Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bon Ton Roulet, Day 1 - Auburn to Cortland

First breakfast at the Springside Inn. The official send off, in pouring rain, for the Bot Ton Roulet which means "Let the Good Times Roll".Day 1 route begins in Auburn, around the top of Owasco Lake, the east side of Skaneateles Lake, along Otisco Lake, to Little York, and ending at Cortland. A 49 mile journey. The elevation for day 1. 2,100 feet of climbing.
Over and down the first hill climb of the ride, another one up ahead, many more to come :) View of the Auburn Golf Couse. Waiting for the sun to shine. Can you say Skaneateles four times? (pronunciation: "skany-atlas," preferred, or "skinny-atlas" common) Skaneateles Lake means long lake in Iroquois. It is the highest of the Finger Lakes at altitude 863 feet and is 16 miles long.

Enjoying a Bumbleberry Pie-filled with apples, fresh assorted berries, and rhubarb. I need a shirt like that. All I hear is "On your left!" and those annoying bicycle bells. It's Sunday morning and most shops are closed-too bad. Roads stretch on endlessly, occasionally decorated with wild flowers. Miles and miles, hours and hours of farmland, mostly corn and wheat. Visited a Vicugna pacos farm aka Alpaca. These have just gotten a haircut. Stopped by Frog Pond Farm along Rt 281 in Little York. Carole Ferro is one of "The Ferro Family Artists". Enjoy some of the FERROART.

A late lunch at roadside Bob's Barbecue just before heading into Cortland. It took us 7hrs:30min including stops. Average speed 9.9 MPH.

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