So I have a client between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. I'm almost surely bringing my bike this time (it'll be the first time to this client) but am weighing my options as to how to get there in part based on my abilities and in part based on how the traffic will be. Right now my options seem to be:
- Ride the whole way down on Sunday - it's about 97 miles but as best I can tell it's mostly flat so as long as the wind isn't evil and weather's good I should make good time of it.
- Ride to Union Station on Sunday and take it down to Niagara Falls and make the 10 mile ride from Niagara Falls to my destination.
- Take a day off and ride the whole way back.
- Catch a bus in Buffalo or Niagara Falls (GO Train doesn't run on weekdays)
- Ride part way back and catch the GO train in Burlington if I get tired.
Getting my stuff there may be challenging - I have two waterproof, fairly large panniers. I suspect I'll need to just plan on ironing when I get to the hotel. Hopefully I can fit the laptop, paperwork, and 3-4 days clothing (including commuting and rain gear) inside. If I were really in shape and didn't care about size I'd just toss it all in the grocery trailer. ;-)
Has anyone on here made the run down to the NY border? Any suggestions for route? How is traffic and difficulty of run? Am I totally crazy to do this after not doing much long-distance cycling for quite some time?
I figure one way or another I'll bring the full-size (26" wheels) folding bike and bag so I have options. I'll just have to remove the "The American Dream has become the world's nightmare" sticker to avoid hassles at the border, I suspect.