June 11...Lockport to Rochester, 57 miles
Hard miles today. Lots of work happening on the trail. Deep sand for about a mile (good job Stanley), mud, rocky, track tread bumps. I thought I forgot my tea bags, my usual source of caffeine. I stopped in Brockport at a bike shop to pump tires and rode up an endless hill to get a Coke, the real thing. The caffeine and sugar sustained me for the remaining 15 miles of nicely packed sand on the ECT. In some areas, there were beautiful homes with expansive green back yards right on the trail. Cross the trail to their personal docks, which sometimes included lounge chairs, BBQs, and gated access.
Near Rochester, NY lies a beautiful, 400 acre park. No garbage collection (pack it out!) and no water other than the bathroom faucet. The park is crisscrossed by trails, a dog park, shelters, and picnic areas. I found an unused building and set up camp under the long porch, which included functional outlets. I had hoped to see some wildlife at this "camp", but only the birds singing me to sleep and waking me at dawn the next morning.