Day 2, we rode 63 miles from Watkins Glen to Keuka College, near the village of Penn Yan. The riding was great, though there were lots of hills. The farms were beautiful. Many of the farms are Amish or Mennonite, with little girls in long dresses and bonnets and boys in pants with suspenders in the yards. Monday is very obviously wash day because laundry was hung out to dry, darks on one side of the clothes line, whites on the other.
The Finger Lakes Region is known for their vineyards and wineries due to perfect climate and soil for growing grapes. Many, many of the farms have been converted to vineyards. The Bon Ton Roulet staff help to show off the region by providing a pick-up service for wine purchased by riders along the route. (Wine tasting makes a very nice rest stop!) At the end of the day, they send a truck around to pick up purchases, then hold the goodies for riders until the end of the ride!
The weather was perfect, almost like fall in the South! Sunny, low humidity, and mid-80’s. It makes riding way more enjoyable!
After dinner in the college dining hall, we walked down to the water’s edge. While there, we got to talk with other cyclists and saw a float plane take off.