Day 24 – Rutland, VT to Lebanon, NH – 55 miles

I thought yesterday was a wet day.

My shoes were still wet leaving Rutland.  The climbing began immediately heading east.  Fog hovered over stretches of the Green Mountains as I climbed up and into the fog.  Rain began to fall through the foggy air after climbing about 1,000 feet.  By the time I reached the top of my climb (2,200 feet or so), near the town of Killington, the rain had picked up to a steady fall.  At least my climbing was largely out of the way for the day.

I stopped in at a gas station/deli to grab a bit of food and take a break from the rainfall.  Inside, I met 2 hikers who were hiking the Appalachian Trail.  We talked for a few minutes and I gained some insight on what I really believe will be my next method of adventure – hiking.

After seeing that the rain would be getting worse in about an hour, I hopped back on Rambow and continued on riding.  It didn’t take long before the rain started falling in sheets.  I had to slow down at certain points just to keep the rain from getting in my eyes.  My clothing was drenched and I was soaked to the bone, but with few other options I carried on mile after mile sopping wet.

It was at this point that I really started to embrace the situation.  Sure, it was wet. So what?  It’s all part of the adventure.  I had a host lined up for tonight so I knew that all of my stuff would be dried.  I would even get another shower to compliment my long shower outside today!  It’s all about enjoying the situation, so I did.

People gave priceless reactions to seeing a smiling cyclist biking through mountains in a rainstorm.  People’s heads turned in their cars, gawking at the sight of someone actually embracing the rain.  Did I really think it was fun?  Not really.  But, I will have the memory of today for the rest of my life.

I ate in Woodstock, VT and continued the rest of the way down the mountain into New Hampshire.  A new state already!  Vermont isn’t very far across, but it still makes it seem like progress is being made when moving into another state.

Hosts cannot be thanked enough for the hospitality they provide.  Another night inside tonight is invaluable.  I don’t even want to think about camping in the rain.

Hopefully the rain quits soon.  The last 155 miles have entailed some form of precipitation.

Day 23 – Ballston Spa, NY to Rutland, VT – 78 soggy miles

It rained all day.

I had wonderful hosts last night.  I’m definitely glad the night was spent inside and not in my tent otherwise I would’ve been wet.  It didn’t really matter though because today I biked through the rain all day long.

The first 8 miles or so were fine.  Only a fine mist in the air.  But, after that, every mile entailed some rate of precipitation ranging from light drizzle to heavy rain.

There really isn’t much to say other than the fact I was wet.  Had some good views of the Adirondack Mountains today, but my camera wouldn’t have lasted long before being soaked if I decided to take a picture so I left in inside one of my panniers all day long.

Finally out of New York and into Vermont!

Tomorrow I’ll be hitting some mountains including a pass :)  More rain forecasted though :(

Once again I’m lucky to have a host tonight.  It feels great to be out of the rain.

Day 22 – Amsterdam, NY to Ballston Spa, NY – 23 miles

Rain.

It was 2:00 pm before I finally left for the day. I used the time for some wonderful rest though :)

Stopped at a place called Cappie’s Drive-In for some afternoon food after a long climb out of Amsterdam. Inside, nobody really paid attention to me when they saw me roll in on my bike. It took a while – until I was almost done eating – for someone to jokingly ask about how the day was for a bike ride. I could have just said it wasn’t too good, but I added that I’ve biked from Minnesota.

Instantly all heads in the establishment turned to look at me and I could tell that I had the compete attention of the place. I gave a brief description of the ride and my ride last year. The people inside Cappie’s were flabbergasted. A few of them made the comment that they could never do something like what I’m doing and such.

I should’ve responded to them that they were wrong. With that attitude, absolutely you can’t do it. So much of touring is mental. Also, after all, by myself, I wouldn’t be able to do this trip either. It is God that gives me the strength.

Maybe those good folks will see this :)

I continued on through the light drizzle into the slight NE headwind. It was a rather worthless day. Not much cooperated today.

I was able to find some great hosts for tonight though!

Hopefully I’ll be able to go farther tomorrow.