It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them…
Intro lesson Discovering things in plain site
On a previously trip we talked about how bicycling brings together the car’s ability to travel distances and the pedestrian’s ability to experience one’s immediate surroundings. Things outside the window are easily missed by motorists as they speed by. Things just around the block are missed by pedestrians because they don’t go out of their way. Things in plain sight are thus hidden. The bicyclist is unique in both having access to and awareness of his or her surroundings.
Word of the Day sepulchre (L sepelire to bury). Part of our route initially was to pass the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. We decided to save that for another trip, but we “unearthed” other things along the way.
Topic Genesee River Trail (part 2)
We rode north on the Genesee River Trail to see things both past, present and even ancient. (And there were plenty of ups and downs to remind us of our quote of the day.) Among our finds were an abandoned railway conduit tucked underneath St. Paul Street, the entrance to the Riverway Trail hiding behind a church, the possible site of the old riverfront Glen House resort with its 19th century elevator tower, and the former coast of glacial Lake Iroquois that is now bounded by Ridge Road. We searched for the site of the pink bicycle that Cappy had spotted almost exactly a year ago from the Maplewood Gorge Bridge—but the bicycle has apparently moved on. The bridge offers an intimate view of the river; even though the river is the reason for Rochester’s existence it’s effectively sequestered from the rest of the city, making it another hidden treasure on our journey. Lastly, we had the good fortune of finding a free pizza grand opening event on our way home. We were even on air! If we weren’t out and about on our bikes we’d never have seen all these places that are hidden in plain sight.
Other Points of Interest Maplewood Rose Garden, Downtown Rochester, High Falls
Our first trip was on August 27, 2010
Trip distance: 12.1 miles
Participants: Cary Bedell, Quinton Bedell, Davontay Bradley, Arie Buckhalter, Johnathan Shellman, Cam Smith, Larry Sturgis and Sam ???
Leaders: Shawn Brown, Cappy Collins, Marquise “Duke” Kiner