Cycling Date: Friday 01-August-14
Mileage: 74 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Bright and sunny. Winds were light but felt a bit headwindy-ish.
Highlights of the day:
This is getting monotonous. It was another repeat and boring day of beautiful weather. Sunny. Warm but not too warm. Winds out of the southwest that slowly built up over the day to push us into Latham. It’s just more of the same amazing weather for riding a bicycle. Yawn!
We started the day heading over to the south shore of the Mohawk River and climbing up to the top of a ridge. We hoped to have great views of the river and valley below but the fog had other ideas. It was “socked in” from the base of the climb and along most of the ridge. After the descent down into the valley, it lifted and we had clear skies for the rest of the day. The route then spent most of the day on rolling hills along the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River. We’re not quite into the Adirondacks but bumps to our left & right seemed to indicate that we’re getting closer to the eastern mountains.
Our first SAG stop was at Karen’s Produce and Ice Cream. It wasn’t quite 10am but the riders stocked up on and noshed on lots of ice cream and pie. Yup, ice cream and pie at 10am. We are not exactly tapering our eating as Pam has suggested but we are still working hard on the bike. So we had a second food stop du jour at Jumpin’ Jacks Drive In. It is an old fashioned drive-in that has great burgers, hot dogs, clam rolls, fries, and all kinds of ice cream based drinks. It was another highlight on our health food trail.
Our route into Latham took us along another very nice bike path. It was beautiful and quiet along the Mohawk for most of the last half of the ride. Tree lined. Views of the canal or river. More locks. We got a few peeks at the peaks that will be challenging us tomorrow. Time to rest up for the Green Mountains.