Day 58: Adventure Week 2014 Closing Ceremonies

215 miles by car

It finally stopped raining sometime late last night. We woke to clearing skies, and broke camp. Amy and Tim had a long drive to get back to Columbus, so we planned to get up early to pack up and then find breakfast on the road. Our campsite for the last three days was mostly dirt and drained poorly in all the rain, so our tent was a wreck when we broke it down. We wiped it off as best as we could and carefully folded it into the bag, planning to get it out tonight at the hotel and really give it a wash in the tub.

In the town of Keene, NY, we stopped at the ADK Cafe for a hot breakfast. Pancakes, omelets, french toast, cheddar-chive biscuits. We filled up on delicious breakfast and then piled in to the car again for the trip out of the Adirondacks. About four hours later, we arrived in Syracuse. On the way, Alan and I reviewed maps and searched for lodging. The Comfort Inn seemed like a good location to restart our bike travels from, with about 18 miles to ride to reconnect with the Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier Route. The hotel is located just off the NYS Thruway and was easy for Amy and Tim to get off and back on to the highway. We pulled in, and quickly emptied the car of all our gear and then sadly sent Amy and Tim on their way.

The hotel has free laundry, so everything wearable came out of our bags to get washed. Then the tent. Boy, was it filthy. Alan washed the ground cloth, rain fly and tent our bathroom tub. We set everything up outside on the grass briefly, but it started to rain again, so we pulled it all down quickly. Only the fly was still wet, so we set it up on the spare bed in our room to air out overnight. Then we ordered a pizza, curated some photos and called it a night.

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