Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Day 4 - Hammondsport to Geneva

Slept OK last night, despite the bright light. Awoke to the unmistakeable sound of raindrops on the tent. A light rain was falling, and it looked pretty dreary, and was still very humid. Forecast was for 70% chance of showers/thunderstorms, pretty much all day. Packed up everything wet in trash bags, stuffed all of it in the duffle, and threw it on the truck. Biked next door to firehouse for breakfast - pancakes, bacon, juice (white grape, not orange- - this is the Finger Lakes, after all.) Got on the road around 7am, in light drizzle, but not enough for raingear. BIG, BIG hill out of Hammondsport, lowest gear for 1-2 miles, then rolling terrain along the top of the ridge with views of the lake. Skipped peninsula in Keuka Lake because of recent asphalt/loose stone coating, so that would mean 44 miles instead of 63. (It would turn out to be a good decision) Hit afternoon rest stop in Penn Yan before it was open, but bought soda and chatted with other early arrivals. Went to library, only had 15 minutes on computer, so cleared email but no time to update this. Continued up LONG hill (locals said "turn left at the light and go up a little hill"), and then the rains came, lightly at first, but enough for raingear. Last 10 miles were pretty wet. Helped unload the truck in the rain, since it was the only way I could get my bag early (from the very front of the truck) and get set up and out of the rain. Got tent up and inside mostly dry. Had lunch - American Legion is our campsite, and they had hamburgers/hot dogs in their outdoor pavilion. Raining again now, but clearing tonight and better weather the rest of the week. Tomorrow may just be a good day to stay put, dry out, and rest in Geneva.

The numbers:
42.31 miles
Rolling time: 3:08:40
Elapsed time (guess): 4 - 4:30 (?)
Average: 13.4 mph
Max: 31 mph

(LATER) Showered, still raining, so hid out in tent and listened to music. Pig roast for dinner was very good, with beans, corn, brownies, lemonade, fruit. Rain stopped after that, so we went next door to Belhurst Castle Winery and tasted 5 dry red wines for $2.50. SWC group then planned to walk 1.5 miles into town for ice cream, but I'd had enough for one day and passed. Charged cell phone, called Holly, back to tent, and to sleep as noise dies down. Not sure yet about tomorrow. Definite are library, some drying out, oiling chain, retaping handlebar, and some repacking. May relax and just explore Geneva before 66 miles on Friday.


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