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Posted 06/30 by Ruthie BenDor

The Internet brought me lodging with some lovely folks in Syracuse. In Buffalo, the Internet brought me Bill.

Bill

Bill Murphy, a programmer and consultant to the Buffalo Police Department, started following my journey after seeing this tweet. His son Brendan is also bicycling around the United States right now; in Bill’s words, “Brendan is full of stories about how people have done nice things for them as they travel. I hope I can pass the love along to other cyclists as they pass through my home town.” Karma, y’all.

Bill arranged for me to tour Buffalo’s 911 call center. I was able to chat with a number of folks working there, and see the hardware and software they use to take and triage emergency calls.

911 call center - the old system

911 call center - the new system

He also took me to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which has a fantastic collection of modern & contemporary art.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

I’m more-or-less culturally illiterate, and even I recognized many of the pieces here. Super-cool.

Convergence

Frida.

Sculpture.

Not every piece was familiar to me, of course.

Art.

After Bill dropped me back off at my hosts’ home, I worked until late afternoon when Veronica brought over her mother for an outdoor grilled dinner.

Grilling machine

Grilled veggies

A few friends of Jon & Veronica joined us for after-dinner conversation, including Mohan, one of Jon’s colleagues at the university. Mohan, thank you so much for your support!

Mohan

We somehow ended up talking about Burning Man, and I showed photos from past years while trying (key word: trying) to explain the event.

The following day, I slept in, took a shower, and did work all day. I mention the shower because holy awesome, Batman, this was the fanciest shower I’ve ever taken. I didn’t take pictures because that would be weird, but I really should have because oh man: four (four!!) shower heads, a sauna option (!!) and who knows what else. Jon & Veronica, if your shower ever mysteriously vanishes, you know who took it.

I had dinner with Bob & Mary, a lovely couple who are friends-of-friends, and then returned to pack my panniers. Jon and Veronica, thank you so much for your warm welcome! I felt very much at home.

Jon

Veronica

Tomorrow, my first glimpse of Lake Erie!

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Just FYI: the big motorcycle run is at Sturgis, South Dakota, not Michigan. You’re seeing normal summer working-class transportation. Trust me, there’s a huge difference.

By Edna Myers on 2011 07 10

If you ever get a spare minute I’d love to hear some general thoughts about western NY.  I’ve never been there and I’m thinking about riding the Erie Canal Trail next year. 
http://www.ptny.org/canalway/index.shtml

By Michael on 2011 07 12