We left the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell at about 10:00 this morning. I like the room, the food, the people, and the streets behind the hotel, but I don’t like the road we used to get there. There was so much traffic that we used the button at the crosswalk to get to the other side of the road. I have to thank the people who run the hotel for thinking about pedestrians. Now that I think of it, we might have worked our way past the back gate and found a quieter route. Another time.
As Tim has reported, it was a lovely day. The wind was behind us and there wasn’t a hint of rain. The pictures above show my impression of Middletown. Wide roads and interesting buildings. It’s fun to ride through town and I always enjoy it. We passed the bike shop this year—no need for repairs—at least that we know about.
Next (after stopping to make the post about the thin men of Haddam) we stopped (as reported) for ice cream. We often stop at the Pilot House, and we weren’t disappointed. Great ice cream!
After Joe invited us to dinner, Tim wanted to stop to buy a shirt. He left his only t-shirt in Norfolk (not on purpose of course) and the bike shirt wasn’t what he wanted to wear for dinner. We stopped in Deep River and I sat on a bench near the trike while Tim went shopping. Remember Tim’s discription of the young man who made an unfriendly gesture earlier today? I want you to know that 99.9% of the people we meet are just the opposite. Friendly and curious, with waves, beeps, and thumbs up. The pictures above show just one small episode in our daily life on the road. In the top picture Tim is returning to the trike with his new shirt. Note the two people walking behind him. In the bottom picture the man has stopped and started a conversation. He was interested in the tandem trike, and after seeing our Cornell flag related that he is in our class—the class of ’69. We didn’t know him, but enjoyed the short conversation. Travel in an unusual way and you get a chance to meet new people.
It’s possible that we could have kept going for a 50 or 60 mile ride today, but we’re glad we didn’t. It seems that the closer we get to the beach, the more we begin to feel like we are on vacation. 34 miles was perfect. We look forward to dinner with Joe and Jane tonight.
Before I post today’s photographs I’d like to ask a question of my fellow readers. I’m currently in the second book of the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri – thank you Poppy! Amazon made a recommendation today, based on my interest in Deborah Crombie’s books featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. It’s another British mystery series, this one by Peter Lovesey. It’s about Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond. The first book is called The Last Detective. Have any of my book advisors (and others) tried this series?
And now on to today. . .
Clouds returned and rain was in the forecast. I prepared for the ride by donning my rain pants and rain coat. Tim’s strategy was to keep all his rain gear in the Yak Sak, with the idea that he would unpack it and put it on after it started raining—exposing everything in the sack to the rain. In spite of the fact that we reached our destination without experiencing more than a few sprinkles, I’m sure I was correct. I was prepared!
We rode by many of the flowers in the pictures above. I remember John told us years ago that they are wild parsnips. But some were taller than we were (at least taller than we were sitting on the trike). How does one know when the giant hogweed is what one is looking at? I wasn’t about to stroke these plants to find out.
We left Route 23 just west of Great Barrington. Once again the GPS directed us onto quiet roads with little traffic. Above you can see the monument to Shay’s Rebellion and on the lower left a ghost car passes us. Just to let you know there was a little traffic – but not too much.
Tim has been reading a book about exercise called The First Twenty Minutes. He (who usually forgets to eat when we are working hard) is now giving me lectures on eating enough while we ride. I’m sorry to say that the cool weather and the time of day that we pass ice cream stands (many are closed) have prevented us from making what I consider to be a sufficient number of ice cream stops. Above you can see my substitute (at least for today). On the way in to Norfolk we stopped for a quick lunch. I love onion rings, but NEVER order them—you can imagine how not good for you they are. But this was a bike trip and I hadn’t had any ice cream today. The onion rings were wonderful.
Just as were were approaching our final destination, the chain broke—again! With the Mountain View Inn in sight, just up the road, we had to stop. Once again Tim repaired the chain, and we made it up the hill just as the rain began to fall.
Safe and dry for another night. Thank you!!
You’ve read of Tim’s trials while waiting for me to be ready to leave, so I will spare you further details.
I planned to give all sorts of other details of our trip—first to Afton (55 miles) and the next day to Oneonta (33 miles). I experimented with the iPhone camera.
Pictures of friends’ houses
Pictures of strangers’ houses
Pictures of friends! We met Dan and Linda Finlay while having lunch in Whitney Point.
Points of interest along the road
Experiments with my iPhone lenses:
Details of wonderful meals along the way. If you stop here for lunch, you can listen to a lesson in Italian while using the restroom.
But hours of pedaling, and relearning the blog program, and reviewing the editing program, and finding a new resizing program, and uploading methods have taken their toll.
We had two excellent days of riding:
Saturday promises rain (but not all the time). Our hope is to skip between the showers which means we once again make an effort to start early—breakfast at Denny’s in Oneonta and off before the showers begin. I’ll let you know how we make out.
Thanks to all for your kind words and encouragement!
When we started this blog I discussed my camera dilemma—the Canon D50 with lenses and tripod were too heavy to take with us on the tricycle. I settled instead for Tim’s Lumix G1, two lenses, and a GorillaPod. Almost all the photographs I’ve shared so far have been taken with the Lumix. Three days ago I decided to repeat the new-camera experience—this time with my iPhone. I downloaded three applications: Pro HDR, ClearCam, and ProCamera. I have been using all three interchangeably, depending on what I thought was called for. Most of the post-processing was done with PhotoGene—the same application I’ve been using on the iPad for most of the trip.
Without further explanation here is a record of a few more island forays—
Block Island journeys with an iPhone.