Day Six.

Crown Point to Ausable Chasm.

Another fifty plus mile day. Left Crown Point around 6:30am and rode to Port Henry in search of breakfast. The weather was foggy, wet, humid, cool. The morning was quiet and easy to enjoy, but the silence kept getting interrupted by cars. I am no car hater but I find my time so much more enjoyable without traffic.

Port Henry - Fog

Port Henry - Fog

Port Henry - Fog
Port Henry – Fog

From Port Henry I rode through Willsboro, Essex, and Keeseville. Each of these is more or less situated on Lake Champlain, depressed towns with little industry or business, but still picturesque, built up years ago when iron made the region rich.

 

Today is starting to feel like work — I’m tired and it’s still another 80 miles to Montréal. That means I need to figure out where and how far to go tomorrow. I wonder if it’s a particular skill of mine, turning fun into work.

Anyway, I am currently camped at Ausable Chasm. I just got back from hiking the chasm itself and it was pretty awesome, actually. They have kind of disney-fied this giant sandstone canyon and it’s pretty touristy. Part of me hates that. What right do people have to charge money in order that we might see the natural wonders of the world? It’s crass. They name each pool and rock something stupid and put a little signboard– “Did you see Table Rock? Did you visit the Eagle’s Nest?” But maybe the kids dig that stuff. They aren’t corrupted cynics like me. Yet.

Regardless, the place is amazing despite its commercialism. There’s something to be said for that – no matter how much they layer on the schmaltz, the magic still comes through.

Chasm, River, and Hydroelectric plant

Chasm, River, and Hydroelectric plant

 

Inside the Chasm

Inside the Chasm

Looking Down on the Chasm

Looking Down on the Chasm

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