Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hamburg to Canadaigua NY 97.3 miles - 3,508.2 miles cum

Today started out bright and sunny, a big contrast to yesterday. We jumped on our bikes at 7:00AM and rode 8 miles to a bicycle museum in Orchard Park NY. It is run by a gentleman and his wife who are in their 70's. Carl Burgwardt is the most knowledgeable man I have ever heard regarding the bicycle. He told us about the evolution of the bicycle and it was fascinating. I found it very interesting that most of the early automobile technology evolved from the bicycle. There is a very strong bicycle connection to the airplane as the Wright brothers were bicycle makers who used a lot of bicycle technology in the first planes.
Again I rode with Meiri and we rode along highway 20 east through New York. I am really reminded of Western Pennsylvania as we made our way through the little towns. Some of these towns go back to the late 1700's We stopped at an old cemetery. It is fascinating to see gravestones of folks born in 1812 and who died in the early 1900's.
As we got closer to Canadaigua, we could see storm clouds. I was afraid that we were going to get wet but Meiri insisted that we would stay dry. She was right! We passed through several areas where it had obviously rained but we stayed dry.
After we got in, I found that Bruce had just got in a little before us. Heid that his wet clothes were milldewed from yesterday. He was going to go to the Laundromat after dinner so I went with him. Meiri and Alex also went. We finished off the night at a Starbucks! Perfect end to a long day!

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