Fall is upon us and the New England canvas will soon be changing into a display of vibrant tints of yellow, orange, crimson and flaming reds. Bold brush strokes of bright and luminous colors will emblazon the landscape to celebrate the end of summer with a spectacular victory lap. Although only in it's beginning phase, this year's painting of the deciduous forest foliage has set into motion and shows much promise of yet anoher masterpiece. Morning temperatures are dipping lower ever so slightly one day at a time, and bare legs and arms from earlier days now need warm-ups during the first few hours of the ride. My sleeveless vest, bought on the Blue Ridge Parkway as a souvenir has become part of my daily attire. But apart from the waning daylight, this is a terrific time of year to be out and about. Not too hot, but not too cold either.
Today's ride followed the road alongside lake Champlain, a natural border between New York state and Vermont. A wrong turn after the historic town of Ticonderoga took me on a treasure hunt through the foothills of the Adirondacks. The scenic route paid a visit to the quaint little hamlet of Ironville claiming to be the birthplace of the electrical age. All and all the expanded side trip was well worth the extra calories burned. As the evening, progressed the miles kept clicking away on my cyclometer, passing through Crown Point, Westport and picturesque Essex with stately Victorian homes converted into magnificent bed and breakfast places. Too expensive for my meager budget! The overlook from the road onto the ferry dock below with a stunning view of the lake, made for a picture perfect moment. A stop at the turtle island cafe in Willsboro turned out to be a fine dinning experience presented by award winning chef David Martin. If in Willsboro don't miss it! By the time I finished my meal it was pitch black, but now I had a lead on where to spent the night ... just another eight miles on a foggy and dark dirt road. After I told the innkeeper about my water mission he instantly lowered the room rate and upgraded me to a suite. So here we are, my last night on the road. Woa!