Day 65

4. July 2000, Niagara Falls

Overall 1 hour 47 minutes penalty

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So this is what it is all about: American Niagara Falls...

Eating real American cheeseburgers at the local Hard Rock Cafe: Ayhan, Karl, Sami, Kaya, Paul

Canadian Falls with visitor centre in front.

The Canadian Falls go back about 3-4 centimetres every year. I am sure that there are also measurements about the amount of water going over it. But one can only try to comprehend by standing next to it and watching. Truely an amazing sight! Try to be there in the early morning, when only few people are around. Avoid the evening, when the Falls are illuminated in horrible "disco"-colours. In the winter, with ice and snow, it must be especially beautiful. The Falls are never closed for maintenance so when you spend some time in New York, Detroit or Toronto, I would recommend seeing the Falls.
In the background power station and rapids.

The biggest rip-off in Niagara Falls is this "Incline Railway" which costs US$ 0.70. With no stairs next to it, one would have to walk on the street about a mile and back to get from the hotels on the hill to the Falls. It symbolizes two North American peculiarities: Pedestrians have no power and every business opportunity is exploited.


... and Canadian Niagara Falls, with an island inbetween. How to tell them apart? American Falls have big rocks underneath, Canadian Falls are horseshoe-shaped. Notice the cruise boats underneath the Falls.

The whole rally crew assembled for a photo shoot.

Spectators of the Canadian Falls, in the background American Falls. The Niagara connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario.

Niagara Falls has developed into a big tourist resort with all kinds of attractions. The Canadian side (left) seems to be more developed than the American (right). This can be explained by the more liberal Canadian approach to gambling and adult entertainment. Both sides are connected by the Rainbow Bridge.

Fourth of July: The signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America - the beginning of the end of colonial America. Celebrated every year with big fireworks. This one just outside our hotel is actually Canadian (accounting for the many U.S. tourists). Canada's Canada Day has actually just been on the First of July, so if you like fireworks...