Don’t you love the names around here? Who wouldn’t want to go from Blue Mountain to Old Forge?
Meredith and her folks run a charming Inn that gets visited by a lot of “bikers” meaning cyclists and motorcycle riders both. Apparently we’re the demographic that understands the values of their inn. In other words we value character over sterility. According to Meredith we’re able to tap into the emotional vibe which is very positive but not appreciated by all. Intriguing. She wants to put a sign out front with a trike, and a penny farthing, and a motorcycle and a racing cyclists. Anyway, she was a real sweetheart and coooked a lovely breakfast for me. I hope she has more guests soon – seems I’m beating the summer crowd to most places (so far).
Today was an easy day; “only” 36 miles or so, and really no real climbing. Just gentle rolling hills and beautiful scenery. It was a nice break and it wasn’t until I got to Old Forge that I realized how much I needed it. This afternoon I checked in, showered, and immediately passed out on the bed.
Thanks for the tip on “re-warming up” Coach Matt! I did that today and it helped avoid the pain. You know your stuff!
I like this side of the Adirondacks better than the eastern side. Overall it seems a little more lush (maybe gets more rain?) and the homes and towns look a bit better off. Some of the places on the eastern side looked like they’d seen better days
I passed a lot of vacation homes on the backroads that the Adventure Cycling maps took me on. They seem to try to out-do each other when it comes to pithy names for their cabins. I saw the “Loon-A-Tick Inn” (including picture of Loon and Tick), “Camp David (Summit in Session)”, and my personal favorite “Moot’s Point”.
I gotta say a word too about the great folks at Adventure Cycling. If you ever venture to do something like this, or even if you just want a map for a great local ride, look up their maps. They have routed me through beautiful roads, almost all are very bike friendly, and without going near any big towns or cities. And they also include bike shops, lodging and all the services you’d need. My bike cap’s off to the 100’s of volunteers who have taken the time to submit their comments to make these maps better. Clearly a case for the power of crowd-sourced labor for the good of all.
Since I seem to be the only tourist around, I swung a sweet deal on this place. “What’s the best deal you’ll give me if I stay 2 nights”. I have a great spot with a view to the lake for my day off. Kinda hope it rains just to get that out of the weather system.
A great first week of cycling – beautiful scenery, friendly people along the way and best of all I still feel healthy and happy after about 370 miles. Feeling very lucky and blessed tonight. Now if the Warriors can make it 2-0 it will be the perfect end to the day.