Day 18 – Holley, NY to Geneva, NY – 76 miles

The first half of the day didn’t entail much. I awoke to the early sun shining across the Erie Canal. People were beginning to set up for the town’s summer festival day in the park nearby. After packing up camp, I rode through the park to a diner and had breakfast.

I followed the Erie Canal trail until Pittsford. The trail started to get rough and parts of it had construction.

I then started riding on highway 96 east. This road took me all the way east before turning south for 5 miles to Geneva.

Biking into Geneva, NY, I happened to see a banner that saying the St. Stephen’s and St. Francis Desales church is having an event at the church today. Being Catholic I felt compelled to stop in, so I did. I happened to ask the festival chairperson (what are the odds?) where the food was because I was hungry. After finding out why I was riding my bike, he told me that my food would be paid for.
“Welcome to Geneva, NY”

Another awesome experience that I know God had a role in.

I spent about 2 hours of the evening along the shores of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes here in New York.

I’m currently writing this post in my tent that is set up in a vacant lot in Geneva (the owner said I could tent here). Fireworks are being shot off over the lake to cap off the city carnival that happened today. The loud explosions interrupt the hip hop music that can be heard faintly from one of the houses about a block down the street.

The finale of fireworks just ended. Let’s hope I can get some sleep tonight.

A bridge near Rochester, NY
Seneca Lake
Bike path around Seneca Lake
Sunset between trees