Latham, New York: This week we have crossed New York state and New England is just around the corner. There are 33 miles to the Vermont border and only 227 miles to the Atlantic. For the next two days there will be some speed bumps in the form of the Appalachian mountain range, but after thousands of miles of corn fields, speed bumps are welcome.
Today’s ride into Latham, a suburb of Albany, was superb. Excellent weather with blue skies in contrast with yesterday’s moisture. The terrain is beginning to feel like New England with bigger hills and rolling terrain with picturesque farmland and more cows — it looks like a Ben & Jerry’s ad. We crossed the Mohawk River early in today’s ride and passed through towns of differing sizes before joining near Schenectady an excellent rail to trail bike path along the Erie Canal, which led us to Latham. Today’s ride was thoroughly blissful and relaxing.
I saw several things today which I have not yet seen on this trip. Early in today’s ride there was a neat memorial/burial ground dating from the 1700’s for a Jesuit priest who was tomahawked by the Iroquois Indians, and a burial ground for an Iroquois maiden.
We also passed through some Amish country, and witnessed this horse and buggy getting down the highway:
Finally, in a park near Schenectady, we met a group of cyclists who are heading to Toronto on super-sized home-made bicycles using recycled materials. These were the two most interesting bikes I have ever seen; one with a fully functional hammock underneath the seat, the other a double-decker. “Bubba,” my trusty Cannondale, felt inadequate in comparison.
I spotted many pretty barns but none were picture worthy. I also tried the low-fat (yes, I am trying to cut back now on my caloric intake) frozen blueberry yogurt at Jumpin’ Jaks. It was good, but not the tastiest on this trip. My wearing cycling shorts inside out is still a continuing source of laughter. I guess after 47 days on the road we have a warped and deficient sense of cyclist humor.
Day 47 Summary:
Day 47 route: Little Falls to Latham, NY
Day 47 mileage: 74 miles
Cumulative mileage: 3,479.94 miles
Day 47 climbing: 2,100 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 93,245 feet of climbing