Nona found them! The pictures of Papa’s long distance bike rides. So, we had a rain day, and Papa said, “Hey, Solbit, let me show you some pictures of my bike ride with Dale from Erie, Pennsylvania to Bar Harbor, Maine.
He has so many photos that I wonder how they had time to ride bikes. Here’s a selection:
Papa looks pretty happy to have made it from Erie, Pennsylvania all the way to New York — the state, not the city.
Papa said their bike trip took 14 days, and they had rainy days the first seven. That’s Dale holding up two fingers to show it’s day two of the ride.
Papa saw this monument to “steel monkeys” in New York. “Steel monkeys” is slang for guys who build steel skyscrapers.
After so many commuter miles in all weather and then this long ride, Papa had to replace this ripped worn tire.
Dale and Papa enjoyed the Erie Canal Trail with no motor vehicles and no big hills either.
You get to meet people along the way, because biking is slow. Dale stopped for some local Kool Aid. Papa said that’s a flavored sugar drink that I can’t have. At 50 cents a glass, I couldn’t afford it anyway.
Evidence that Dale and Papa made it to the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York is this photo of Fort Ticonderoga.
Pancakes got them to stop at Eaton’s Sugarhouse in South Royalton, Vermont. “Did you have syrup, Papa?” I asked. “So, who has pancakes without syrup?” he asked.
“You really want to stay away from Moose, Solbit. They are big and dangerous,” Papa instructed me. “So, what’s a moose?” I asked. Have you ever seen a moose, Nicolai?
Ta-Da! They made it all the way to the state of Maine on two bikes, and they carried all their things on their bikes in something called panniers. I think those are just bags with a fancy name. Dale must have been falling over tired when he took this photo of Papa.
First stop on arriving at their Bar Harbor destination was the bicycle shop to have their bikes shipped home. They weren’t going to ride all the way back.
Well, that’s a lot of photos, but you get the idea what a long bike ride is. Next time, when there’s a rainy day, we’ll look at more bike trip photos — a different trip. So, I’ll sign off now with “To Be Continued.” Bye.
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