I made the mistake of washing clothes just before dark last night, and found them still soaking wet this morning. So we took our time to give things a chance to dry out in the early morning sun.
Today we planned to meet Rachel’s friend Jenn for lunch. She is interning for GE in Erie, PA as an industrial engineer. Just thinking about lunch made us hungry though, so we stopped at a small restaurant in Barcelona, NY for brunch.
We left Grand Island feeling rested and with full stomachs. Dave and Mary were fantastic hosts; it was sad to leave, but the weather improved, so we felt the urge to resume progress.
We slept in past nine today- our latest so far this trip! It must have been the steak filling our stomachs, and the soft, real pillows that we got to lay our heads on.
It was a bummer wake to a dreary, rainy view outside the window, and find that it was going to continue for the rest of the day. So, rather than rush out, we sat down with some delicious pancakes, courtesy of Dave, and got so caught up talking and swapping stories with him and Mary, that it was past one before we knew it!
Dave & Mary offered for us to stay another night, and to show us around Buffalo for the day. We were worried that we might be overstaying our welcome, but after some insisting on their part we took them up on their offer.
Our first stop of the Buffalo tour was Campus Wheelworks in Elmwood Village, where Chris bought a fancy new Brooks cambium saddle for his trusty steed (his bum thanks him). Afterward, we continued the driving tour and found that Buffalo is a really neat city that is beginning to see a resurgence. Accordingly, we visited a brewery called Resurgence to try some new brews. Chris’ favorite was the Resurgence IPA, while I liked the Summer Saison.
It rained a bit last night, and the wind picked up immensely. Our goal was to depart for Niagara Falls around 7am, but instead we slept in when we woke to the wind whipping against the tent. The wind persisted and made for slow progress. Fortunately, though, the storm predicted for noon didn’t arrive until night.
We happened upon a demonstration of the original five-tiered canal lock in Lockport, which was very impressive.