2015-06-07 - NY - Day 11 - Selkirk to Sodus Point
I woke up before 4 AM with dew and light rain having penetrated my tent. I had a protein headache again. Too many carbs (darn those free s'mores!) but not enough protein yesterday. It was 40 degrees and wet. Brian, Andy, Catherine ("BAC", collectively) and I left camp early at 6:30 AM to cycle 24 miles into Fulton, NY, for breakfast. Backstreet Books and Bistro was closed so we stopped at Cathy's Cafe instead. Andy is a sucker for the mom and pop stores. Cathy owns the place and her daughter Jodie (Jody?) served us. BAC all ordered coffee. Catherine and Andy ordered some food. I had a veggie omelet with Texas toast and hash browns. The toast and hash browns with ketchup were delicious.
The first rest stop was only a mile away at Walmart and we were the first to arrive. I couldn't believe how cheap it was. I loaded up on food. $1 for a 14.8 oz loaf of bread and less than $3 for a gallon of delicious chocolate milk I shared with everyone. BAC rode ahead and many others went off for breakfast.
I rode with Gayle and the Dubois couple, Rob and Fay, to the next rest stop. Rob and Fay have been married for decades. They met in Hawaii, where they worked in adjacent stores, and now live in Sacramento. They started cycling with a week-long Vermont tour in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. At the start of that first tour, Fay was still reading the bike manual, and it seems that they have really come full circle, now cycling again through Vermont as some of the most prepared cyclists among us. Gayle too has had a long journey to get to this point; she has been wanting to do this for twenty-five years. Approaching rest stop two, we were chased by three dogs. I had my water bottle ready but none of them attacked. We met up with more than half of our group at the stop.
I had only rested a few minutes before BAC wanted to head out, but that was enough for me to win $5 from Andy on a wager that New York State has a law requiring food establishments to serve water to anyone that asks for it. We decided to stop at a market and winery. We met Brett, who works at the market, and Gloria, who works at the winery. They each have been there for less than a year. BAC got the $5 wine tasting of six different wines, while I spent time chatting with Brett. He works there on Sundays and is the baker of the Badass Power Cookie, a healthy vegan-friendly non-GMO 14-grams-of-protein cookie. He agreed to bring some free samples to the Sodur's Point Lightouse campsite we were staying at, as he lives not too far from there. Gloria grew up in the area and told us that the nearby apple tree grove used to be the largest supplier of Empire apples in the US.
We were the first to arrive at Sodur's Point, a little after 3 PM. It was absolutely gorgeous. We set up our tents to dry as other riders trickled in. Some jumped into the lake for a makeshift shower. At the gift shop I bought a pack of War of 1812 cards, an SBL (Sodur's Bay Lighthouse) sticker for the trailer, and a postcard for my best friend. Laura, who's in charge of media communications for the place, rang my stuff up. Joe, the director, was outside and very friendly. He shared the Wi-Fi password with me.
It was a nearly perfect day and everyone was enjoying the campgrounds. Libby and Neils played Frisbee, Andy searched for a breakfast place for the next morning, Phoebe looked beautiful in a dress, and I kept adding insect bites to the collection on my body. Good times. Brett never came with the cookies and I would find out why the next morning.