Okay, okay, okay, I’ll admit it, I definitely needed a time out yesterday. I’ll also admit I’m struggling with this trip. I’m not ready to quit, but I feel like everything is a challenge for me. The heat, the humidity, the bugs, the endless meals of box mac-and-cheese and pasta with sauce. The hills, the exhaustion. As evidenced by my fall yesterday, I’m not handling it well. So what’s a girl to do? I really don’t want to go home in a mini-van, so I’ve got to get my shit together. I’m working on that.
We had breakfast at the motel this morning. They had milk and some stale cereal, so we raided our own cold cereal supply. I had a double shot of Lucky Charms to get me going. We took our time getting out of the room, waiting for the rain bands to continue moving northeastward so we left the Red Carpet Inn just before 11:00 am. It wasn’t raining, but it wasn’t dry either. I think this morning was a good example of what bicycling through a cloud is like. You feel the water, but don’t really see any drops of rain. You feel wet, but not really wet. We passed through the town of Union, CT, which has a cute little library, built in 1910. One thing is for sure in Connecticut, there is no shortage of well-maintained historical buildings in this state. From houses to town halls and libraries, there are a tremendous number of buildings on the historic register. I love seeing them taken care of so well.
We had a big descent and ascent at Bigelow Hollow State Park. Really big. Alan asked me why I didn’t get off my bike and walk some of it, as I’ve had to do on earlier big climbs. Its hard when you think to yourself, “I could walk this hill faster than I’m currently biking it.” I told him, “because I didn’t need to.” Hey, maybe, just maybe, I’m getting a bit stronger.
And then we arrived at Chamberlain Lake Campground for the night. We called the owner and he checked us in to a tent site on the lake. We showered and spent some time working on blog posts and before I made dinner, we did laundry. After having ice cream from the camp store we retired to the tent for an episode of Orphan Black. It’s been a long time since I’ve not just dropped into the tent exhausted after a day of riding, so it was nice to be able to stay up for some TV.
Alan says: I asked her why she didn’t walk her bike specifically to make the point she is a stronger biker now than when we started. I don’t want anyone thinking I asked her in a derogatory manner or anything. 🙂