Bicycle Trip August, 1981

Day 2: Sampson State Park to Fair Haven Beach State Park

Approx distance: 70 miles

Day two was more challenging than day 1. Firstly, I was off on a late start on Monday, August 24th. I bid farewell to my friend and after 10 AM started north on route 96A. Within 15 miles of Sampson Park, the front tire flatten out. So I repaired the flat, but could not get proper tire pressure with the same pump I waved at the dog on Day 1.Map: day 2

In the front pannier by the bicycle maps I was prepared for most emergencies. A small tool kit was packaged with the maps with a first aid kit and spare tube. Extra spokes were taped to the wheels.

Roadside vendors providing fresh fruit was an additional benefit of biking in the Finger Lake region. The ability to take a break eating a fresh peach was a real treat.

A kind woman in a farm house offered the use of an air compressor and gave me directions to a bicycle shop in Geneva. So I detoured through Geneva. After purchasing a new tube and hand pump, the proprietor offered a good alternative road to the route 14. Galen town line~route 414NY 14 had heavy traffic and provided no shoulders for cyclists. Taking the great advice, I pedalled east on route 318, which featured nice broad shoulders, to route 414. On 414, I travailed north through Rose and North Rose to route 104. Route 414 was narrow, without shoulders, but had low volume of traffic, similar to many country roads chosen for the trip.

The scenery comprised mostly of farmland punctuated with small communities. The terrain was relatively flat. Head winds provided a challenge though, as I approached Lake Ontario. So, I found myself pedalling on small down slopes and frequent breaks were required. I missed the abundant fruit stands, common along Seneca Lake.

New York highway 104 had heavy traffic, but the nice broad shoulders made riding the Schwinn pleasant. Finally, I reached route 104A. However, the last few miles were difficult. I was tired and had to push up and down small grades because of continued head winds. Finally, late in the day I got to the hamlet of Fair Haven. The park is just a bit north of town.

Fair Haven Beach is a beautiful park. Campsites are clean and private. Cabins are available, too. The park features a nice sand beach on Lake Ontario and boating access is available. Since the bike trip, I visited the park a few times with my immediate family, and we hope to go camping there.

At Fair Haven, I got to met three young people who spent every year at Fair Haven. We had dinner together over a nice campfire, which was a splendid way to end the day!

Utica was my destination for day 3.

Below are photographs from Fair Haven Beach

beaches at Fair Haven State ParkFair Haven Beach ~ walkwayview from bridge ~ Lake OntarioFair Haven Beach view from camp area