Saturday, July 19, 2008

Erie Canal Tour is out of commission, or at least I can't get there from this computer.

A 6 hr drive got us to the Amtrak station in Utica N.Y. Boxing the bikes when smoothly bu repacking the panniers in the parking lot was tough with the humidity.

We boarded the train just as last call was being announced for dinner. We did manage our freebee food but paid the price later. We traveled in a tiny little sleeper car becase all the seats were sold out. There was just enough room for us and our bags.

A 12:30 arrival in Buffalo left us stranded in an industrial area where the owners of the cheap motel we had planned on spending the night, refused to answer the bell. Consequently we had to pay $140 for a night in the Days Inn at the airport. We finally got to our room around 2:30AM.

Day 1.

It's 10:30 and Brandon is still lollygaging. He is off to McDonalds for breakfast and after that we will take the shuttle back to the train station, retrieve and reassemble our bikes, and begin the 350 mile ride back to Utical via the Erie Canal.
We are looking into a side trip to Niagra Falls today then ride to Lockport this afternoon or this evening.

It's hot outside, but we are both very excited.


  1. Best of luck with your ambitious cycling trip!

  2. Looking forward to all your stories from your trip!!

  3. Woo Hoo!! I'm glad that you're on the road. I tried CGOAB too, and it's down. Say hi to Brandon for me!


  4. I hope you enjoy your time on the road. I'm sitting in an office right now.