Northern Tier 2010

August 28, 2010

Empire State

Filed under: New York, Pennsylvania, Section 09, Section 10 — Henry Scott @ 5:00 pm

Well-rested after visiting family in North East, I had a great ride into New York (North East is just a few miles from the border), where I am again taking advantage of Warm Showers and staying with a host in Buffalo.

My nephew Christoffer joined me for the first fifteen miles to Jack’s restaurant — biking there for breakfast has become a tradition during family get togethers — and my parents drove to meet us, along with my niece Sofia and her friend Zoe. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

The rest of the ride was easy and very pretty — I stayed close to Lake Erie, with brief stops at Sturgeon Point and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff estate, and didn’t pull away until fairly near Buffalo. The terrain consited of gently rolling hills, and the weather was perfect. I even had a bit of a tailwind for much of the ride.

The sequence of resting for several days in South Bend, riding hard to North East, and then resting (along with fishing with my dad, playing croquet and watching sunsets over the lake) for a couple more days seems to have worked well for me. I think I beat the cold I feared I was developing as I left Cleveland, and my legs have had enough to time recover. I feel fresh and excited about the rest of the tour. Tomorrow I’ll head back into Canada, briefly, to see Niagara Falls from the Ontario side, and a lot of the day will be along bike trails.

I was glad to reach Buffalo in the early evening because it gave me time to explore the downtown area, and after checking in with my Warm Shower’s host I walked to Elmwood Ave for its Festival of the Arts. Unfortunately, most exhibitors had closed for the day, but there was live music and hordes of people, mostly hipsters of all ages, tooling around. I had dinner at a coffee house and sat by a large open window facing the street. My sandwich was good, but I loved watching the people.



  1. So nice to read youe post last night. We stopped for lunch in Indiana (and the kids had a brief visit with the Thomas grandchildren) and to leave the cat, and made it to Silver Spring before 7:00 PM. Zoe’s dad came to get her and stayed for a wonderful supper on the patio–shish kebabs. He wore a “Glacier National Park” tee-shirt, was born and grew up in Buffalo, and the family has spent vacations near Shroon (sp?) Lake. He’s worked for the Peace Corps. Lots of good conversation. John and Mette are great hosts. –We’ll get the Volvo battery checked (brought it with us) in Bethesda tomorrow (they don’t have them in Erie, we found by calling on cell phone). –David has bought a Volvo wagon and called-fun to talk to him.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  2. Indeed, we had a nice evening ith Mom and Dad after they had left you and North East. I am really glad Christoffer got to ride a bit with you, and now you’ve made him famous by including him in the blog. I hope the rst of the trip goes as well.

    Comment by John Scott — August 29, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  3. I am enjoying your dialog Henry.

    Sally said she discussed the Flume Gorge in NH with you. It is less than five miles north of North Woodstock, NH which it appears you will be travelling through during your transit of NH. I have attached website. Discovered in 1808, the Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mt. Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise perpendicularly to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are from 12 to 20 feet apart.

    You will then be travelling on the Kancamagus Highway from Lincoln – Conway, NH Stretching from the Pemigewasset River at Lincoln 34-1/2 miles to the town of Conway, this scenic byway climbs to nearly 3,000 feet as it crosses the flank of Mount Kancamagus. The original route was started in 1837, but it wasn’t until 1959 that is was opened and paving completed in 1964. Since 1968, the road has been opened year round except in the most dangerous winter weather. It was dedicated as a National Scenic Byway in 1989. As a Boy Scout I was a regular camper in this area pre-1964, when it became a tourist and ski attraction.

    I hope you enjoy travelling through some of my favorite areas in New England.


    Comment by Bob Pierce — August 29, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  4. I didn’t see today’s blog yet (8/28). I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading them. I like hear about the struggles and “roadblocks”. I’m also interested in seeing how you charge your electronic equipment from your bike. I didn’t see it in the past blogs. Maybe I missed it. I’m also interested in knowing how much water you are drinking.

    Today must have been rough. I tried riding a little farther than normal (55 miles) and the heat at Noon was whipping me. I think I was dehydrated. I still drank 2 full bottles of water. I can only imagine what you were feeling. The weather forcast for the next few days looks slightly better. Push on.

    Comment by Mike Thoma — August 30, 2010 @ 2:09 am

  5. I missed your usual description of what you had for breakfast. Was it flap-jacks and eggs? Did you keep track of your time from Freeport to Jack’s at Barcelona? John and I would like to compare it with our recent best times–John 51 minutes, George, 53 minutes. I’ll admit I had a tail wind and was not carrying anything, but then I didn’t have Christoffer along to draft me. (You don’t need to answer this–I know you get more fan mail than you can handle.)

    Comment by George Cass — August 30, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    • I forgot to check the time — it even occurred to me that you’d be curious, but I was focused on Jack’s pancakes. Since my dad was paying, I ordered both the pancakes and an omlette. Plus I got to help Sofie finish hers.

      Comment by Henry Scott — September 2, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

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