Equipped with this tool man outstrips the efficiency not only of all machines, but all other animals as well.
Intro lesson Traveling
A bicycle can really take you places: it’s three times as efficient as walking, it can go as fast as 82 mph, and it gets the equivalent of about 1000 miles per gallon. We ventured out on our longest trip to date.Word of the Day cataract (L cata- down + arhattein to strike hard). We’ve visited the High Falls on a few previous trips and seen the abandoned Cataract Brewery building along the shore. With Sam Patch in mind, we can appreciate that a waterfall “strikes down hard.”
Topic Charlotte and Sam Patch
We set out to track the Genesee River north from High Falls in the middle of the downtown Rochester to its outlet in Lake Ontario. This also happens to be the route Sam Patch, “the Yankee Leaper,” took in 1829 when he made his ultimate leap from the falls on a cold Friday, November 13th and reappeared, encased in ice, in the spring thaw along the shore of Charlotte at the mouth of the river. We found his grave site nearby. Along the way we saw carp, a blue heron, swans and a turtle plying the waters; the Charlotte lighthouse; and the Ridge Road bridge that marks the ancient shoreline of glacial Lake Ontario. These are all things, past and present, that are in the participants’ geographic vicinity but go unnoticed due to the speed of traveling by car, by being too far away by foot, and simply for lack of looking.
After a welcome lunch at Charlotte Beach we tried to out-ride the rain clouds on our way back home…to little success. But the sun came out by the time we returned and a good time was had by all.
Other Points of Interest Maplewood Rose Garden, Downtown Rochester, High Falls
Our first trip was on September 04, 2010
Trip distance: 23 miles
Participants: Cary Bedell, Quinton Bedell, Arie Buckhalter, Kenyan McGahee, Keyon McClary, Johnathan Shellman, Cam Smith, and Larry Sturgis
Leaders: Shawn Brown, Olivia Chiang, Cappy Collins and Lynn Garfunkel