We've had scattered thunderstorms for a few days, just enough rain to keep me from long bike rides on the 4th and 5th. But on the 5th I did get that tire changed for a heavy duty puncture resistant tire, and Saturday the 6th saw partly cloudy skies with temps in the upper 70s in the morning. I set out for my annual ride to the end of the pier at Ontario Beach Park in summer humidity at 78°F.
I ride mostly on bike paths, but the bike paths are cobbled together as an afterthought and some riding on city streets is necessary to get between them. I didn't take any pictures of the unattractive parts, just stuff I thought looked pretty or interesting.
If I don't think about it, I don't notice that I ride right past the intersection of the Genesee River and the Erie Canal. This shot is taken from the Erie Canal Trail bridge over the Genesee River. The view is better from the trail bridge over the canal, but I didn't go there today.
On the other side of that bridge, I turn north onto the Genesee Riverway Trail. As I go toward downtown Rochester, I get a nice view of the downtown skyline:
North of downtown, I ride some city streets before picking up the trail just north of the Lower Falls on the Genesee River. As I'm northbound on the challenging part of the trail (no pictures, I was busy riding), I realize that I didn't stop for pictures of the falls. Oh, well get them on the way back.
I did pause to reflect that a boardwalk on the Genesee River that's part of the trail would be a pretty picture:
Then I took several pictures near the river mouth, as I approached the pier:
In the next shot, the dark line in the background is the pier on the other side of the river. The water beyond it is Lake Ontario to the east of the pier.
It was a popular day to go to the pier. Bike speed was slower on the pier, and in Ontario Beach Park in general.
I took several shots from the end of the pier. As is typical, most of them did not turn out well. Here's one that did, showing a boat on Lake Ontario approaching the mouth of the Genesee River:
Shot of Lake Ontario west of the pier, looking at Ontario Beach:
By now it's lunch time, and it's a long ride home. That implies a late lunch. So I mostly just rode. However, I did stop to capture pictures of Lower Falls from Driving Park bridge, not quite getting a clean shot through the chain link fence:
A picture of Upper Falls from the Pont du Rennes was easier, and only a short side trip:
Yes, trivia buffs, the City of Rochester boasts three waterfalls within city limits. Middle Falls is not as big as Upper or Lower, it's harder to get to, and there isn't a good spot to stand and take a picture that's open to the public. So I didn't make the effort to go there today.
RunKeeper reported the ride as 35.37 miles in 3:03:59. This is slower than my rides on the Erie Canal Trail for several reasons: There was a lot of stopping at traffic lights, and the auto-pause doesn't kick in instantly. I kept the app running while at Ontario Beach Park where riding around is slow due to pedestrian traffic. And I was more tired on the way home, and rode slower. (Also, the homeward direction is net uphill just when I'm tired.)
The good news is that I felt good when I got home. July 4, 2011 I made this ride plus some side trips for about 37 miles, and it about wiped me out. But I was carrying about 35 lbs. more fat then than I was today. I joined SparkPeople a week after that ride, and this year I'm in much better aerobic shape than I was two years ago.
That's a bright spot to remember when I'm typically annoyed that an injured foot won't let me run and makes it unwise to walk even five miles.