2015-06-06 - NY - Day 10 - Old Forge to Selkirk
We left the Old Forge Campground Resort as a group but split up at the start of the hills. We all stopped at the first turn off onto Moose River Road for photos and to see the Moose River. From there I cycled off following Mike and Bridget, and caught with them soon after. We separated a bit before the first rest stop at Booneville's Great American Supermarket, which has a mannequin guarding the male bathroom. Along the way Mike and I averaged around seventeen miles per hour. I also saw horses and alpacas.
Lucas wanted to join Mike and me after the first rest stop. He left really late this morning but caught up to us there. Several other cyclists left with us including Bridget, but soon we became a group of three. Lucas is a beast who loves hills. Primarily a mountain biker, he raced up them leaving Mike and me in the dust. We cycled at a very fast pace and took turns pulling. Again we averaged almost seventeen miles per hour, but there were more hills on this second leg. I can't remember the last time I biked this hard and fast. There was no time for photos except this one I just had to stop for. We also saw a chicken cross the road.
After a relaxing rest at Osceola, I set out with Mike and Lucas again but decided to drop back. They would not have to ride again tomorrow, but I will. Riding more slowly gave me a lot more time to take photos of the beautiful lakes we were passing. I reached the third rest stop at Orwell just as the van pulled in, perfect timing! This time I saw a turtle cross the road and people putting bikes right under a "No loitering, no bicycles" sign.
I rode with Mike most of the way to Pulaski, the closest large town to our campsite at Selkirk State Park. We passed by this awesome horse carriage along the way. I stopped to buy essentials from Rite Aid and sat at Dunkin Donuts for 2.5 hours relaxing and updating my website.
It was another 5 or 6 miles to bike to the campsite and that was glorious. The route leaders got free smores for everyone and the campsite donated bacon to us. We had an amazing view of Lake Ontario and that site would be hard to beat but Emily told us tomorrow would be even better!