Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 22 - Additional pictures from Hamburg, NY to Niagara Falls, Canada 6-12-2011

Sarah and her mom - we met them at the restaurant on our way to Niagara Falls and had a wonderful discussion with them about biking and places to see in Niagara! 

As we were biking on the trail we kept seeming huge numbers of bikers going by on the road and knew something was going on but we didn't know what until we arrived in Niagara Falls and ended up crossing the finish line with the other bikers.

We had a flat tire on our B.O.B - we have pulled that poor little trailer from Wisconsin to the State of Washington and now all the way to Niagara Falls without ever getting a flat or having any problems with it.  John repaired the tube and we were off again within 20 minutes.

This is an example of the bike trail that we rode on our way to Niagara Falls.  We had beautiful homes on the left and Lake Erie on our right with numerous boats on the water.   We also had views of the U.S. on the other side of Lake Erie.

We are getting close to Niagara Falls and the force and turbulance of the water is amazing to see!

Our first sighting was the spray from Niagara Falls with Niagara Falls skyline in the background!

Once the bicylist started approaching Niagara Falls they were stopping to get there pictures taken with the city and spray of Niagara Falls in the background.  It was quite common to see them hold there bikes above there head to get there picture taken.  The bikers left Toronto on Saturday morning and bicycled to Hamilton and then on into Niagara Falls.  They had a choice to do either a 100K day or 100 mile day.  As mentioned in the blog they were biking for a cure for cancer and each participant had to raise at least $2500 and there were 4600 bicyclist.

We have bicycled 1,450 miles to get to this amazing and beautiful city.  We are standing with the Niagara River behind us and you can see the spray from Niagara Falls and also the beautiful skyline of Niagara Falls in the background.

With our knowing this we ended up bicycling to the finish line which had a huge amount of people on the sidelines cheering everyone in. 

We heard way to go, congratulations you made it, and numerous cheers from the sidelines.

At this point there was no turning back so we continued on - it was like we had our own welcoming crowd as we arrived in this beautiful city of Niagara Falls!

It was incredible to see so many people come together for such a wonderful cause and yet to feel the pain that they were going through as they bicycled for a loved one that was struggling with cancer or had lost the battle with cancer.

We only saw one single recumbent out of all of these bikes!

The start of a amazing place!

Niagara Falls!

It is just overwhelming to think that we arrived here on bicycle!

We spoke with so many different people as we meandered our way through the area!

You can take a boat that will take you up close to the base of the falls!

Pictures do not do Niagara Falls justice!

I just can't imagine anyone wanting to go over this falls in a barrel!

Picture taken looking down stream with the falls on the right!

This young man was biking to raise money for cure of cancer.  He was bicycling in memory of his father, Bob Abbey.  He also shared with us that he had ridden his dad's bike for this ride. 

He had written on the back of his jersey - For my dad, Bob Abbey!

What a great day!

Here is a boat getting close to the base of the falls!

This little girl was from Naperville, Indiana and this is the expression she had when she found out where we had bicycled from!

Gods creation!

Niagara Falls with a boat loaded with spectators at the base of the falls!

This is where we had a few drinks and nacho's and good conversation with Paul who is a musician and writer - he told us a lot about Niagara Falls.  Paul also has a young niece that at the age of 13 is suffering from brain cancer.  He calls her his huggy bear!

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