Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bon Ton Roulet, Day 2 - Cortland to Seneca Falls

Day 2 from Cortland north passing Owasco Lake, and west toward Cayuga Lake ending in Seneca Falls. Total distance 54 miles. 1919 feet of climbing with a short 12% segment near the start. Nice steep downhill with speeds in the 30's. The start from SUNY Cortland was a 6 mile gradual climb.Laurel got challenged with a 12% grade climb today. She enjoyed the 35 MPH downhill. View from the top with a glimse of Owasco Lake in the background. The Fillmore Glen rest stop located in Moravia. The thirteenth president Millard Fillmore was born in a log cabin in the hills above this park. The amber waves of grain. I just had to do a bike lift in the corn fields. Laurel followed me into the fields. Our cleats got filled with mud and it took us about 15 miuntes to dig out the mud. The second half of the ride was mostly manageable long rolling hills. Then a sudden thunderstorm about five miles from Seneca Falls soaked us within a few minutes. I think the worse feeling was the squishing of your socks every time you pedaled, at least our cleats got clean. Tent City at Mynderse Academy School drying out after the downpour. Wow! We made the local paper. End of Day 2. 55 miles in 5 hours and still smiling! Seneca Falls is famous for the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.

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