Day 3 was a 48 mile circle out into the countryside and back to Keuka College. It was nice being able to leave the tent up and not having to pack up before leaving. Normally, we take down the tent and pack up our belongings that are then transported by baggage truck to the next camping site. Normally, bags are unloaded by the time we arrive, we find our bags and put up our tent before showering and relaxing. Because this was an out-and-back, we got some extra relaxation time!
The ride today circled Keuka Lake, going through the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, and Hammondsport. The ride was another hilly one. The coolest thing that I saw was a bald eagle being chased and harassed by two crows. Steve (aka Oscar) was ahead of me and missed seeing the birds. There were lots of lake houses along the lake, many of them were lake mansions–huge, huge, huge! The houses have names, similar to beach houses. The funniest name was “Ultimatum.”
While at the one rest stop of the day, we noticed that a storm was quickly moving in. We decided to wait out the thunder-storm with about thirty other riders in the rest stop pavilion. We enjoyed talking with a couple from the area who commented that it starts snowing at the end of September and doesn’t melt until May. (Horrible!) We met Tom Jamison from Chattanooga, TN, and a friend of his. Tom gave Steve good information about riding the Blue Ridge Parkway. I talked with Gretchen, an elementary media specialist from a nearby town in New York. I enjoyed hearing about Gretchen’s son who had through-hiked the Appalachian Trail.
We stopped at Lime Berry winery and enjoyed learning about the grapes grown by this small vineyard. They have some varieties newly developed by Cornell. The owner joked that the bank owns the land, Cornell owns the vines, but he owns (and sells) the product.