Day 17 – Niagara Falls, ON to Holley, NY – 76 miles

Had to say good bye to the falls this morning, and by doing that I also said good bye to Canada.  It has been a great three days in Ontario.

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New York side of the falls

While on a pier overlooking the skyline of Niagara Falls, I decided to check the amount of tread left on my back tire.  Good thing I did because it didn’t have many miles left.  It was no surprise to me.  I knew all along that I would need to replace that tire.  I put on over 1,000 miles on that tire before this tour even started.

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After the bike shop in Tonawanda, I ate at one of the awesome canalside vendors.

It was all designated bike route to Lockport from Tonawanda – meaning wide and smooth shoulder on the road.  In Lockport, I said good bye to the roads and said hello to the Erie Canal Heritage Trail.  This path follows right alongside the Erie Canal and goes from Lockport all of the way to Albany in the other side of New York.  Essentially, this path takes you across the entire state of New York.

The trail is awesome.

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I saw deer, fox, beaver, ducks, fish, turtles, and many geese that hiss at you if you get too close.

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The trail traverses areas of woods, farmlands, and prairies between the elegant canal towns.

In Holley here, I’m set up at a park next to the canal.  It has shower facilities – usually for people who dock their boats here – but the bridge operator (who lifts the drawbridge when boaters call ahead) gave me the code for the showers and I made good use of it.

There were a few decent pictures today.

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Day 16 – Jarvis, ON to Niagara Falls, ON – 108 km (67 miles)

Left the Star Motel this morning and went 4 miles down the road to Jay’s Restaurant for breakfast.

Wind generators blanketed some of the fields on my way east.  They are a beautiful sight!  I don’t know what the deal is with the people who are against these wind generators.  It creates clean energy, makes energy cheaper not just for residences but for businesses too, and it creates jobs by manufacturing the turbines, constructing the turbines, and maintaining the turbines.  I suggest that people think about all these benefits before they complain about having to look at the turbines.  Why don’t they complain about yards and property that are messy and filled with junk?

I hit a couple stretches of road construction today.  One stretch I wanted to bypass by going around.  After missing a turn and going down a dirt road that slowly transitioned into a muddy creek and having to turn around, I decided to just go through the road construction from now on.  I simply walked the bike when I needed.

I biked through the Wellen tunnel:

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I found a host in Niagara Falls.  He was pretty cool.  I was even treated to a ride down by the falls to get some pictures :)  Here they are:

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It is hard to get a grasp on how much water actually goes over those falls unless you are there.  It if easy to capture an image on camera, but you cannot capture the power of water plunging against rocks and spraying mist in the air.