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Niagara Falls at last!(12 posts)

Niagara Falls at last!Charlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 5:54 AM
"Slowly I turned. step by step. inch by inch."

This last Friday I had to go to Niagara Falls for business, this was also Annie's birthday so we decided to take the bikes along and do the tourist thing after my appointment.
Since I had never been to Niagara Falls and Annie had never been to the American side of the falls, we decided to do some exploration.

Annie on the American Falls side.
A sucker born every minute.Charlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 5:56 AM
All I can say is that the people who actually pay to ride down in an elevator wearing a yellow garbage bag as a raincoat and stand under the Falls are a lot stranger than adult men and women wearing skin-tight spandex in garish colours riding bikes.

Me on the American Falls side. Touristy Ontario side of the Falls in the background.
Looks kinda sci-fi surreal....(nm)PseuZQ
May 25, 2003 6:50 PM
Doin' three sistas.Charlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 6:03 AM
The little islands around the Falls were pretty nice. Here I am on one of the Three Sisters. Don't tell the other two.

Goat Island in the background. Lots of ducks around too, but I'll save those shots for when we have a photo essay on waterfowl. ;:^)
CanucklandCharlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 6:04 AM
On the Ontario side, the Falls were much more spectacular. but again people were paying good money to wear red garbage bags and riding in a boat under the Falls until they were soaking wet. I'll stick with Lycra and wool, thanks.
A life dedicated to cycling.Charlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 6:09 AM
We came across a guy shooting video of the Falls standing beside a very heavily laden bike. The bike looked very nice under all the junk piled atop it but the guy looked like he would blow over in a strong breeze. Being the kind of guy I am, I had to go over and talk to him.
I'm a little slow, so it took me a minute or so to figure out he was Québecóis. His broken English and my broken French made for a little amusement until I was saved by Annie (fluent in both languages).
Évariste Lavoie is his name and he had just ridden in from Vancouver via San Francisco, Los Angeles, Flagstaff and St. Louis!!

This is a man who has ridden for 60 years of his 77. His list of accomplishments are too numerous to go through but he has been World Champion in 1987, been 3rd in the Worlds 3 times, 2nd in the World Cup in 1997, 1946 Canadian sprint champion (points) and more.

All I can say is that this guy instilled me with hope that I'll still be going strong at 77 myself!
(I can send anyone who requests it a complete list of this guy's accomplishments if you want more inspiration).

He was leaving that day for Albany and from there to Boston, Maine, Halifax and finally back to Quebec City. He wanted to get back soon so he could train up for the racing season.

Shoot me.
Days end.Charlie Amerique
May 25, 2003 6:12 AM
We finished cruising around the garden areas of the Ontario side of the Falls and headed back home. 6 more hours on the road.

Annie told me after we took this shot, "8 hours on our bikes, riding around a beautiful area with you. a perfect birthday."
Excellent Pic's!!! (nm)GeoCyclist
May 25, 2003 5:11 PM
re: Niagara Falls at last!Joe Nordic
May 25, 2003 7:06 AM
Thanks for your post and the great pics. Niagara Falls
is one of my favorite places.
re: Niagara Falls at last!arderra
May 25, 2003 12:30 PM
Ahhh, Blue skies - I remember them!!!

It must be nice to go out on the bike and only have 1 layer of gear on
Nice pic...looks like a fun trip [nmbent_spoke
May 25, 2003 6:34 PM
May 27, 2003 6:17 AM
You were right there and you didn't ride up to Niagara on the Lake??