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.
A few miles further, we approached Canada. We knew it was difficult to cross via bike since there is no other option than to cross via the main bridge with traffic, so we readied our passports and studied the instructions on our map. Once we felt comfortable about what was to come, we headed out, but that feeling was quickly lost when we encountered a construction detour. Of course we messed this up, which caused stress to surface. Eventually, we made it across the border, despite tears shed and the cursing about the lack of a bike lane (read: Rachel).
As we followed the river upstream, the Niagara Whirlpool came into view first, which has tram running back and forth directly above.
When the sky began to darken, we left the falls towards the Rainbow Bridge, which we once again crossed with cars. After that, we used a bike path along the river that brought us to the north bridge to Grand Island, where Robin’s Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary live. The bike path was lovely, although quite buggy.
Dave and Mary welcomed us into their beautiful home and we relaxed in the backyard while devouring yummy chips and dip and gawking over their impressive landscaping! Later, we enjoyed a delicious dinner and much great conversation with them.
Trip stats, to date (Day 14)
- Lockport, NY to Grand Island, NY
- Daily mileage: 49.7mi; Trip total to date: 816.5mi
- Daily riding time: 5hr 2min; Trip total time: 68hr 49min
- Daily ascent: 2,224ft; Trip total ascent: 36,855ft
- Flat tires: Rachel – 1; Chris – 0