Day 2: Connecticut & New York

tumblr_nwwld0cpoi1uj13z1o1_1280Another beautiful day, although I’ve heard threats of rain tomorrow. Took a turn away from the planned route after Windsor Locks (check out that Connecticut River, by the way- I’d row all over that) because there were too freaking many hills- not just inconvenient, but seriously slow.
tumblr_nwwld0cpoi1uj13z1o2_1280While I appreciate the Adventure Cycling Association’s efforts to find a beautiful route, they might also wish to consider the practicality of carrying a lot of extra weight up those hills… US Route 44 was a much nicer choice- not too bad traffic-wise, usually a pretty wide shoulder to ride on, and although the hills were there, they tended to be longer and more gradual-many fewer 8,9,10,11% inclines that I’d been seeing all morning.

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At lunch I stopped at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted- very unusual to see a Romanesque dam in the middle of the woods, but sure, I can dig it. The rest of the day was fairly uneventful- just me realizing that (for now, at least) I might need to settle for 85 miles a day until things flatten out. (Also, I’m on the lookout for some less-hilly routes.)

I would like to mention that the solar panel is doing an AMAZING job! A big thank you to Voltaic Systems in Brooklyn, who were able to give me a pretty good deal on panels and chargers! I’ve been using it for a few weeks to charge my phone and other various small electronics- it works great and is very easy to use. If you’re interested, I would highly recommend them, and maybe they’ll give you a discount too if you mention me!

If you would like to help, now is the time I remind you to visit gofundme.com/renewableride, where you can make a donation that helps me AND helps the environment at the same time! Thank you!

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