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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Week 2, Day 2 (Aug 7) Geneseo to Seneca Falls

Week 2, Day 2 (Aug 7) Geneseo to Seneca Falls

This morning we woke up to the chillest temperatures of the trip. Not too bad, but it made you want to put your jacket on at the start. The first turn of the ride brought us to the foot of a hill that seemed to go on forever, only getting steeper, at the top we were riding through the center of town.

The rest of the ride also had many steep additional climbs throughout the day. The views on the ride are impossible to describe. Thought the coast to coast riders have seen many breath taking views, the views today are of green rolling hills and farms dotting the landscape.

We had a pretty steep descent at the 20 mile mark and on the way down I could feel the bike feeling a bit squirrely, not tracking down the hill as it normally does. At the bottom I checked the rear tire and it was completely flat. If that had happened to the front tire, I could have been in real trouble.

We were able to find a coffee stop called "Debbie's Cafe" a bit off the route in the town of Wayland. The coffee was unlimited and the pastry was some of the best of the trip.

All the hills slowed our progress a bit and we didn't hit lunch a the 49 mile mark until 11:45. When we left the lunch stop at 12:30, it was up again as we had to climb one of the longest hills of the day. The bike's gears started to misbehave with the chain skipping and jumping around, but a couple of adjustments of the cable by Jim pretty much fixed the issue.

Our Ice Cream stop for the day was at the 69 mile mark at "Mr Twisty's". After we had floats and sundies we jumped back on the bikes for the remaining 25 miles to the end. We pulled into the school in Seneca Falls at 4:15. Enough time to get the tent up and showered before dinner at 5:30.

Happy Biking


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