Day 30: Last Night in Connecticut

18 miles

Caroline ponders the morning.

Caroline ponders the morning.

Not much to report today. We did have a sunny and DRY morning for a change, which was lovely. It wasn’t muggy at all! Today we had two options as to how far we wanted to travel. We could ride a short distance of under 20 miles to one campground, or ride over 30 miles to the next possible campground. Last night we had decided to play it by ear and see how our legs felt on the road today.

Up and at 'em!

Up and at ’em!

Shortly after we left the campground and hit the road, I noticed a guy running along the road ahead of us. We started to climb up a long gradual hill and he slowly got farther away. Yes, a guy running uphill is faster than we are. That was a little dispiriting. And then he turned off before we could pass him on the next downhill. Dang it!

Empty building in a mill town.

Empty building in a mill town.

We passed through a few interesting towns today. First was Quinebaug, Connecticut. It had some historic looking homes leading into “town”, which was really just a crossroads. Next was North Grosvenordale, which appeared to be a mill town. Finally was the town of Thompson, CT. It had numerous historic looking buildings and was quite scenic. Unfortunately it had no restaurants or grocery stores, not even a convenience store. I suspect the larger town of Putnam to the south, with its Super Wal-Mart, is where everyone who lives around here does their shopping. We did pick up a few food items at a convenience store in Quinebaug, but it was very slim pickings.

Sewing a button

Sewing a button

Thompson was the decision point between our long and short ride options. I was feeling particularly sluggish so we opted for the short option and turned toward the West Thompson Lake Campground. In camp we set up the tent and I promptly laid down for a nap. After showers we watched an episode of Community on my laptop and made dinner. Then an episode of Orphan Black before bed. All in all, a nice easy-going day. Tomorrow we should ride through the northwest corner of Rhode Island and camp in Massachusets. My first time in both of those states!

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