Day two of Cycling the Erie Canal offered a cool and dry day for the most part, until some thunderstorms drenched some riders and others' tents and belongings (such as one radio reporter). The ride started in the Village of Medina, which has a historic section of downtown (see pictures in slideshow), including Bent's Opera House, from 1864.
Rain overnight before the first day of the Cycling the Erie Canal ride might have worried some riders. But the overcast morning kept everyone cool as the ride got underway Sunday around 8:00 a.m. Riders were in evidence from Texas, Florida, Missouri, California, Toronto, Arizona, as well as neighboring states. Mothers rode alongside teen and younger daughters, couples rode together, adult children coaxed their parents to join them, a boy scout troop sponsored by a church hit the trail. The large group quickly stretched out along the 46-mile first day.
One way I rate music is - after I hear a song (or songs), do I wanna hear that song again. A few days ago, I checked Aaron Neville's recent CD, "My True Story", out of the Petit Library, and I'm on my 7th listen to the whole CD... actually, I've lost count of how many times I've listened. And on most all the songs, I'm singin' along... ha ha ha ... This disc, co-produced by Keith Richards and Don Was, features Neville and an excellent group of back-up singers lovingly interpreting 13 of Neville's favorite oldies and doowop songs.