Monthly Archives: September 2014

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Chittenango - Birthplace of Frank Baum

Chittenago, New York is the birthplace of Frank Baum who wrote numerous books Oz, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In his honor, they paved the sidewalk along Main Street with yellow bricks.

The Pie Tour

On our cycling tour, the weather turned a bit cool and cloudy for a few days and one day was pretty wet. We found ourselves arriving in towns well before we could check into our lodging for the night, so we started finding local diners for a hot cup of coffee and a slice of pie. Over the course of the week, I had slices of peanut butter-chocolate, blueberry, coconut cream, cherry and apple pie. Good times. Here are some diners and I even managed to photograph one slice of pie before consuming it.

Jeffrey Hardware

Jeffrey Hardware - Utica NY

Some building seem to demand to be painted. This one, in Utica New York, was one such building. It was taller than anything around it, had the sign painted on a significant portion of the side, and contrasted well against the sky. I was compelled to stop and make an image or two and chose it over others to post today.

The Rhythm of Cycle Touring

There is a wonderful rhythm to the day when you’re cycle touring. You get quite efficient at packing your panniers in the morning. Then, after a bit of breakfast, you are off for a new place with adventures in between. There is always something to see, explore and/or photograph.

People see the bikes and panniers and ask “How far are you going?”

“Canajoharie by tonight and Albany by Tuesday” you reply

By late afternoon, you find where you’ll stay for the night. You clean up and walk or cycle (no cars on this trip) to a local restaurant for some good food and a beer or two. Then after riding all day, the sleep comes easy. The next day, you repeat with new people, places and adventures.