Monday, July 2, 2007

Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada

Yes, this trip has officially gone international. We crossed over into Canada this afternoon, and are staying in the town of Fort Erie, just across the Niagara River from Buffalo, NY. What makes this especially interesting is that today is the day Canadians are celebrating "Canada Day", their Independence Day. (Usually July 1, but this year it fell on a Sunday.)

We are currently at about 1785 miles along the UGRR route, and have ridden 1965 total miles.

Summarizing the last several days is pretty easy:

Saturday, June 30: The remainder of that day after Erie was pretty uneventful..... we made the town of North East, PA as planned. Total miles ridden that day was 54.

Sunday, July 1: We rode into the State of New York (our 9th state on this trip). This was a very difficult day, in that we had strong headwinds almost the entire day. It was also very cool, generally a good thing, but the winds made it actually cold, especially when the sun went behind the many clouds in the sky that day. Nevertheless, we actually made it a little further than expected, to the town of Angola, NY. Total miles: 58.

Monday, July 2 (today): Our objective today was to ride hard and get through the downtown sections of Buffalo, across the bridge and through customs during the middle part of the day, so as not to have to contend with any rush hours in the city. That all worked as planned. We had a nice morning of riding along the Lake shoreline, got our first views of Canada across the lake as the Lake narrowed near Buffalo, and we hit Buffalo and the border by around 2 pm. Crossing was pretty easy.... we got special attention from Canadian customs officials as we were the only bicycles coming across today! Actually they were very nice and helpful.

Our next spot on the itinerary is the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It sits at the north end of the Niagara River, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It will be about a 45 mile ride tomorrow, which will also take us past Niagara Falls. We will stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake for 2 days, and on Wednesday my cousin Fred and his wife Danette will come from Rochester, NY to visit us for the day, and take in a play with us at the annual Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We're really looking forward to their visit!

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