Still in Connecticut (May 19)

I am really not a morning person. I had everything done last night, including showering. It still took two hours to get on the road, and I didn’t even have to break up camp. I am so slow to get around in the mornings. Hopefully, I can reduce that time.

My route today took me through downtown Hartford.

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A very large church in downtown Hartford.
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I think this is the state capital.

Hartford must be the insurance capital of the world. Every large building downtown had the name one insurance company or another on it. I was in the process of getting myself lost trying to find my way across the river when a bicycle commuter named David pulled up beside me.* He also tours and asked about my plans. When he was about to leave, he asked if I needed anything. I asked if he could tell me how to get across the river. He ended up guiding me across the river and to the highway I was going to take for the rest of the day. Thanks, David. Without you, I may still be in downtown Hartford.

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Cold Nights

It has been getting cold at night, down into the lower 40’s. It wakes me up and I have trouble sleeping after about 3:00 a.m. The sun started coming up this morning at around 5:30 and it warmed up a little. Once the temp was above about 50, I felt comfortable enough, so I stayed in bed a little late this morning. Still, I was on the road by about 9:00.

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Routines? (May 16)

I’ve got to figure out routines. So far, it has been all about the miles, or lack thereof. How much do I do at night to prepare for the next day? What is my morning routine? What about lunch? Dinner? Sightseeing? I think I had the right idea the first day. I just sort of lost control toward the end. The second day was out of control almost from the beginning. I also need to make sure I pack with routines in mind. It does not make sense to burry something that I might use for lunch or pack something the night before that I need in the morning.

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Half Day (May 15)

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Good morning.

Sunlight woke me up a little before six this morning. Surprisingly, I was not sore from the day before and thought I could put in another good day. After packing up, I was on the road a little after 7:00. A few miles down the road, I entered Connecticut without realizing it. I was on neighborhood streets, so there was no “Welcome to Connecticut” sign. It did not take long to realize that I was more tired than I thought. Along the “country roads” there are many large houses with huge yards. I considered asking at one if I could pitch my tent in the back yard for the night. That probably would not have worked so well.

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