Monday July 17 07:00
|Ending up: Battery Park: Day 7: 16:30|
I sit here in Gus's Red Hots, at Cumberland Head Road & Route 9, in Plattsburgh, at the end of the first day of my ride. Today has gone very well, all things considering. I was very, very worried about my knees and ankles and, so far, thank the Lord, they have held up. I was very spooked by last year's experience, when I had to abandon my ride at the middle of the second day. My knees feel better now than they did at the end of that first day, after my marathon ride from Montreal to Granby. I was also worried about getting across the border, and that passed without incident. I could have done without some of today's rain, but I'll have to take it in stride - the weather is not something we can control.
|Famous Pier by Brooklyn Bridge|
Over the Spring of this year, as I was thinking of where to take a bike ride, I considered routes where Sheryl, my dear wife, might be able to come along. The notion of a leisurely ride to New York, one with no time pressure, began to take shape in my mind. I checked out the map and found the route along the east side of Lake Champlain, to Whitehall, at the bottom of the Lake, to be relatively flat. Thus I could avoid the Adirondack Mountains through which goes my usual car route on I-87. From Whitehall to the Hudson River is the Champlain Canal, which I also figured would have to be more or less flat. Then there is the valley of the Hudson. How flat the route will actually be remains to be seen. I've noticed, for example, some minor mountain passes, especially approaching U.S. Hwy 4 near Whitehall.
The plan is to take 8 to 10 days - I've already come to Plattsburgh. Tomorrow I will ride to Port Kent (with one "killer hill") and take the ferry over to Vermont. This first leg of the trip, as far as Burlington, is known to me, for I had made the trek back in the Summer of 1993. From Burlington, I plan to ride south on Rte 7, as far as Vergennes and then take Rte 22A south over the New York border, to connect with U.S. Hwy 4. I'll follow 4 along the Champlain Canal, to Hudson Falls.
|Overview: Montreal to Chimney Point||Overview: Chimney Point to Ft. Ann|
Whatever the route then, I'll follow the Hudson. Sheryl should join me on day 2 or 3, and we will go in tandem.
|Overview: Ft. Ann to Germantown||Overview: Germantown to West Point|
|Overview: West Point to Battery Park|
|Training: Riding to the Lachine Lighthouse|
Sheryl made me some special healing oil to rub on my knees and ankles, which both started to pain as I started training.