Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 3 - NYC to Niagara Falls

June 26, 2014

I've learned from previous cycling adventures with my kids to take it easy on Day 3.  It takes a few days to adjust to cycling many hours a day, and by the third day of a multi-week trip, it's common to have sore shoulders, a sore butt, heavy legs and general fatigue.  If you push too hard, it's easy to get an injury.  But if you are patient in the first week of riding, your body quickly adjusts to the new normal of cycling much of the day.  After a while, your muscles start to crave the movement, and you smile at how great it feels to say goodbye to sedentary living.

The World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany gave us an excellent excuse to take it easy today.  We spent the morning hanging out with Kristan Flynn and her two fun-loving kids, then we settled down to watch the soccer game in a cafe in Beacon, NY.  The U.S. lost 1 - 0 but still advanced to the next round in the tournament, so we were in high spirits as we pedaled out of town in mid-afternoon.  Along the way, we documented five animals for the roadkill project we're conducting with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, sending photos with location data embedded to Professor Fraser Shilling at the University of California Davis.

We followed the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, where we replenished our calories in a German beer garden.  Tomorrow, we will explore the national historical sites of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, as we continue to ride north on the east side of the Hudson River.

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Here are some photos:

My wife Eiko with Kristan Flynn

Kristan and I

Sofia testing out Saya's trailer cycle

Saya and Sofia's opinion of Sho: "vary anoying"

Sho, Saya and Eiko in front of the waterfall in Beacon

Sho, Saya and I

Saya looking at one of the animals we documented for the roadkill project

1 comment:

  1. Alison Qualter-BernaJune 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    i love that two of my closest friends got together and connected! of course you are two amazing people.
    charles, best of luck in your continued journey upstate... we are excited for you!