Thursday, June 7, 2012

Post 010 - Hudson & Delaware Rivers

The mornings have been cool, in the low 50s, warming up to the high 50s - low 60s. Days 2 & 3 were overcast with ocassional breakout sun. The roads were dry.

Traveled from Wilmington, Vermont southwest to Hudson River Valley. Found some lovely out of the way roads -also got turned around several times. Spent night in Hyde Park campground. Trains roll through Hyde Park every 30 minutes. No wonder FDR was looking for a new deal.

Day 3 took me first southwest through the Catskills to Port Jervis, NY on the Pennsylvania, New Jersey tip. On the advice of another bike rider I drove up the Delaware River on the New York side and back down in Pennsylvania. Found some phenomally beautiful forest in State Game Land areas. Many rabbits and deer.

After a wrong turn and some backtracking I made it to Milford, PA at the north end of the Delaware Water Gap. I am having trouble locating secondary county and state roads. They are not well marked. Locals only know these roads by their local name. But that gives me a chance to stop and talk. Yesterday I learned how to pronounce the place name, Equinunk. A fellow made me repeat it 6 times until I had it right.

Besides good roads and scenery, I've been lucky to find three great Diners: Cup & Saucer, Wilmington, Eveready, Hyde Park, and Milford Diner, Milford. These three places are reason enough to travel.

I rode too long yesterday and may have pushed the bike too hard. It's making a new worrisome sound this morning. Onward, with ears open.

I have not figured out how to add photos on the iPad to this journal. I'll keep trying.

Thanks to everyone sending well wishes via email. I appreciate your support.

The Coulee continues.

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