After all the mayhem and misfortune yesterday, we all needed a good positive ride today, and that’s what we got. The 118.9-mile route
from Liverpool, NY to Amsterdam, NY was made easier by a prevailing tailwind, and as far as I know, no one had any accidents. ( For
anyone who missed my earlier update to yesterday’s summary, our rider injured, Chris Cullum, has a fractured C5 vertebra and had to
fly home to San Diego. No surgery will be required, just a neckbrace for 4-6 weeks). Much of the route paralleled the Mohawk River,
so it was relatively flat, and I know I beat the luggage van into the refined-without-being–ostentatious America’s Value Inn of Amsterdam
by a few minutes, so I was moving along pretty well.
We left our hotel in Liverpool, and threaded our way through much of Syracuse before
emerging in the countryside alongside part of the old Erie Canal. While the skies were threatening all day, we only got a few sprinkles
as we passed through Utica. Our lunch stop was at the town of Little Falls, alongside the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Barge Canal.
I rode most of the morning with Ed Maas of Las Vegas.
After lunch, as fate would have it, we had our only big climb of the day,
between Little Falls and Fort Plain. The legs felt very heavy climbing right after lunch, so I need to remember that tomorrow, as
we have a lot of climbing planned as we leave New York and traverse Vermont before arriving in Keene, NH.
The final 40 miles
into Amsterdam I rode solo. This town is pretty depressing, as I found out futilely trying to find someplace quick to eat after showering
at the hotel. I got my hair cut (gotta look sharp to see Debbie and Grace day after tomorrow!), and the lady who did the deed said
that Amsterdam used to be big in the production of leather goods, but most of that industry has closed down. A couple of doors down
from the hair place was the storefront of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. I was thrilled with my good fortune, only to find
out that it is only open on weekends! Oh well, at least now I’ve got a good excuse to bring the entire family back on an upstate New
York vacation soon!
Stats for the day: Feet climbing 3,202; Avg. Speed 18.4 mph; calories 9,265; Total mileage 3,221 (236 miles