Friday, July 24, 2009
Danbury, CT to Lowell, MA
The morning brought much appreciated sun. Blue skies were greeting us as we went outside to check the bikes. We had parked them under the canopy at the front door, so they had dried very nicely.
Decided to tackle the headlight problem early in the day. We had stopped at an Autozone in town the previous day, so I had the bulb. It was the center headlight, perhaps the easiest one to change. So, in about 10 minutes, it was fixed. Piece of cake!
A bout of diarrhea during the night made for an interrupted night of good sleep. It may have been the Philly Cheesesteak Omlette I had for lunch the day before? It was tasty, but obviously unusual.
We decided to ride pretty much due east, staying off the Interstates. And we did, except for the Interstate skirting Hartford to keep moving. The ride was beautiful. Temperatures in the low 70s, blue skies with fluffy clouds. And some of the most beautiful old big houses I have ever seen. And rock walls. Stunning! With all the rain the area has encountered this season, everything was green, and it was so very pretty. I saw a barn built in 1775, still standing, and in pretty good shape. And hundreds of old houses, probably many of them built in the early to mid 1800s. There's nothing in my part of the world that compares to the age of these houses.
The going was slow. Small town after small town, with many stop lights along the way made the going very slow. It took about 4 hours to go about 100 miles across the state. Enjoyed it, but we could make no time.
Went into Rhode Island, into Pawtucket and drank a beer at the Broad Street Tap, a small neighborhood bar. It was pretty good!
Got on the bikes and headed north on I-495 to skirt Boston. The Interstate went pretty well except at every major road out of Boston, the traffic backed up for several miles.
Decided to get gas and find a room in Lowell, MA. Had dinner, walked, and finishing the day here at the Blog. A good day, but not many miles covered, just over 200.