|Elegant Home in New Castle|
From the Orr’s in Cranberry, PA, we headed north along the Adventure Cycling Underground Railroad route to Erie. The first night we stayed near the freeway in New Castle and rode through the town the following morning, passing a number of elegant old homes.
|Farm North of Mercer|
|Vineyard Along Lake Erie|
Leaving Erie we rode east through the wine country in Pennsylvania and New York. We recalled our first ride on a road tandem, which we rented in the town of North East Pennsylvania in 2000. The wine growing region extends five to ten miles south of Lake Erie. The area is well suited for growing grapes because Lake Erie moderates the spring time temperatures, minimizing the potential of a late spring frost which would damage the grape blossoms. Welches moved their headquarters to Westfield, east of Erie, in the 1900s to take advantage of the favorable climate for growing grapes. In Westfield we turned inland along NY state bicycle Route 17, which traverses the state east/west. We spent the night at a B & B Westfield. The owner of the B & B also owned the house next door, which had an interesting history. The house had been moved in one piece from a site a few hundred yards away. Some towns take preservation of historical building more seriously than others.
|House in Westfield Moved to Make Room for a CVS|
|Lunch Spot on Lake Chautauqua|
From Westfield we climbed up away from Lake Erie before descending past Lake Chautauqua and spending the night in Falconer. From Falconer we continued east to Salamanca where we took a day off after seven days of riding. The ride from Salamanca to Wellsville went through rolling countryside. The one long climb was very gradual and we arrived in Wellsville still feeling well rested. The next day we headed north on NY State Bicycle Route 17, arriving at Carolyn’s brother’s cottage on Silver Lake in the late afternoon. The week of July 1st we were in Toronto at the International Barbershop Harmony Society Convention with Carolyn’s brother and his wife. It was 5 days of quartets and choruses entertaining us. On July 13th we started a tour of upstate NY with friends from Pennywise.
|Victorian Home in Upstate NY|
|One of Several Long Climbs Along NY Bike Route 17|
|Alpaca Farm in Upstate NY|