Tuesday, June 23— Liverpool, NY to London, ON
The morning forecast called for rain through 10:00 am, and then cloudy skies for the rest of the day. I’d rather ride into the setting sun than in the rain, so I caught up on writing this morning and waited until the sun came out. I headed west on I90, the New York State Throughway, for about two hours. It was the longest, straightest stretch of road I’ve travelled in a while.
I eventually crossed the border into Canada and headed south on the Niagara Parkway. I stopped at the north American Falls area and tried to pay the fee at a parking stand. It would only take C$5 in coins, which I didn’t have, or a credit card, which it wouldn’t process. I ran a cross the road and took a few pictures, then considered leaving. Something made me think twice about that, and I headed further south to consider my options. I found a parking lot just south of the southern, Horseshoe Falls and paid C$20 to stick around for a while longer. It was well worth it!
I quickly met Richard, a photographer from West Palm Beach. He used to live nearby in Buffalo, and was very familiar with the Niagara Falls area. He gave me a few tips on seeing what was most important, and I executed all two within two hours.
- Tour the museum. It has lots of examples of barrels people have used to try to protect themselves while falling over the falls.
- See the Whirlpool Rapids.
- Take time to go ride through Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Eat at a Swiss Chalet restaurant.
I left Niagara Falls and stopped at the whirlpool. Then I headed north to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is a small, elegantly touristy, charming town that I know Lisa would love. I stopped and had a Starbucks fix and watched the locals and tourists walk by.
One of the benefits of the detour to Niagara-on-the-Lake was that it forced a casual drive west along Lake Ontario. I could see the Toronto skyline across the lake to the north. I hit commute traffic on Red Hill Valley Parkway. The speed of traffic increased as we approached highway 403, and I moved to the left lane to let traffic enter the highway. A young man decided to skip the right lane fro the entering lane and jump into the left lane I was occupying. Fortunately, I was watching his movements as he circled the on ramp, so I was prepared to float onto the left shoulder. This was the second time a young man has taken my lane. The first was somewhere in New England.
I also had an incident on the second day with a fifth-wheel trailer. The driver must have been in a big hurry as he was cutting corners on a very windy road, and failed to notice that the trailer he was pulling was dragging in my lane. I had to push hard to the right to avoid him.
Route: I90W, 62, 182, 265, I190, 102, Niagara Parkway, 87, 42, QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way), Red Hill Valley Parkway, 403, 401
Kms Today: 512
Time Today: 9:20
Total Trip Kms: 12,372
Weather: Overcast in mid 70s to sunny in low 80s to cloudy in high 60s
Lunch: Tim Horton’s
Lodging: B/W+ Lamplighter Inn
Dinner: Shelly’s Tap & Grill