|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 PMI 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.|