August 6th: Angola to Lewiston, NY
August 6th Statistics: Angola to Lewiston, NY
- Today’s Biking Distance – 76.1 miles
- Today’s Average Speed – 15.2 mph
- Today’s Time In Saddle – 5.0 hours
- Today Ascent – 1,348 feet
- Total Trip Biking Days – 44
- Total Trip Biking Distance – 3,414.0 miles
- Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 77.6 miles
- Total Trip Ascent – 85,855 feet
Today was the most perfect day for biking of the entire tour so far – sunshine, low-mid 70s, low humidity. We could not have had a better day for seeing Niagara Falls. The roads were good for biking (actually better than much of the bike paths on the route so we often biked the roads) and we had minimal riding through unsightly areas of Buffalo. While riding into Canada on the Peace Bridge was easy and quick, the return to the US via the Queenston Bridge required us to wait in line (mostly in the sun and exhaust fumes) for about 45 minutes with hundreds of cars and trucks.
I almost forgot a milestone today – I biked the entire day with Doug, Jim, and Robert and even led the group for part of the ride. This is quite a change from a month ago. I can clearly tell that I am a stronger rider every day.
Our evening was spent in Lewiston, NY. After dinner at Maci’s Italian Restaurant, I decided to walk the town and relish the beautiful evening weather – glad I did. As I walked into this quaint town I heard music. There was a concert in the town square with hundred of people in lawn chairs enjoying it as they sipped their wine. Further along there was a restaurant with a solo artist playing guitar and singing smooth jazz to a small crowd. As I reached the Niagara River waterfront in Lewiston it was buzzing with activity. I again heard music (this time rock & roll) coming from one of the many restaurants there, the ice cream palor was packed, and the walking path full of couples. A nice way to end the day.