6/21/2016-Tuesday: We had thunder, lightening and minimal rain overnight but awoke to a much cooler morning with clear skys and again trailing winds! We Saw our first good example of the locks along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River when we enteredLittle Falls about 7 miles into the day . I hope the photos do justice to the beauty of the River and the area. The whole day was spent riding Rt. 5 and much of it right beside the river . In the 1800’s the canal, with its horse drawn barges,was the main artery of commerce and travel for this valley. Then the powerful train system redefined the river cities forever! It is a beautiful area with mature trees, farmers working their hay fields and a scattering of outdoors activity on the river. We wore our Team Godfather — Bike 4 Mike bike kits — possibly for the last time as a big group! Tomorrow Kevin and I will visit our ALS patient and lend him some support and hopefully he will inspire us and each of you to continue to work to find a cure. We only have 2 full riding days left– I think I’m about to suffer a serious case of bike withdrawal but there are plenty of other adventures out there! The people on a trip like this can make or break how things turn out– this group has been phenomenal, with no one complaining, everyone helping each other if it be changing flat tires, lifting luggage or raising the spirits of another rider who might be having a bad day! Good stuff and lots of new friendships for sure!