• Lake Placid, NY to Burlington, VT
  • 44.5 miles/3,936.5 total
  • Short, fun, easy, kick-back day
  • Ferry ride!

Today was the shortest ride of the tour. It was so short we delayed breakfast a full hour, not leaving Lake Placid until after 8. Such luxury. We headed out with our new tandem buddies, Roland and Judy from Connecticut. They had to scratch their own self-guided tour this week and opted to join our intrepid band instead. We were glad for the company.

Our paces were enough similar that we rode all morning to picnic together. We swapped stories about the road and tandems. They’ve been riding double since 1994. Our paces and styles matched well. Actually that was easy to do because it was almost all downhill today as we dropped out of the Adirondacks. It was our second day of no corn fields. Such a change from the past 5 weeks.

We were at picnic by a 10:30. It was at Ausable Chasms. I’d call it a park, but it is privately owned. You pay your fee and you get to see the wonders. We snacked, then bought a hiking pass. The chasm was created by the Ausable River. It’s a very narrow gorge with spectacular rock formations. This one is called Elephant Head. We visited with people along the trail who were full of positive comments on our journey. The trail dropped almost down to the river at points. In fact, if you wanted to pay an additional $10, you could buy a float trip down about a mile of the river. No white water, to speak of, but another way  to experience the power of water. We hiked to a trailhead and caught a shuttle back to the top.

From there it was a short ride to the ferry, then a one-hour crossing of Lake Champlain. It was a gorgeous day to ride the boat, smooth and sunny. I shared Revolutionary War stories with my British colleagues, the Smyth-Osbornes. Then it was a quick ride to the University of Vermont campus where we are now setting up shop in the dorms.

Tomorrow promises to be another short day, 46 miles, taking us to Stowe. There will be significantly more UP, but still an easy day as we head into our last week of the tour. The end is indeed near.

A Notch in our belt