Day 24: Val-Kill and Hills

49 miles


House at Val-Kill

We knew we had a lot of miles to cover today, so we didn’t waste time getting on the road.  A quick stop at the cafe nearby and we rolled across the Hudson River once more.  Not far north of Poughkeepsie is the town of Hyde Park, which is famous for being the hometown of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Along the road we saw a sign for Val-Kill, a historic site dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt.  We decided to stop in for a look around.  It was interesting to see this modest home and grounds where Eleanor Roosevelt spent much of her life.  In fact she lived there up until she passed away.  The grounds were scenic and peaceful.  If you find yourself in the area, definitely stop in.

Ok, back on the road and back to the hills.  I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’d rather bike up the long mountain climbs of the Rockies than deal with the steep hills in this part of the country.  One thing I’ve learned on these hills: my bike computer doesn’t register any speed below about 2.5 mph.  Yes, that’s how slow we pedal up some of these hills!

And the traffic!  I’m a broken record, I know, but biking across the country would be so much nicer without the hills or the traffic.  At least we haven’t had any significant headwinds to speak of.  I’m sure that will come in time.  At least today we finally crossed paths with a couple other bike tourists.  We briefly met a couple guys biking from Bar Harbor in Maine down to Philadelphia.  It’s good to know we’re not the only crazy people out here.



Thankfully after lunch we were able to ride on a rail trail for several miles.  We stopped along the way to look at a historic house and to check out an organic tomato greenhouse.  Sadly nobody was around so we couldn’t buy any tomatoes for dinner.  We remedied that when we stopped at a grocery store in Millerton, NY.  We finished our long day at the Rudd Pond campground where they thankfully had showers.  Tonight’s menu: veggie tacos with diced tomato and avocado.  Followed by chocolate pudding for dessert!

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