Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 12: NYC to Niagara Falls

July 5, 2014

Our NYC to Niagara Falls cycling adventure and roadkill project were just featured in a television news story on CNY Central, the local NBC and CBS affiliate in Syracuse, NY.  Check it out here:

Here are some action shots from our interview with CNY Central reporter Alex Resila.  I was impressed by how quickly he was able to write an article about our trip and put together the television segment.  He interviewed us in the mid-afternoon, and his work was ready to go live just a few hours later.

The day started off on a sad note, as we said goodbye to my wife Eiko, who took an Amtrak train back to NYC to return to work.  She was an excellent travel companion over the past twelve days, and I'll miss her company.  I was impressed by how well she managed cycling many hours a day -- she just got stronger as the trip went on.  She also handled with grace the various forms of discomfort that come with a ride of this magnitude, including far too many mosquito bites.  Instead of wearing bug spray, I just stand next to Eiko, and the mosquitos all prefer her.  I'm not complaining, but it's almost insulting.  Do I smell that bad?  Here are photos of Sho and Saya saying goodbye: 

Sho, Saya and I decided to take our first rest day of the trip in order to explore Syracuse, starting with the Erie Canal Museum.  As we've cycled along the Erie Canal over the past week, I've gained a greater appreciation for the major impact this engineering feat had on the United States.  The museum included an interesting film describing the history of the canal and exhibits that explain, among other things, how a lift lock works.  If you don't know, it's essentially a water elevator that allows boats to move through a canal with varying water levels.  Very cool.

The best part of our cycling trips is meeting cool people.  Saya made friends with Melissa, who works at the museum and was very kind to kids and adults alike!

We also watched two separate World Cup soccer games (congratulations Argentina and Netherlands!) at "J. Ryan's Pub" and "Small Plates."  I recommend both establishments as excellent places to hang out for anyone visiting Syracuse. 

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