A bike trip of 1,000 miles begins with a single pedal. After a marvelous evening and morning send-off from friends and family at Elm Street, I hit the road in the rain the this morning, tears blending with rain drops, heart feeling joyful and ready.
My first stop was Ludlowville falls - all the waterways were plump and rushing. I rode up Salmon Creek Rd - I have to recommend this ride to everybody near Ithaca. Really stellar creek bed route, which today smelled like pine duff and wet fallen walnut leaves. Saw a heron in the stream and some hawks playing in the wind.
Rain stopped after an hour, turning to mist, and even giving way to sunshine at points. Lots of windy farmland, until I reached the north point of Owasco Lake (near Auburn). Went to my sister's from there, and got to hang out for a long time. I made it ~55 miles in 6 or 7 hours on the road. So very doable - I can do this! I felt absolutely great moving about under my own power so efficiently (especially before the bike seat started to hurt!)
I of course spent a good deal of time thinking of all the things I would write here, but now it's time for sleeping! Kelly and Frank made me a delicious dinner :-) including tomatoes, squash, and onions from their garden.