The green, green trails of home

Would you like to come along on 2 rides?  The weather was a little hit or miss this weekend.  At first, we were going to go for a longer ride on Saturday, but there was rain coming on radar.  Then we decided to go for a shorter ride and get it in before the rain came.  We chose to go through the streets to Crandall Park.

John is watching the kids across the street.  They were driving/pedaling a big pink jeep, which was cute.

Crandall Park is about 8 miles from home.  It is next door to the Y, where I used to go when I was training for the triathlon.

It’s actually right next to the main road, but you wouldn’t know it.  It looks very secluded.

You can just make out the road in the background

The water is full of fish, bluegills and something else that is much bigger.  Bass maybe?

Funny, you can fish here if you are a senior citizen or under 15, but not in between.  I am thinking a Memorial Weekend picnic here is in order (Mom, Dad?)

We got home 17  miles round trip.  And it started to rain just as we got home!

Sunday we decided to bike farther to breakfast and try a new bagel place.  I fueled up with a protein drink before heading out the door.  It was cloudy and really humid today.  We decided not to stray too far from home today as rain was forecast for the mid afternoon.

The path to Lake George was exploding in green.  Here is where the path leaves Glens Falls and enters the Adirondaks.  This is about 7.5 miles in.

That building to the left is an ice cream shop.  One of the many.  We actually don’t go here often because they serve Edy’s ice cream, which we can buy in the store, plus no yogurt. They do have jazz concerts on Sundays in the summer, though.

I stopped a few times to take pictures because it was so crazy green!  Almost like the Emerald Forest. This is the top of a hill before going down and curving around.

Time for a quick sugar snack at mile 11.  I was getting hungry by this time and super sweaty from the humidity.

I love ginger! Note the thread on my gloves.  They are already falling apart.  I am so hard on my stuff.

We had a bit more of a climb and then a 2 mile free for all down hill.  I hit 28 mph!  The nice thing about early Sunday mornings is that only dweebs are out that early, so John and I had the path pretty much to ourselves.

We arrived to Lake George at 16 miles. We both decided that is too far for breakfast.  The new place that opened in Lake George?

An interesting concept.  This place was really long and narrow.  A little odd. Not much seating, but in an Adirondack style.

I had a cheddar bagel with cream cheese.

They ran out of coffee before we each got a cup, though!  Had to wait for it to be brewed.  Nice fresh coffee, but having to wait after biking 16 miles was hard.  The bagel had a nice flavor to it, and they made them there, which is nice.  I would have liked a chewier crust, though.  Not sure if they boil these bagels or just bake them.

The Lake is about ready for tourists.

All the cheesy t-shirt shops are open now.  Lake George is an odd mix.

They do have an awesome bakery  – the Lake George Baking Company.

We each got something to go to have later.

We headed back, this time climbing up for 2 miles.  Powered by bagel!

Wouldn’t be surprised if the city of Oz showed up at the end of the path.

At mile 30, we stopped at a garden center that I have been dying to go into every time we bike by.

I drank some coconut water:

I then proceeded to almost hyperventilate at all the flowers.  This is one of those nurseries that is just a joy to go to because their displays are wonderful. And they had 11 greenhouses.  11!!!  We only looked at 3:

John reminded me that it could rain, so I made a plan to come back later on my own by car :mrgreen:

We then headed home and reached there at mile 38.8.

Ride stats:

Total miles : 38.8

Ride time:  3 hours 6 minutes

Average speed: 12.4 mph

Top speed: 28 mph!

Calories burned:  1164.

I was really hoping for a longer ride today, but the weather was iffy, although it turned out to be okay – so we could have gone further.  I did enjoy going back to the garden center, though.  :mrgreen:

Oh, and my item bought at the bakery?

An almond horn!  One of my favorite cookies.  We had lattes at home with our snacks.

Question:  Is your area green or dry right now?

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26 thoughts on “The green, green trails of home

  1. Lynn Haraldson

    LOVE the photos. You live in such a lovely area (when it’s not snowing all the time…LOL). I’m so glad you got out on the bike this weekend. Here’s wishing you better weather and a long summer of happy trails 🙂

  2. Kim

    It is green here – lots of rain in Missouri right now. Of course it will be dry as a bone in no time.

  3. Flo

    It’s green here. I’ll be out in Glens Falls next weekend! I think I know exactly where that nursery is and I’ve wanted to stop there every time we have seen it. I may just have to do that this trip!

  4. Amber

    I enjoyed a ride up to Lake George on Saturday and I was in awe of all the green, I loved it! The lake was bustling with activity which was nice to see (I got there around 5 pm), but the wind was a little too chilly for my liking…

    Sprinkles actually does have yogurt, Edy’s soft yogurt none the less. I can’t say I’ve ever had it though!

    Glad you were able to avoid the rain both days!

    1. Lori Post author

      Guess it has been a while since we have been to
      Sprinkles. I am just stuck on the Only8 at Coopers!

  5. debby

    Yes its very green here and I am really enjoying it. In fact am heading out for my walk after I finish this comment. But your green is stupendous!! I love that secluded pond at the first park. Oh, and that nursery–heaven! I need to get some pretty flowers. Thanks for sharing your rides. I love coming along!
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  6. Shelly

    I, too, have been riding between the raindrops. Its very wet and very green around here, in the suburbs of NYC. I’m getting a little sick of the rain, but not much I can do about it.
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  7. Pubsgal

    Glad you both enjoyed a great weekend, Lori! It’s starting to dry out here, although still so much more green than it usually is this late in May, since our rainy season lasted much longer.

    Love that park! And you’d love our local nurseries here, we have some really lovely ones.
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  8. Fran

    Definitely green but Spring has arrived here some time ago now.

    I love the photos of both trips, it’s so beautiful up there.

    Question: the things on the top shelf in the bakery store. Are those muffins?
    If so they are double the size of muffins sold here 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      LOL! Yes, those are muffins. Everything in the US is large sized. And people wonder why there is an obesity problem here.

  9. Marina

    green and hot here in Madrid!
    After reading your posts I decided to go and buy a bike! I really like the way you live! Cheers

  10. Jody - Fit at 53

    Lori, what beautiful pics! I so love when you take us riding or sight seeing with you!!!! I grew up back east till high school so I love the greenery & the small town looking of it all…. Course I like the food pics too! 😉

    We are getting weird weather for CA here so not really that warm & even some rain here & there!
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Do the Very Best You Can!

  11. Dawn

    I keep thinking about buying a bike. I need to look over your bike post again to see what I might want to buy. I’m cheap though so not sure I’m ready for anything fancy especially when I don’t know if I even want to bike lol. But evyer time you tell your biking stories I think about it again 🙂 Looks like you two had a great weekend.
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  12. Ang

    We’ve been so rainy here lately. Kind of depressing. We did get one good day of sun Saturday and then part of yesterday was nice. Then we got a big thunderstorm. Looks like you got some fun bike rides in! 🙂
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  13. cammy@tippytoediet

    I just love that day in Spring when you really *see* the greenness–I always feel positively giddy with joy!

    We’re soggy here in the South, with another week of storms predicted. But we have sunshine between the clouds, and I’m hopeful for clear skies by week’s end. (a girl can dream.)
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