Northern Tier 2010

August 30, 2010

The End of Easy

Filed under: New York, Section 10 — Henry Scott @ 8:00 pm

Today was the last day of the easy terrain I’ve been enjoying since southeastern Iowa — I’ve averaged 111 miles per day since my night in the Muscatine Super 8, without having to work very hard, due to the relatively flat landscape. After an excellent night’s sleep in Holley I got back on the Canalway Trail and continued downstream with a gentle tailwind. The towns appeared to get progressively more affluent as I approached and continued past Rochester. I stopped for a late breakfast in Pittsford, and then left the canal in Palmyra — the original home of Mormonism.

I proceeded north to the southern shore of Lake Ontario and visited Sodus Point. Unfortunately, it has been a hazy day so the coastal views weren’t as pretty as I suspect is typical. I then rode inland again, through ubiquitous apple orchards, before coming back to the lake at Fair Haven, where I’m camped for the night in a state park.

Several other touring cyclists converged here tonight, and I’m sharing a site with Michael, who is from Karlruhe, Germany and circumnavigating the Great Lakes. The site beside us is occupied by four bikers from New Hampshire on their way to Erie (heads up, Mom and Dad, you may get a call requesting tent space in the yard).

The terrain became hillier throughout the day, even along the lake shore, and I expect more of the same tomorrow as I head into the Adirondacks. My daily mileage will surely drop, but I’m looking forward to spending my last week or two in the mountains of New England.



  1. We’d be glad to give them tent space in the yard! (Also warm showers). We will probably be back in North East tomorrow (got back to Indiana today. Not much grass to cut–so hot! But Dad’s doing it). Good visit with Eckelmans. David enjoyed your blog.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 31, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  2. We are enjoying your blog more and more as you get into territory that
    we know well. We have made the drive from Indiana to Maine at least 3
    times a year for the past 8 years or so. We highly recommend checking out the
    Adirondacks if your legs hold up. Also, feel free to give your parents our
    e mail in case they would need it while they are in Maine.
    What does the sign on the back of your bike say?? It is never in the photos.
    Happy pedaling, Michelle Payne

    Comment by Michelle Payne — September 1, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    • The photo to which you refer is actually of Michael, the German guy I met in Fair Haven. His sign says, “Oversize Load,” which is fitting because he is carrying a LOT of gear!

      Comment by Henry Scott — September 2, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  3. I’m glad to finally check out your blog… looks like an incredible trip, Henry! Thanks for sharing it! It’s great how many cyclists (and other interesting folks) you met along the way. Are you planning the Southern Tier for your next sabbatical?!

    Comment by Brigid McAuliffe — April 4, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

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