Net Elevation gain: approximately 600 ft.
Average Speed: 7.7 mph
Top Speed: 37 mph
Time spent biking: just over 5 ½ hours
Total time for the day's travels: about 13 hours
Miles biked today: 43.08
Total for trip: 182.8 miles
Today was our first full day without rain. We had temperatures in the mid 70's and blue sky. It was a beautiful day for biking. We took our time getting up in the morning and Brett cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs, cheese and broccoli, while Jenny finished up some things on line and packed up a little. We pushed onto Rt. 20 again just before 9 A.M..
We got a fun comment from a lady on the other side of Rt. 20, when she noticed us pedaling by. “Now that's the way to do it!” she yelled, very enthusiastically to us.
We were looking for a place to buy some food to cook or a restaurant to eat at when we found KC's Corner restaurant/motel at the bottom of a hill. We stopped and had our second breakfast. Brett got pancakes and bacon and Jenny had the eggs/toast/potatoes/sausage/ham. We shared everything and managed to eat it all up except for a little bit of pancake! KC's had Internet, so we got the computer out and were able to get a little blogging in before and after our meal. It is so nice to read all the comments on the blog from folks who are excited about reading it. We are touched by many of the comments, and they all inspire us to keep going and to keep blogging.
As it turns out, KC's is at the intersection of Rt. 20 and County Road 31, where we had planned to turn south to Cooperstown. Perfect! We packed the computer away and biked onto 31, which proved to be a beautiful road! There was not much traffic and the road follows the valley along Lake Otsego so it was also fairly flat, at least in comparison to Rt. 20.
We would like to report that today was our first day without any mechanical problems, but, unfortunately, that was not the case. We were cruising along Co. Rd. 31 when we heard a loud BANG! The rear tire was flat almost immediately, and we stopped. It turns out the rear tire now has a small rip in its sidewall at the rim, much as the front tire did on Day 1, only smaller. We figured that if the one dollar bill was working for us, why not two? We patched the hole in the tube, and placed another dollar bill by the rip in the sidewall, and hoped for the best.
The best would have been that the bike shop in Cooperstown had a tire to replace our damaged one. They did have a tire that would fit, but it's a bit bigger than we want. We bought it anyway (Jeff at the shop was really helpful and nice), but decided not to bother to change to it right away because our dollar bill fix was still holding nicely.
While we were in Coopestown, we bought a few things we needed to resupply like batteries. We also did what we came for: we explored the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brett visited once with his grandparents as a child, but Jenny had never been. Brett grew up with baseball, and it was fun for him to share his love of baseball with Jenny, and we both enjoyed taking our time walking around the museum looking at all of the exhibits.
Outside of Cooperstown, there was a big hill. About half way up that hill, Brett complemented Jenny on her excellent pedaling contribution. “You're doing a lot of work back there!” he said. “You know how I know? Cuz I'm not!” Thanks, Brett.
All joking aside, Jenny did take on much of the pedaling for the rest of the evening's ride because after we left Cooperstown Brett's knee was bothering him. He took some Ibuprofen a little while out and tried to go easy on it, but his left knee was still bothering him the rest of the ride.
Brett has to hold the brakes down to keep the bike from moving backwards while Jenny takes some pictures.
We saw some really beautiful sights on the evening's ride to Gilbert Lake State Park. We saw fields full of daisies, spectacular views from atop the hills we climbed, a few birds of prey in the skies, and four deer grazing in the fields. We also got a surprise amateur fireworks display as we biked by a house that was having a party! Our evening destinations always seem to take longer to get to than anticipated. We thought we were just a few miles away for hours. We ended up getting to the park after dark, around 10:30 P.M.. Despite the late hour, Brett set up the tent while Jenny cooked egg noodles, broccoli, hot dogs and cheese, and added a little spice that made a delicious dinner. Then we took a short but warm shower (the kind where you push the button and the water stays on for 15-20 seconds until you push it again) and went to bed.