Oldcat and the Ironman (and women!) Competition
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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Since today is Sunday, we took time this morning for our Sunday morning devotional. Today’s verse was 1 Corinthians 13:8 which is "Love never fails—never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end." The lesson was especially good for today because we had been talking a few minutes before we sat down to look at the book how blessed we have been to have each other all these years and how love seems to deepen more with time if you are very, very lucky. Kelly S—you would have cried, so it is just as well you weren’t here! Looking at the previous lesson that is for July 27, we were tickled to see that we had done that one three different times on other Sundays as we traveled
Since we wanted to follow at least a few of oldcat’s recommendations as to our tour in this area, we hurried our “get ready” and were rolling out of camp at 8:05 heading up the road to the Adirondack General Store for breakfast. The temperature was only 66 as we left the campground and there was mist swirling through the trees as we traveled. Our drive this morning was beautiful—huge evergreens, many hardwoods, and meadows that looked as if they should have moose grazing in them along with tons of wildflowers. Although the trees are much bigger here than we are used to at home, the drive still reminded us of driving along the Blueridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia. Magnificent! Our drive took us through Pottersville, NY whose claim to fame apparently is the fact that the National Christmas Tree came from there in 1964!
It seems that we were enjoying the scenery and the drive so very much that we missed our turnoff to The Adirondack General Store
Leaving the scene of the crime, we continued driving East Shore Drive to the third and final stop on this scavenger hunt. This was an absolutely gorgeous drive even if the sky was overcast. We can’t even imagine what it must look like in the Fall. A few miles down the road, we stopped at Sand Point Beach where oldcat and his bride have spent time off and on for many years.
From Sand Point Beach we continued our trek northward. At one point we discussed driving into Canada to spend the night at a campground there just because we were close and to say we did it. After looking at maps we decided that if we went there we would probably want to stay two nights so that we could tour Montreal and since neither of us were necessarily pushing to do that, we decided that we would continue to Wilmington, NY and a campground we had already picked out…a drive that should have taken us about 45 minutes to get to. Well, you know the old saying about the best laid plans of mice and men…
Two and a half hours and numerous detours later—we were finally there…sort of. And therein lies a tale: Who knew (apparently thousands!) that the Lake Placid Ironman Competition was happening today on the road that we needed to travel?? Wow! According to a brochure, more than 2,500 athletes from 19 countries and 45 states participate not to mention all the support staff…and families…and friends that want to be there for their athlete…AND everyone else that just wants to see it happen
Getting to the campground office at 2:00 we thought that OUR battle was done. Not so fast, grasshopper—we paid for our site and then had to “circle the block” to get back on the other side of the highway where we were to go. Well, the block turned out to be a ten mile run on back roads to get where we were going…which was within sight distance of the campground office across the road! THEN (you new RVers, and you know who you are, should love the next part of this story…you old timers will sadly smile and say, “Been there, done that.”) when we finally pulled into our site for the night 45 minutes later (sigh) it wasn’t level (of course) but the power was good. The kicker was that the sewer dump was UPHILL in front of the water and electric hookups. I know this doesn’t make any sense to a non RVer, but trust me on this one; it is a pain to work around
Oh well, all’s well that ends well. We are safely dumped (gives you mind pictures doesn’t it!?), leveled up, hooked up, have had a wonderful supper of Linguini and white clam sauce (not as good as yours Ernie, but pretty good) and have settled in for the evening. From our site we were able to watch the last hour and a half of the bikers ride past and cheer them on. We were amazed that many of them at this point in the bike run (after swimming the 2.4 miles, already had ridden 100 miles and were 12 miles from the finish line ,and with 26.2 miles of running to come) still had enough energy to make funny comments and thank folks for cheering them on. I expect they will be more tired than we are this evening. We really have had a good day. The only rain we had today was just a very light passing sprinkle or two and we have seen some fantastic scenery…and eaten WAY too much! Thanks (we think!) oldcat!
We drove 117 miles today.