Day 51: Through Lake Placid

44.55 miles

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area

Despite the clear forecast, we had a little rain last night. When we’re camping, a little rain can be a real hassle. Since we usually move each day, we can’t just wait for our tent to dry as the day warms up, we need to hit the road. That means sponging off the tent as well as we can and sometimes packing it while it’s still damp. At least we still had a few fresh eggs to fry up for breakfast. Add a little oatmeal and you’ve got a decent breakfast.

Road to Lake Placid

Road to Lake Placid

We had more nice scenery this morning. Whiteface Mountain is home to a ski area and it rose above us as we biked towards the town of Lake Placid. Today’s forecast was for scattered rain and it wasn’t long before we pulled on our rain jackets. It was also a cool day and we both were riding in long sleeve shirts. In Lake Placid we stopped for lunch at the first pizza place we passed and it was actually pretty good. The canoli we split for dessert was yummy as well. I think we forgot to take a picture of it since we wolfed it down so quickly, but it was as wonderful to look at as it was to eat. The other nice thing about this lunch stop is that it rained a little while we were inside. Lucky us!

Fish Creek Pond Sunset

Fish Creek Pond Sunset

After lunch we rode through the rest of Lake Placid. It was pretty busy with tourists walking the main street. There were the usual assortment of souvenir shops, restaurants, art galleries and ice cream shops. I was so busy watching for cars and pedestrians that I never even caught a glimpse of the actual lake. Outside of town there were a lot of cars on the highway, but thankfully we’ve had nice wide shoulders the past two days. We had a little more rain threatening in the afternoon, but we lucked out and avoided a few small thunderstorms that moved through the area.

Us at Fish Creek Pond

Us at Fish Creek Pond

Today was another long day with a decent amount of climbing. We were both pretty tired when we finally reached the Fish Creek Pond Campground. Based on the Google search I had done, I thought it was a private campground that would have showers, laundry, and wifi. You know, all the essentials. But it was actually a state run campground. It did have showers, but they were almost a mile and a half away on the other side of the large pond. That’s right, we had to ride almost three miles, just for a shower. On the plus side, every campsite in this campground is on the water’s edge. They’re packed in fairly tightly, but it was nice to be right on the water.

The pond is nice and quiet, especially after the water skiers called it a night.  We were eating dinner around sunset and we sat and watched the sky darken as we ate. Watching the pretty sunset helped us forget our tired muscles from today’s long ride.

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