I’m writing this on August 3rd because the internet service in our hotel in Henrietta was so poor that I couldn’t get on long enough to post anything. Which reminds me of the only real gripe I have about this trip — the hotels are lousy. (We’ll talk about food later). I expected rather bland chain motels. After all, the point is not to stay in fancy places but rather to bike across the country. However, some of our hotels have just been unpleasant and maybe even unhealthy. By general agreement, yesterday’s was the worst — with torn carpeting, cracked walls, mold, dysfunctional plumbing, and crummy internet service. So a word to prospective riders — check out the hotels first. If the tour still includes the Day’s Inn in Henrietta, New York — don’t sign up. That suggests that ABB management is not listening to its customers.
Apart from the hotel, everything went fine yesterday. It was a pretty day, we had favorable winds, and we cruised through some very pretty, very rural areas of upper New York state. We made very good time — only to arrive early at a motel we really didn’t like.
The evening was the best part of the day. Loco’s sister-in-law, Mimi lives with her family (husband Jeff and kids, Kevin and Kim) about 20 minutes away from Henrietta. So, she invited us — Loco, me, Tucson Terry, and Columbus Dan — to come over for a home-cooked meal. Boy, was that ever popular. (Daughter Kim is working for Loco’s wife, Ann, in Denver this summer. We met her when Ann and she came to visit on our rest day in Casper. Unfortunately, Kim was thrown out of the bar — but that’s a different story). We sat on a lovely deck, overlooking a forest scene, and cooked thick steaks on a grill. We also sampled some of the many micro-
brews from the local area. Apparently, northern New York has one of the largest concentrations of micro-breweries in the country. I think our favorite was Pork Slap Pale Ale. We had a very early start this morning so we couldn’t stay late but we enjoyed every bit of the break from our routine.
Day’s distance: 82.3 miles (132.4 km)
Average speed: 17.5 mph (28.2 kph)
Day’s climb: 1,550 feet (472.4 meters)
Total distance: 3,254.6 miles (5,237.8km)