My super fantastic bicycle adventure from Rochester to Niagara Falls

On Friday May 22 me and Brendon decided to ride our bikes from Rochester, NY to Niagara Falls, NY. And then we had a super clever plan that involved us riding from Niagara Falls to Attica, NY which is somewhere near Darien Lake which is somewhere east of Buffalo, NY, which is somewhere south of Niagara Falls, NY. We had two maps, one of Rochester and one of Buffalo so we were going to do the ‘guess-and-check’ process instead of planning a real route. In the end we must have guessed okay because we didn’t die or get eaten by hill billys.

*Sorry all of the following pictures were taken with my pansy cell phone camera*

Day 1

I left my house at around 11:00 AM.

This is what my bike looked like at the beginning of the trip. My new rear rack came in handy.

This is what my bike looked like at the beginning of the trip. My new rear rack came in handy, obviously, because otherwise my sleeping bag would be on the ground next to my backpack and that's where it would have probably stayed (unless I bungeed it to my body, which would be queer).

Then I met up with Brendon at 11:30 AM and then we rode along the canal path.

We saw a burning bush near the canal path. There was a lot of black smoke blowing everywhere and it was strange. No one was around.

We saw a burning bush near the canal path. There was a lot of black smoke blowing everywhere and it was strange. No one was around.

Later we left the canal path because we got sick of the loose rocks and dirt and yearned for paved roads. We passed through a lot of small towns.

This is what it looked like when we passed through one of the many towns. Everyone stopped what they were doing and began waving frantically at us.

This is what it looked like when we passed through one of the many towns. Everyone stopped what they were doing and began waving frantically at us.

This is what Brendon's bike looked like halfway through the trip.

This is what Brendon's bike looked like halfway through the trip.

This is what my bike looked like halfway through the trip.

This is what my bike looked like halfway through the trip.

8 hours later we made it to Niagra River.

8 hours later we made it to Niagara River. This photo is either evidence of our feat or my ability to use Google Image Search.

8.5 hours later we made it to the falls! Hooray for us! There were a lot of people there that were very excited to see us and I'm sure we may even be in some of their photos standing behind their family.

8.5 hours later we made it to the falls! Hooray for us! There were a lot of people there that were very excited to see us and I'm sure we may even be in some of their photos standing behind their family.

Then we got picked up by Brendon’s mom and driven to Attica, NY where we spent the night.

Day 2

We woke up next to cows.

Cows! Mooooo

Cows! Mooooo

My bike also rested for the night.

My bike also rested for the night.

This is what it looks like when we ride bikes.

This is what it looks like when we ride bikes.

Brendon made it home alive! He tried to look as cheesy as possible about this feat.

Brendon made it home alive! He tried to look as cheesy as possible about this feat.

I made it back home alive! I tried to look as cheesy as possible about this feat.

I made it back home alive! I tried to look as cheesy as possible about this feat.

Summary

Day 1: 86 miles in 8 hrs and 40 min. Ate two cookies and 3 liters of water.

Day 2: 56 miles in 4 hrs and 45 min. Didn’t see any burning bushes.

Check out the big map! Click on it! It gets bigger! I traced the routes in Google Earth.

The whole adventure mapped out. Day 1 was from Rochester to Niagra Falls. Day 2 was from Attica to Rochester

The whole adventure mapped out. Day 1 was from Rochester to Niagara Falls. Day 2 was from Attica to Rochester. Click the picture to get the full-resolution.

For anyone trying to plan a similar adventure or looking for good routes, here are the two .kmz files of the routes. These can be imported into either Google Earth or Google Maps and it shows our exact route that we took overlayed with street names. Fancy!

Route to Niagra Falls View in Google Maps or download file (.kmz)

Route Back Home View in Google Maps or download file (.kmz)

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