|Waiting for the 1:45 p.m. ferry to New York.|
I set out for another overnight. After missing a chance to tag along with a group who rode the three ferry ride the weekend before, now was my chance to accomplish that, plus test more camping gear, plus speed along my lazy training schedule for a bike touring vacation. I've been uninspired to pedal more than 22 miles (normal commute distance) in one whack.
Map of ride (for the curious).
|Ferry #1 - Burlington to Port Kent, NY|
Amongst apple orchards the headwind is negated. Ripe, juicy Macintosh apples dot the landscape. My father says the fruit is large this year. Migrant pickers hang off ladders, placing apples into baskets slung around their necks.
I pedaled onward, and entered downtown Plattsburgh. One block was closed to traffic. A war of 1812 celebration was just getting underway. A band was tuning instruments, food carts flanked a triangular park, and I stumbled into a booth where a kind man explained the upcoming events. Soon after, a guy in costume ambles by, in character as a French general on the British side. In a thick French accent he recites a lot of history—perhaps too much—and I couldn't wait to get away, but not before he obliged a photo. It's not every day that a cyclist encounters a person dressed in 1800's get-up.
|My tent set up. Notice, I brought my new camping pillow along.|
| I found these fun, fleecy Acorn brand socks at a garage sale. Love em!|
I'll bring them with me on vacation.
|Waiting for ferry.|
|Ferry #2 - Cumberland Head, NY to Grand Isle, VT|
It's an easy four mile ride—on separate bike path too—to catch a ferry back to Vermont. It's a smooth crossing this time, short and sweet at 15 minutes. I stand beside my bike and enjoy the outdoors.
|Ferry #3 - Bike Ferry from South Hero to Colchester|
*I will be off-line until September 29th.