Aug 10

Climbing to Star Lake

by in Week 8

  • Watertown to Star Lake, NY
  • 62 miles/3,815 total
  • 3,000′ elevation gain
  • Limited internet at the top

Today’s post began yesterday. There was reportedly to be no communication coverage at Star Lake. It is too far from anything. This blog began in Watertown last night while we were preparing for a severe storm. Sheila and I were safely in the school.

The road is slated to go up pretty steadily, gaining most of the 3,000′ we gained today. There won’t be much to do in Star Lake since it has one bar and one convenience store. Our caterer is having to come in from way out of town to feed us. That’ll be good.

UPDATE from Star Lake: We have some limited wifi access that may die at any moment.  Today started overcast but dry but quickly changed to Seattle-like rain, light but constant. It wasn’t cold which was good. Picnic was at a park with a shelter, also good. After picnic the climbing picked up so we had to remove our rain gear, too hot. That means we got pretty wet the last third of the day. The photo shows us at a water stop by a sign that says Adirondack Region. We haven’t needed rain gear in a long time. We’ve been very lucky.

There was a bakery marked on our cue sheet for 10 miles before picnic. Everyone took advantage of the opportunity to get out of the rain and have a treat. We enjoyed a cinnamon roll with tea. You can see we took over the entire bakery until they ran out of food.

Oh, and last night at the school the local FOX affiliate came out and did a fluff piece on us riding across country during the hottest July on record! You can see some of our fellow cyclists.


3 Responses to “Climbing to Star Lake”

  1. From Daria:

    Thanks for the link to the news clip. Hope the weather is better tomorrow cause the ride from Utica to Lake Placid was in rain from start to finish for 3 1/2 hours….yuck and we were in a car. Can’t imagine cycling in that. You guys are rocking this ride.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm #
  2. From Gracie:

    Hottest July on record, add that to the impressive list of accomplishments!
    Well done, S2Cycle, shine on!

    Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm #
  3. From JOE SIEBOLD:

    Hi Sheila & Spencer,
    Hope all is well with you, & all the rider’s. Have been following your daily report, your doing a great job. I hope all the rider’s, are safe. I wish I was on the ride, yet the doctor told me in Bozmen, after surgery, it’s a good thing I left, when I did, as another 1-2 day’s of riding, the infected abscess, could have gotten worse, & gone into my blood cell. Enjoy and ride safe everyone your final week. My what a wonderful experience, for all you guy’s. Way to go. God bless everyone. Joe Siebold

    Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm #