Day Two.

Ashokan to Max V. Shaul.

Woke up feeling good. A bit damp from the dew but that’s to be expected. Broke down the tent, packed up, and was on my way.

A short ride into Phoenicia where I ate an orange on a bridge over a small creek. The morning was sunny and cool. I stopped for coffee at the local trading post and got moving.

A few short breaks and some nice scenery brought me into Prattsville, where I grabbed some groceries from Jim’s Great American. I hiked up the mountain to Pratt Rock, a scenic overlook often favored by Zaddock Pratt himself. This might not look it, but it’s a long way down.

The view from Pratt Rock.

 

 

Took county road 7 through Gilboa, where I switched to Highway 30 and the looming rain finally caught up with me. I ducked into a Picnic area and found some shelter, and in the time it’s taken me to write this the rain seems to have let up.

GilboaGilboa Bridge

Shelter.

 

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Made it to Max. V. Shaul State Park around 4pm which put me right at 54 miles for today. It started to rain again when I was setting up my tent but I managed to get it up and inside before I got seriously wet.

The ground that I’m camping on is very stony however, and I managed to smash the tip of my finger with the rock that I was using as a hammer. Good thing I packed the band-aids.

On the road to the campground right around Breakabeen, I was riding past a great many corn fields when a wonderful smell began to fill the air. As it grew stronger  I thought it was lavender, however it turned out to be a huge field of sunflowers. I wish the pictures could convey the smell.

Sunflower field

I had initally intended on not using GPS but it’s been such a huge help in finding cool bike routes that I’ll be needing to keep my phone charged for awhile. I’m not sure how that will work in Canada, though.

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