Day 5 was considered a lay-over day, if we wanted it–meaning that riding was optional. The long ride was 100-miles; the regular route was 48. I’ve done one 100-mile ride (century) in my life and swore never to do another. So far, so good, on that promise! We rode 52 miles to Sampson State Park, a re-purposed WWII training base and also went through the nice little town of Waterloo, then back to Geneva. Waterloo bills itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day. (A nice bit of trivia!) We stopped at one winery, but it was early and they were closed.
Throughout our rides, we noticed lots of Italianate architecture. Some of the houses were three-stories, many had wood siding, but all had the typical square shape and ornate woodwork around the eaves. Most appeared old, but well maintained, like this one.
The red barns were also a frequent sight at the many farms. The snow and cold means that winter storage is a must. They are beautiful and like most houses and farms in this area, well maintained.
The cutest, most fun thing we did today was stop at a first grader’s lemonade stand. Why in the world I didn’t take a picture, I have no idea! She and her grandmother had made chocolate chip cookies. Pink lemonade was 25 cents a cup and cookies were 25 cents each. She was saving for an American Girl doll. She vigorously waved when people went by, which she commented was a good idea because that was what made us stop. She was right!