Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 22, Thursday. Albany to Hyde Park

The first 20 miles we biked today, another clear and cool morning, were along the Hudson River.  It was a beautiful tree lined ride with the river on the right.  There was also a railroad track between the road and river with two tracks.  Signs indicated a fast train.  I was hoping to see a train, but we only heard one just after we had turned away from the river.  I also have been hoping to see some large ships as we have seen so much of the St Lawrence and Hudson Rivers, but there was only a freighter in the far distance on the St Lawrence.
After we turned away from the river, we encountered lots of hills again.  We climbed 2500 feet today and need to remember that NY is hilly!  At our second SAG stop, Julie had parked next to a farm market stand. The folks donated fresh peaches for the cyclists when they found out what we were doing.  What a very special treat.  They were ripened to perfection - delicious!
We camped in Hackett Hill Park.  It was a beautiful park with a swimming pool, but apparently the money ran out and the pool had no chlorine, so was not available.  The fencing around the pool was used to support bikes, and dry laundry, so it had some use.  When we arrived in camp, the cooks were rolling out home made sweet rolls for our afternoon shack!  These women are amazing!!  What a treat.
FDR was born in Hyde Park and  his library and museum are there.  We had discussed yesterday that we would like to visit at least one of these places.  But, alas, those hills took their toll and we were just too tired to learn history today.  So sorry - I would have loved to take advantage of the opportunity, but a nap won out.
66 miles  12.8 MPH average speed

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