Ted's Big Ride---Day Thirty-Eight

Val-d'Or, Quebec to Tupper Lake, NY
06-06-06 and what's gonna happen......Notta! 

Another beautiful riding day. This is about as good as it gets. It was a long day in the saddle, but I didn't feel that I missed any opportunities. It felt good to be back in the USA where I know I can get by with my Spanish, and I don't have to be concerned about money. Although I resisted stopping without any Canadian money, there were no problems passing off Greenbacks when necessary, just give up the 10% differential. Looks like the home stretch is in view. I wind down this adventure with some swelling regrets...this is a whole lot more fun than going to work every day. If only there was a way to have my darling Claudia accompany me!
Plan distance: 389 miles
Plan time at posted speed limit: 8 hours 21 minutes

Actual distance:  Today=393 miles    Total=8,721 miles

Average Miles/Gallon: 43.8
Average Price/Gallon: $ 3.259

9:37:40 AM and I'm off in beautiful weather. Finally,
the weather has warmed sufficiently to lighten up on the jacket.

Tshirt in gas station in Val-d'Or, Quebec
10:01:06 AM Beautiful lake number 9657.
11:47:32 AM It's time to leave the Rt. 117 and head south toward Ottawa on the 105 SUD

1:41:29 PM I saw 3-4 of these signs and this time I decided to take the diversion. Following a dirt road about 3 miles I did come upon the advertised covered bridge.

2:31:38 PM Just before reaching Ottawa, I spotted a H-D dealer in Gatineau, Quebec. I swung back off the freeway and picked up the very nice Tshirt shown at the left.

Front on the upper panel and the back on the lower panel.

Passing into/thru Ottawa brings me back into Ontario again.

3:30:31 PM

I took Rt 416 south out of Ottawa and crossed over into the Good 'Ol USofA at Ogdensburg, NY. There was a $2.00 toll bridge and they did NOT accept EZPass, was I miffed. Anyway, there was zero traffic at the border crossing. The officer chatted me up more to pass the time of day then to query my passage.

Finally, another US State crossing...it's been awhile.
3:56:18 PM I could not pass up the opportunity to visit Rensselaer Falls. I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1974.
4:09:22 PM Looks like a great place to swim in the river.
5:48:19 PM I must admit that this part of New York State seems so much greener and comforting than where I had been in Canada. There are many more varieties of trees which creates a wonderful depth of color to the views.
6:01:59 PM I finally reach the Adirondack Park!
6:07:12 PM I try out a roadside 'Papa Bear' sized Adirondack chair on the roadside.
7:06:42 PM I reach my goal for the night.