Little Falls, New York: Today was a soggy day but proves the truism that after the rain comes the sun. During the first ten miles of the day’s ride we tried to out speed the rain, then spent the next 40 miles in a wonderfully robust rain shower. It poured. Rather than trying to take cover as some cyclists did, I embraced the rain and kept on pedalling. In an odd way the downpour had a cleansing, purifying, calming effect. It’s all part of the experience, I reasoned, and sooner or later the sun will appear. That moment appeared just before we rolled into Little Falls, a small town west of Albany that straddles both the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River. My route sheet dissolved in the rain so I relied on Dennis, who had the foresight to put his directions into a ziplock baggy, for navigation into Little Falls. The afternoon was spent doing bike cleaning and maintenance, laundry, and drying out.
I took one photo today, of the world’s smallest church. It’s a non-denominational church that sits in the center of an algae-dominated pond. The church can accommodate about half a person.
There’s also continuing amusement in the group about yesterday’s folly in wearing my cycling shorts inside out. This has been the butt of many jokes (no pun intended). Both NJ Mark and California Margo showed up at breakfast this morning with their shorts inside out. Who’d a thought I would start a trend?
We have just four more cycling days but about 15,000 feet of climbing until we reach the Atlantic on Monday. Are we there yet?
Day 46 Summary:
Day 46 route: Liverpool to Little Falls, NY
Day 46 mileage: 77.72
Cumulative mileage: 3,405.94 miles
Days 46 climbing: 1,610 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 91,145 feet of climbing
Terrain: flat with some hills