On to Lockport, New York
September 13, 2010
I leave Buffalo, New York and head out into an overcast fifty-degree morning. I’m in North Tonawanda and riding on a bike path along a branch of the Niagara River. Boats tied to docks sit along the water in front of businesses and houses. When I enter the city of Tonawanda the bike path ends and I’m forced to cycle along Creekside Drive. The neighborhood I ride through is still waking up to a new day. I spot a woman in her bathrobe walking out to her mailbox for the morning paper.
A gaggle of geese stops traffic as they waddle across the road. While I wait for them, I experience a wide smile moment. A bit up the road, I pass by a garden full of sunflowers. They remind me of the smiling sunflowers I saw in South Dakota. I cycle by houses decorated with hardy mums, pumpkins and corn husks.
My route takes me along Tonawanda Creek Road and into the small town of Pendleton. I pass by houses, churches and a farm selling colorful fruits and vegetables. I turn east onto Bear Ridge Road and start riding by the Erie Canal. Trees readying for their fall exhibition display leaves of red, yellow and orange. I finally arrive in Lockport, New York our destination for the day. Join me tomorrow when I start cycling along the Erie Canal.