We started a little late this morning because we spent some time reevaluating our travel route to the Pocono Mountains. One route we considered would take us there through the town of Jim Thorpe, PA and use canal towpath and rail-trails for much of the way. Sounds great, right? It would have been, I’m sure, but we had a hard time figuring out options for accommodations for the three days that it will take us to get to the Poconos. The east coast is experiencing a bit of a heat wave, so we’re planning shorter mileage-days to help us cope with the heat. We’ve elected to stay on the ACA route along the Delaware River up to the Delaware Water Gap and then head west over to East Stroudsburg and on up to the Poconos. This gives us plenty of options for camping and hotels before we get to Susan and Peter’s house.
From Easton, we crossed the Delaware into New Jersey and rode up the Jersey side of the river for several miles up to the town of Belvidere. Halfway up a big hill, we stopped to rest and watched some hawks soaring over the Delaware. Two perched on a branch together and were screaming loudly. I wonder if they were juveniles or a mom and baby.
In Belvidere, we ate lunch at the Thisilldous Cafe. Get it? This’ill-do-us? Ha! Lunch at the counter was a welcome cool down from the hot temperatures outside. But we eventually pushed on, and crossed the river again back into Pennsylvania. The Driftstone campground was a welcome sight a few miles up the road and a real bargain for bike tourists. Despite the rates listed on their website for camping, they charged us only $9 per person for a campsite with water and electric. And even bike tourists can use electric…we have lots of things to keep charged. I’m already a big fan of private campgrounds with pools, campstores, and hot showers. We made camp quickly and hit the pool. We even participated in some pool activities where Alan beat me in the inner-tube race. He earned a free ice cream from the store, which we cashed in immediately.The campstore has a nice porch with Adirondack chairs, so we sat there after dinner to have more ice cream and work on our blog until dark.