This summer I'll be retracing the last 3 weeks of the Coast to Coast ride in 2002. I had a fantastic time in 2002 and expect the same this year as well. Below are daily collections of my experiences with photos. Hope you enjoy reading the blog. - Brian Cox

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Week 2, Day 4 (Aug 9) Oswego, NY to Watertown, NY

The mileage for today was pretty short, only 68 miles. When they announced the short distance last night, everyone gave a short cheer. After a couple of longer days, it nice to have a day of less miles. As a result, Jim Lauri and me didn't leave the school until 7:30. I think that we were almost the last to leave. We just don't see the point of departing so soon when with there is no real good reason to get to the end and just hang out at the school.

We found a place for coffee a bit early today at the 21 mile mark at a small cafe called "The Breakfast House". It could have had more than 8 tables inside, but the coffee and pastries were well worth the stop. The remaining 18 miles to the picnic stop went pretty quickly and we arrived at 11:15 and we took our time eating and talking for an hour, finally leaving the lunch stop at 12:15.

We had gone only 15 minutes to Sacketts Harbor (the site of a battle during the war of 1812) when we spied some of our fellow riders at a coffee shop. With only 15 miles to the end of the ride, we had plenty of time to stop for a latte, so much time that we lingered over our coffee for an additional 45 minutes.

Finally we go back on the bikes and road another 10 miles where we found "Jodi's Dairy Bar". So of course we had to stop for an ice cream cone. For me, I had a rainbow sherbet cone.

Finally we got back on the bikes and headed into Watertown, arriving at 3PM.

Happy Biking,

Brian Cox


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