The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Day One

Today was the first day of our epic cycling adventure.  I’m glad it is over.  For only 60 miles it was a challenging day.

Check out the route here.

Jeff and Ed Watters joined a group that started at our hotel in Saratoga Springs.  They rode about 90 miles.  The rest of us shuttled to Lake George where we began for the day.

It was Speed Week, or the local equivalent in Lake George. There were hot rods and 60’s era muscle cars everywhere  (see the top picture where we are unloading bikes with a great Nova SS parked beside us).   This is not good for cyclists.  The first hour was spent hugging the shoulder and avoiding Corvettes and the RV’s that towed them.  It did not seem to bother the better riders, but some of us found it – shall we say, uncomfortable.  An initial wrong turn by the group put us along the parade route where people were lined up to watch the cars cruise by.  There were many interesting comments about our attire and lack of speed from the crowd.

After looping back and running the parade gauntlet again in the  opposite direction, we eventually ran out of traffic, climbed Tongue Mountain and had lunch by Lake George.  A few in the group took a  bump (rode in the van) to the ferry across Lake Champlain.

Vermont is truly gorgeous.  Arriving here means I have now been in every state east of the Mississippi.

We fought a strong head wind all day, which made today the toughest 60 mile ride I’ve been on.  With a late start, traffic in Lake George and the wind, most of us did not finish until 6:00 to 6:30.  That’s a full day.

After a good dinner at the Middlebury Inn, I’m looking forward to sleep and another challenge tomorrow.

It was a challenging day, but part of the reward is meeting the challenge.  So, while I’m glad the day is over, I am also glad to have completed its challenge.

I’m thankful for the health to be able to do it and friends to share it with.

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