Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Big Spring Ride: Part Five: Windiest Day Ever

Everyone had a very windy day on day 7 of the 2014 Cannonball in Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas heading into Ulysses, Kansas, but not as gusty as today. We got pushed around a lot. Not a great first day of riding for Kylie, but she did great. No complaints from her.

I had been concerned about packing ever since I was preparing for the trip.

But this morning, I shifted items, putting the good stuff in my big bag and placing it is the protected area under the seat.

I took my clothes and put most of them in my back pack and secured it in the space in front of the seat,

Kylie had all of her stuff in a back pack that she wore while riding.

We didn't look like the Beverly Hillbillies at all.

It took an hour to ride the 10 miles to get out of New York City, then headed north on the west bank of the Hudson River.

On the Manhattan Bridge we felt the heavy wind, a steady 25+ mph with significant gusts.

This wind followed us all day. It was quite cold too.

But we had fun on our 4+ hour ride to Hunter, NY in the Catskill Mountains.

I had detours on the route, the best one into Piermont where we had lunch at a little cafe/deli/grocery store.

Once in the Catskills, we looked for a place for dinner but almost nothing was open.

We settled on a beer at Ronni MacGregors Pub, then were told that a nice restaurant would be open five miles down the road so we headed there only to find out that they were closed for the week.

We ended up eating at a diner in Windham that served enormous portions. We each ate less than half of our decent dinner and were unexpectedly served cake as a dessert. Not bad.

Nothing else to do so we came back to the empty small hotel so I could post these notes.

I am so lucky that Kylie wanted to do this ride with me. It is simply wonderful.


Kylie at the start of the day. I was relieved that everything we brought could be carried on Max.

A brief stop on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River to take in the skyline.

A quick stop to check out a waterfall as we approached the hotel in Hunter, NY.

Kylie and the waterfall.

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