Thanks again to Tom, Leah and Hunter for your hospitality and generosity 🙂 After breakfast, we were sent off with sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, and even an aromatherapy roller for relaxing muscle spasms, which we are excited to try!
We woke to a cool, breezy day in Penfield and were treated to a different kind of ride: in a buggy behind Hauk, a Norwegian Fjord pony. Jessica is a great driver!
It was sad to leave the cottage this morning, but we comforted ourselves by planning to return on our drive back East once we’re finished with biking, if we have the time.
We rode a tailwind up to Seneca Falls and had lunch under a pavilion which was conveniently located across the street from a small market. Leftover steak and and some mixed veggies made for a great lunch and had us energized for the afternoon.
A few days into our trip, I asked Chris, when I get homesick out here on the road, where am I homesick for? Somerville, Bozeman, Ithaca? My mom made a good point one time that it’s not where, but who. It’s the family and the friends that we miss so much.
Today, we got to not only rest our weary bodies, but also to get some awesome time with my extended family.
After listening to kids partying down the street until the wee hours of morning, we woke early and packed up camp in between rain showers. It was too convenient not to get breakfast at the store we slept behind, so we supplemented some leftover pasta salad with bananas, donuts and coffee. It was our earliest morning yet and we were feeling ambitious since comfortable beds and a rest day were only ~120 miles ahead of us, at the Hogue cottage on Lake Cayuga.
It was exciting to be out of the mountains and have gotten an early start, because we covered 44 miles before noon; our best morning yet. We enjoyed a quiet back country road to Osceola, NY where the majority of the noise came from birds chirping as we passed by.