Mileage: 74 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Mid 80s to end. Winds out of the SSE.
Highlights of the day:
It was another beautiful day on the bike. Cooler temps to start. Not too hot to end. Winds were there but not too much to report. And it was sunny. Nothing to complain about there.
We started the day heading over to the south shore of the Mohawk River and climbing up to the top of a ridge. The views from the top of the river and valley below were well worth the effort. We were also rewarded with a fun descent back down into the valley. 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. They usually don't open until 11 but how could they say no to a group of 36 cyclists who wanted to spend money?? 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. To make it even less of a taper situation, one of our rider’s wife supplemented the SAG with watermelon (that’s healthy), lemonade and homemade chocolate chip cookies (delicious). 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.