|Not our hotel, but pretty cool, eh?|
We wonder if we will see anyone else as we continue east to Vermont. We don't have too much longer ourselves on the eastbound portion of our trip, and we came to the conclusion that anyone starting out now for Seattle is going to be pushing the weather in the Cascades . . . hence, we probably won't see anyone else on the road out here. Most of the cyclists we met when we left the San Juan Islands were heading east, as we were. Most of them were zooming due to some deadline they had with work or other commitments. We ran across some others in the Midwest - and they may be well on the way to the west coast by now.
So we are wondering, when we start the southbound portion of our trip - who will we see? There may still be people doing some north/south routes, and they will have plenty of time to get where they are going before the weather gets too bad, so we're hopeful that we'll run across some other tourists. To tell the truth, we enjoy talking with them, finding out where they are going, and where they have been. It gets a bit lonely out here!
|They never look as fierce in the photos!|
Today's ride brought us up to about 1600 feet in the Adirondacks. It was not too long - just 52 miles. But it was really up-and-down. On at least 17 of the "ups" we hit gradients of 10% or more. That just stops the tandem dead in its tracks! Those of you who are cyclists in the Redlands area will know the portion of 5th Street after you cross Wildwood Canyon Road where you go down and then curve right and go straight up that hill. It's sort of like that, except that most of these, you do not get that nice running start so we just do not have the momentum to make it up to the top. We pretty much just grunt and grind it out. And we did that 17 times today. Ay yi yi!
|Pick your numbers, kiddos!|
|Payouts and betting|
|Lovely old home in one of these little towns|
Another observation I made today, and it shocked me when I realized it: fall is coming! The golden Alexander that we enjoyed on the roadside in Wisconsin is done blooming and turning gold and going to seed out here. The goldenrods are blooming, there are bright red berries on many shrubs and vines, the cattails are up and lovely, the sorrel seeds are deep maroon or brown . . . even some of the trees have tints of gold or brown (probably from stress due to drought, but still!) It is lovely to see, but scary. Can we possibly be heading into another season again so soon? Perhaps the warmth and dryness of the season has brought this on early this year. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
The day's report: Redfield to Thendara, 52.2 miles/4985.7 to date
Tomorrow we hit two big milestones: We will be on our 100th day, and we will pass 5000 miles!
Here's the route for you: Up and Down from Redfield
|Autumn is creeping into the landscape already|