Day 46 - Liverpool to Little Falls NY
Mileage: 78 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. High humidity. Winds out of the WSW.
Highlights of the day:
We’ve started an interesting trend. We’ve ridden into Little Falls without any rain for 2 years in a row. Our standard MO was dodging thunderstorms on the way out of Liverpool and then racing them to beat them as we head into Little Falls. Neither of those scenarios occurred today. Tomorrow doesn’t look very promising but the forecasts have been a little off the mark lately. Hopefully that’s the case tomorrow.
Today started on roads through Liverpool and other suburbs of Syracuse. It was more traffic and traffic lights than we’ve seen all tour. After an unofficial count of 28 traffic lights, we made it out of town and on to quieter roads with fewer signals. Our route followed the Erie Canal & Mohawk River for most of the day and then took a parallel route along the NY Throughway. We’ll have more opportunities tomorrow to get a little more up close and personal with more locks along the waterway.
A different tourist attraction today was The World’s Smallest Church. It was built back in 1989. It seats two people. It sits in the middle of a small pond covered in algae. You might ask yourself, as I did, why one would build a church that seats two people in the middle of the pond. I am still in search of the answer.
An exciting tradition here in Little Falls is the last laundromat and potentially the last load of laundry of the tour. It’s right across the street. It has lots of machines. We get in early enough that many of the riders take advantage of the location to do one last load of laundry. We can’t quite smell the ocean but we can tell we’re getting close when we celebrate the last day of laundry.
We have a reception, courtesy of our hotel here in Little Falls, a dinner, and rap to go before the end of the day. Then it’s only 4 more riding days until we dip wheels in the Atlantic. Its that :-) and :-( part of the tour. Excited to see the end approaching but also not wanting it to end. Perhaps that’s why we staff members keep coming back year after year.