Four Day Excursion

30 05 2009

Day 1
Alex and Colin made it to Sacandaga Lake by noon.  After they got there they followed the lake all the way to the end; which is when the fun started, hills! They took a wrong turn which set them back about 5 miles.  It was a hot day so their biggest fear was running out of water before day 2.  However, they reached a small town called Stony Creek where they were able to fill there backpack bladders in the sink of the bathroom in a small market.  When they departed Stony Creek they set up there tent a little ways off the road.  It was about 9 O’clock and both of them were going in and out of sleep when they saw someone’s headlights piercing through the woods.  Then they heard a door open and saw a flashlight heading there way.  They knew something was up, so they both got out of the tent to see what was wrong.  It turned out to be the owner of the land.  He said they had to leave, because there had recently been some robberies at a camp down the road.  But after talking to him and explaining the trip, he changed his mind and told them they could stay until morning.  They were lucky because packing everything up, biking to a new site, and setting up camp once again would have been difficult to do at night.  Their first day consisted of 58 miles.

Sacandaga Lake

Sacandaga Lake

 

Rolling Mountains

Rolling Mountains

Day 2
Today was going to be their toughest day of the trip since the majority of the ride was uphill.  On the bright side, they were getting farther and farther into the Adirondacks which is absolutely beautiful.  After going about 45 miles Alex and Colin stopped at Stewarts to have dinner.  They ended up staying for 2 hours to wait out a passing storm.  At that point they were sore and didn’t even want to head back out.  However, that changed once they got going.  2 miles down the road they reached the 100 mile mark of there trip.  Then after about 10 miles the rolling storms passed through again causing another downpour.  They knew they had to find a place to stay or they were going to freeze since all of there stuff would be soaked.  So, they quickly went drudging through the woods.  After finding a spot to put up the tent they grabbed any clothes and equipment that remained dry to bring inside.  The weatherman said areas in the Adirondacks got 3 inches of rain that night.  No wonder they barely got sleep!  Their mileage totaled 53 for the day.

Looking strong

Looking strong

Day 3
The start of the day was a little bit hilly but since they were leaving the Adirondack’s the majority was downhill.  The day was relatively uneventful, which is not necessarily a bad thing!  The boys got to Colin’s camp on Pecks Lake around 4 O’clock.  They had been looking forward to sleeping in a bed and took full advantage of this with a quick nap upon their arrival.  The total for day three was about 58 miles.

Great view

Great view

Day 4
Last day of the trip!  The first 15 miles from Colin’s camp consisted of rolling hills until they reached the bike path.  They remained on the path until the Rotterdam junction where they headed towards Charlton.  Their total ended up being about 45 miles.  It was a great end of the trip because Alex and Colin were able to bike next to each other so they could hold a conversation.  They talked about things that went well and those that did not go so well.  They mainly discussed the degree to which this trip has mentally prepared them for next summer.  Overall the trip was smooth; they were both surprised to not have gotten any flat tires.  Their mileage for the entire ride was 214.

Crossing a bridge

Crossing a bridge

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