I knew today would be a short day. Not because I was tired, but because of the weather. It was raining hard when I woke up. I waited it out and ended up on the road at about 10:30 this morning. The rain held off as I road through Albany. The route into downtown Albany followed a bike route that was mostly a multi-use trail. The other people on bicycles waived; the joggers just stared.

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An old house in Waterford, NY, on the way to the trail.

As I road through Watervliet, my tent poles shook loose and fell from my top rack. I didn’t notice for several blocks. While I rode back to find them, I was worried that someone had picked them up or a car ran over them. Fortunately, neither happened. They were in the middle of the road, so all the drivers must have driven around them.

I took a short detour in downtown to ride by the state capital. It is quite a building. It looks more like something you would see on a college campus rather than a capital building. There were several dozen portable outhouses lined up in a park across the street and along the east lawn. I’m guessing it is some sort of statement about our state government.

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East side of the New York State Capital.
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West side of the Capital. A statue of George Washington face the Capital.

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Some good advice painted on the bridge across the Hudson.

Just south of Albany, the rain started up again. It was pretty heavy for a while. I found a gas station to wait it out, but by the time I got there the worst was over and I was pretty soaked. I decided to eat a big, late lunch at the station and grabbed a pre-packaged sandwich. I’m glad I did, because the rain started up again and I didn’t have a chance to cook anything for dinner.

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A house in Castleton-on-Hudson.

The campground I was aiming for was only a couple of miles away from the gas station, but by the time I got there and registered, the rain had begun again. The floor of my tent got a little wet while I set it up. It wasn’t too bad and I was able to mostly dry it with my towel. Unfortunately, that means I don’t have a towel to dry myself off with if I take a shower.

I made some more gorp. I haven’t had any since the first week. In the past few days, I have been missing having something to munch on while I ride. Because of the rain, I made it in my tent. I’m going to be eaten by a bear tonight because of the gorp in my tent. Actually, I don’t think this campsite has issues with bears. Usually, if they do, there are signs warning about how to store food and dispose of trash. I do not see anything here.

2 thoughts on “Soaked to the Bone (June 5)

  1. Brad, you are funny. You say funny things. I’m glad you didn’t get eaten by a bear. Are you sure that a bear would go for you instead of the gorp! 🙂 I also chuckled about the reference to the out houses. Is your state government in that much disfavor? I really like the old house in Waterford. . . . all the houses in fact. And the NY state house is definitely quite different than what we expect in the Midwest. Note: I guess the NE state house is also unusual. Tomorrow history will likely be made when all but officially we have a woman nominee for president.

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  2. I am thanking God that there are such polite drivers to not run over your tent poles! What a miracle!

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