Day 4, Wednesday
Lots of things happened today. One of the best things is that I got to spend a few hours with a human being! Zak Robinson (my lovely wife Jackie’s cousin) rode with me for 20 miles this morning. It was pleasant and a little different. It seemed a little harder to focus on the task at hand, it was more fun talking to Zak than pedaling! Here’s a shot of what a real cyclist looks like, in front of a derelict pizza place in Pittstown, NY.
Dale Hobson asked me what songs (if any) coursed through my so-called brain as I drifted over the highways. Today I listened … in the morning my song was Bobby Rydell’s “Wild One”…. It just started and didn’t stop for a few hours… then in the afternoon it somehow switched to that 70’s song by King Harvest “Dancin’ in the Moonlight”… the melody from these songs seemed to fit my “cadence” perfectly.
Speaking of geeky bike stuff, someone wanted to know what kind of a bike I have… it’s a Fuji “Touring” model… completely stock except for “slick” tires instead of the knobby ones supplied, I bought it new just for this ride.
So as any irresponsible teenager would do, I decided to do something I knew I shouldn’t do… namely to attempt another 7 mile climb up to the highest planned point on my trip at 2,179 feet. (see elevation profile) This was TOUGH! I had to put the bike in the lowest of my 27 gears, and crept up the mountain at 5.0 mph! (I just barely passed a lady walking to her mailbox!) It took me almost 2 hours including lots of stops (for more Carb Bombs, etc) We’ll see if I can even walk tomorrow.
Unfortunately, there are no restaurants at the summit, but the Italian restaurant in N. Adams will deliver orders greater than $25… you can just imagine the rest.
Right next to the motel is the famous “Elk on the Trail” statue, put here in 1923 by the Elks Club as a memento to Elks Club members who died in the “Great” War. It looks like people still remember.