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What a difference a day makes! Today was FABULOUS! We ate a quick breakfast at the hotel, took a few apples with us and were on the road by 8 am. We made our way back to Route 209 through morning business traffic and out of the Port Jervis area. Soon, we found ourselves on gentle rolling hills with magnificent views of the mountains. Again, our straight away ride sections had us averaging 15 mph!
We bought the Beast’s mirror, got some wisdom on the best path to New Paltz from there and bid our new bike enthusiast friends good bye. We had searched the map and saw what looked to be a grocery store just beyond the road that led up to our campground. We passed the road and didn’t see the grocery store for awhile but found a cute farm market/bakery. We stopped in, hoping to find an affordable dinner option. Although they had some terrific organic items, a half a sandwich was $6.95 and wouldn’t satisfy our appetites. I suggested that we turn back and grab a cheap pizza at the place we recently passed. Frankenbutt really didn’t want pizza again.
So, we decided to head to the campground and see if the camp store had anything. If they didn’t, Frankenbutt said he’d unhitch the trailer and ride to the grocery store while I watched the Beast swim at the camp pool. Luckily, he found hot dogs and buns … not “green” buns … and we decided to have that for dinner. While he bought the groceries, the Beast set up the tent and I pulled the cookware, the bed rolls and sleeping bags. The Beast did a good job setting up the tent by herself! In no time, our camp set up was done and we all headed to the pool. Coco rested in the shade next to the pool fence and we sat just on the other side of the fence so that she wouldn’t be lonely or worried about us.
I hope tomorrow will be as nice as today. Today’s ride made me feel more confident about the many miles we have ahead. We’ve conquered some pretty tough stuff and we’re still rolling. I don’t know if I consider myself a long distance rider, yet. I guess I expect myself to “love” every aspect of riding and I don’t. I truly enjoy rolling hills and shaded, meandering roads. I don’t like steep climbs where I end up pushing my behemoth of a bike up the hill while the sun beats down on my head and shoulders. I really don’t mind sweating, if I’m moving ahead.
Tomorrow we head to New Paltz for a ride in and meet up with media in the early evening. I hope the track gets some good local attention from our story. I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of our Trilogy Park friends who are making the short trek north for the race. I suspect there will be some late night laughs, considering the gang that’s coming!