This weekend was really hot and sunny! I needed this:
The traffic has been bothering me on the bikes, particularly out in the afternoon, so John planned a ride that took advantage of the paths as much as possible. Plus I wanted a more relaxing ride since it is a holiday weekend.
We decided on a ride to the lake because the crowds will really be coming soon. Next week is the Elvis festival, which is kind of surreal if you are not a big Elvis fan. Then the weekend after that is Americade where 10,000 motorcycles descend on Lake George – double no thank you! The traffic gets horrendous then. So, this weekend will be the last lake visit for a while.
We headed out after lunch. We took the usual paths and then crossed over into Glens Falls to get back on the western canal trail (as John dubbed it). It is part of the logging route.
None of this goes down the canal anymore, but it used to.
This was about 8 miles in.
We didn’t snack here, but just stopped in the shade for a bit. It was really hot!
We wound around and back onto the path that goes to Lake George. I was starting to get hungry at this point and we stopped around mile 18 so I could have a pear.
There is a little picnic area here, which we never stop at because it is only a couple miles left to the lake, but I was afraid I was going to bonk after doing all those hills in the heat.
Another biker came and asked to join us in the shade and we got talking different bike routes in the area. It was nice to chat with another cyclist!
After that nice rest, we headed the rest of the way to the lake. Mile 21. Gorgeous day. A bit breeze, but full of people! Eeeek!
It’s tourist season! We didn’t stay long, just enough to fill the water bottles and take a pit stop. Too many people for us. Hope everyone enjoys the beautiful Adirondack region.
The path began to fill up with all kinds of people as well, many of which did not know path etiquette.
We booked out of town. What was on our minds? Ice cream! One of our favorite stops. Coopers Cave. This was mile 30 and I decided I wanted a sundae!
I got a Mexican sundae, which has peanut butter sauce and chocolate fudge. Way overloaded with whipped topping! It made it look huge!
It tasted so good after 30 miles. We had a nice shady table to relax at. We sat a little too long and I got a bit stiff. Oops.
Then we only had 10 more miles to do. Our goal was a 40 mile ride on the day. Back on the paths! It was so nice not to deal with traffic on this part of the paths. Usually, the paths closer to home are much less crowded than those by the lake.
Look who we found, too!
The babies are getting bigger. Almost past the cute stage.The parents hissed at us as we rode by, so I stopped past them and used the zoom because I didn’t want to upset the parents. Although, they were sitting on the edge of the path.
5 more miles of riding and we arrived home.
Total miles: 40.3
Average speed 12 mph
Top speed 26.7 mph
Calories burned 1183 (although this is low, when you ride slow, the computer says less calories burned even if it is the same distance).
All in all a wonderful ride and no sunburn! As greasy as that sunscreen is, it really works very well. I just don’t like that every bit of dirt and bug sticks to me