Wine, wine everywhere but not a drop to drink.
Posted 07/01 by Ruthie BenDor
My lovely hosts in Buffalo had to hit the road early this morning, so we said goodbye around 7am. After picking my way through a mostly-deserted downtown, the road brought me alongside Lake Erie and route 5. From there, the day was smooth sailing.
Today’s big discovery: the land along Lake Erie’s southern shore is wine country! I passed field after field of grapes ripening in summer sun, and wished I could stop for a tasting or ten—alas, cycling and drinking do not go well together.
Once I reached Dunkirk, I drowned my sorrows in ice cream, then pedaled over to meet my hosts.
Tonight is the first night that I’m staying with WarmShowers hosts, people who offer beds, food, conversation, and—yes—showers to traveling cyclists. Don and Betsy were incredibly gracious: they took me out for dinner, let me run a load of laundry, and Don regaled me with tales from his recently-completed solo tour from San Diego, CA (my hometown!) to his home in Dunkirk.
Tomorrow I cross state lines—Pennsylvania, here I come!