way to the tent in the backyard, we noticed that her moon flower had opened! What a nice way to end the evening.