So long days of flat riding! It was nice while it lasted!
I left the shores of Lake Ontario and headed inland (seems weird to say inland when I'm talking about a lake--but it's a BIG lake--almost like an ocean). Here's a final sunset over Lake Ontario.
Yesterday, I saw this sign.
|Horse and buggy sign|
Today, I saw several of them. To go along with the sign, there was an actual horse and buggy.
|It had just pulled into the driveway|
I was in Amish country for the better part of the morning and early afternoon. I even stopped at an Amish farm stand and got a yellow squash so I can have it with my special seasoning from Christine (I know I can put it on other stuff, but I've got a hankering for some squash). I waved to the two young girls sitting on the porch of the house.
|Amish veggie stand|
It was quite warm and humid today. That, coupled with going up many many hills, made for a sweaty ride. While I was in my easiest gear a lot today, it wasn't like it was mountains. Those are still to come.
In the town of Pulaski, I met Tom Jones (not THAT Tom Jones). Born and raised in Pulaski, he informed me that it is pronounced Pulas "sky". Good to know...
I sat in the park in Pulaski to upload yesterday's post. For some reason, when the internet connection is not great, the app that I use doesn't show the photos. I don't know why, and I don't know how to fix it, short of redoing the post. If it happens again when I really want the photo to be seen, I'll try to put it in the next post. In the case of yesterday, there weren't any photos that were that great.
Today I had a few towns pretty close together, then a long 15.5 mile stretch of just going up and down amongst the trees (definitely more trees than fields now). There were a number of cabins along creeks, and a few lakes. In West Leyden I stopped for soft serve ice cream. That, and a Dr. Pepper, hit the spot.
|Salmon Lake Reservoir|
|Creek and lake|
I had just 7.5 more miles to Boonville, and it seemed to be mostly downhill. I stopped in Boonville and picked up a few groceries as it was a larger grocery store. Two miles or so out of town (on the route) I came to Stysh's Brown Barn Campground, my stop for the night. I didn't see anything that said office, but after checking out the downstairs part of the barn, I came out, and was looking at what might be a good campsite, figuring the owner would find me. About then, a car drove up, and it was Dan Stysh, the guy in charge. He told me it is going to rain tonight, so I should set up in the upstairs part of the barn. That sounded fine to me, and I just rolled Tilmann inside the barn. He said I could set up my tent inside, but I didn't see any reason to actually set up my tent. I just laid the footprint out and put my sleeping pad and sleeping bag on top to keep them clean (after all, it is a barn).
|Bed for tonight|
Showers, restrooms, kitchen, and laundry room are downstairs--it's also quite cool down there. All this cost me $7.00! There are all manner of farm implements hanging on the walls, along with old signs and advertisements. There's even this bike!
The potential for a storm does look pretty strong. I'm glad I'm under cover for the night.
PS The mosquito bites on my feet are driving me crazy! I feel like I need to soak my feet in a bucket of hydrocortisone cream!