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

Monday, August 6, 2012

Week 2, Day 1 (Aug 6) ; Niagara Falls to Geneseo, NY

My day started really early, 1AM to be exact. The MSL lander, Curiosity, was to plunge through the Mars atmosphere and land at 1:32 AM (10:32 Pacific Time). So I woke up a carted my computer to a hotel to access their WiFi to view the landing. It was really exciting to watch the landing perform so successfully.

To view the landing click on the following link:

Most of the folks on the ride know that I work at JPL and have heard about Curiosity, so I was quizzed first thing in the morning about the status of the landing. I was really happy to report the success!!

Back to the Ride

Breakfast was down near Niagara Falls in a tower that overlooks the falls. From the 26th floor, the view was spectacular!!!

The ride was going to be a bit long today, over 90 miles and we were on our way by 7:30. The many turns and getting through American customs put us behind in miles. By 9AM we had only covered 15 miles. Typically 17 miles or more is considered minimum. We hit the lunch stop by noon and I think that we were likely to be one of the last ones to arrive.

Our goal for today is the SUNY campus at Geneseo, NY ( The campus is located high on a side of a hill with a view of the valley below. It looks like a nice place to study.

We came rolling in by 4PM and had to rush a bit to put up the tents and take showers.

I was also asked to do a quick 10 minute talk on Curiosity. If I had access to a projector, I could have shown a presentation that I have shown before to groups. But it worked out just fine and everyone seemed to express interest.

Well that all for now, Happy Biking,



  1. Hmm, you can do a little better than that with the things coming out of your head!!!

  2. Sure looks like a very scenic route. No pictures of ice cream?