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Sandgate bike ~ Sep 19, 2013

Journal entry by Ken Gericke



Picture perfect weather for a bike ride, beautiful Washington County NY and Vermont scenery, and 16 Crooked canes/ezriders add up to an ideal day. We meet in Greenwich for the short caravan to the start at the canoe access site on the Battenkill River near the Vermont border. Getting ready for our day in the parking lot, last minute adjustments to brakes, tires and chains, I notice many new faces. For Thursday's ride we have Tom and friends Bob McMahon, Mike and Bob, Annie and her friend Pauline, and 2 additional new CCs John and Ray. Also attending are CC regulars Donna, Anita, Jim Ralston, Jim Israel, Eric, Peter, and Don.

With warming temps we begin our loop from NY into Vermont via remote, sometimes hard packed dirt back roads. The 1st half of this route is mostly a gradual uphill, a few steeper sections, enough to get the heart pumping....and the need to shed some outer jackets. With an elevation change of approximately 700' in the 1st 10 miles, we reach our height of land and prepare for a long, exhilarating downhill to Sandgate Vt, our lunch stop for the day.

Sandgate Vt is a picture postcard setting hidden in a secluded valley....a couple houses, an old church and schoolhouse....quaint doesn't quite cover it. Our lunch spot is actually in a very old cemetery on a hill overlooking the little village and surrounding mountains. We savor a very pleasant picnic in the sun, and a few caners explore the cemetery with many headstones dating to the late 1700s. Whole families, generation after generation peacefully interred side by side. There is a Captain Jones 1794...perhaps a Revolutionary War soldier, the Hurds, 20-30 members of one family, husbands, wives, infant children, grandparents, spanning over 200 years.

Time to head on, we reluctantly pack up and continue our ride, heading back towards NYS...a little side trip crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge, a short stretch passing an old colonial house, once the summer home of Norman Rockwell. Back again at the cars, a great day pedaling 18 spectacular miles, Thanks to all!

Ken

9/20/13 - Ken Gericke added 9 photos.

9/22/13 - Wanderer . added 12 photos.

20 photos



Tom's checking his mail! - added by Ken



A little autumn color beginning to show. - added by Ken



The 'Village' from our lunch perch. - added by Ken



Headstone of Captain Nathaniel Jones. - added by Ken



Private covered bridge filled with Crooked Canes. - added by Ken



Plenty of parking! - added by Ken



Jim I. on a new recumbent bike. - added by Ken



Crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge...Eric, Anita, Annie, Pauline, Don and Jim R. - added by Ken



We have arrived! - added by Wanderer



Along the way. - added by Wanderer



Hittin the dirt. - added by Wanderer



How'd you like having to cut this lawn? - added by Wanderer



Jim R, Tom, Eric - added by Wanderer



Don, Donna, John and Ray - added by Wanderer



Pauline, Anita, Don, Donna, John and Ray - added by Wanderer



The Motley Crew - Tom, Bob, Mike and Bob (help me out here - my memory is gone) - added by Wanderer



Lunch Stop - added by Wanderer



Some of the Older Gravestones - added by Wanderer



Another View - added by Wanderer



Battenkill - added by Wanderer



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