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Highlights of the day:
*Biking across the Walkway Across the Hudson bridge – 1.2 miles long above the river, midway between New York City and Albany – a bit windy, loved seeing the 8-man/woman boats racing below.
*”Detour” with Susan G. and Marilyn B. to Hyde Park to visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt home and Presidential museum and library – we spent over 3 hours there.
*When we left Hyde Park the temperature had dropped at least 10 degrees and it was drizzling. We rejoined the route and stopped at about 20 miles in the hamlet of Salt Point for some French Onion Soup to warm us up.
*Can’t say the 4+ miles of uphill on CR57 were a highlight, but I pedaled them all, including a brief 15% grade!
*Even with the gray skies, the rolling hills and farms in Dutchess County New York were lovely.
*At mile 37, I was quite happy to pedal 7+ miles along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, with only a 3% grade over most of the distance.
*About a mile from the end of the trail, it started to rain, not too heavy, but definitely cold.
*We entered Connecticut about 3 miles from our hotel, still no sign indicating we were leaving New York, and no sign welcoming those going into the state?!
*Nice hot shower and delicious soup for dinner at the Inn at Iron Masters in Lakeville, comfy country-style inn.
Mileage: 49.76 miles, 3200 ft of ascent.