Friday, August 3, 2012

Latham, NY - Day 47

We left Little Falls with sprinkling rain and heavy clouds then climbed to a ridge overlooking the Mohawk Valley. It's right up there with my favorite views of the trip -- beautiful old farm houses with barns and green wooded hills. The towns we went through Canajoharie, Fultonville, Amsterdam,Rotterdam Junction, and Schenectady were full of interesting, old buildings. Each day is so different and surprising and beautiful. I am continually in awe of what an amazing country we live in.  We spent most of the day along side the Mohawk River and were able to ride on paved bike paths to avoid heavy traffic.

As we checked into the Holiday Express this afternoon, all of us were saying in disbelief, "Only three more days." I asked myself: Have we really come this far? Are we really going to make it over the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire to dip our wheels in the Atlantic? Right now the trip seems like a blur. The hotels, the cities, the buffets, the raps and sags have blended together. Remembering each day is like playing  the game of Concentration where you just can't quite remember where that darn card is -- at least it is for my tired brain. I'm just hoping we all stay safe and healthy for the last few days. It's descending the mountain peaks on the home stretch where many accidents occur,so I'm staying vigilant!

Yesterday our challenge was the Garmin. Today we had a little camera trouble. My battery was dead for the first picture. Ward took over with his camera. We bought new batteries (remember we're back in civilization) for me. Ward's batteries died. I left my camera at the first sag stop. Let's see what we have...

Day 47
Miles: 76
Total Miles: 3452
Elevation Gain: 2897
Elevation Loss: 3002
Next Stop: Brattleboro, VT

Link to Mimi's Garmin info

Leaving Little Falls

Cliffs above Little Falls

Looking across the Mohawk Valley
Farm on the ridge overlooking the Mohawk Valley
An old building in Canajoharie
Upscale sag stop at Karen's Produce and Ice Cream -with facilities

Bridge over the Mohawk River

Artistic bridge shot taken while Mimi
 retrieved forgotten camera

Lock number 8 - Now you see the boat.

Now you don't.
Stopped at the lock - Mimi, Rosy, and Jordan

 Stopped at the lock - Ward and Mimi
Second sag - Ward checking the directions

Second sag - our stellar hosts Kathy and Jeff

Second sag- Bob gets creative with banana, pb, raisins and Cheetos.
Eat you heart out Martha Stewart

Bike path along the Mohawk River into Latham

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