Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Day One Hundred Forty, 090718 - Stevenson, CT

Day One Hundred Forty, Date Saturday, July 18, 2009
Time in Saddle: 6:24
Distance for the Day: 52.31 miles From Tomkins Cove, NY To Stevenson, NY
Accumulated Trip Distance: 6571.75 miles
Altitudes: Starting/Ending 504’/313’, Highest: 951’ Accumulated: 4091’
Speeds: Avg: 8.1 mph, Max: 41.1 mph
Weather: 69° mostly clear, warming to low 80s
Expenditures: $12

I got up at 5:30am with the light of dawn already fairly bright in the sky. The weather this morning was gloriously clear overhead with a high, thin stratus layer to the SE. I like it when it rains at night, and clears during the day. Well, better than raining during the day, at any rate. There was a small red-topped sparrow about 15-20’ away hopping around who didn’t seem to mind my presence; what with the deer, the fireflies, and the bird, I felt like I was in a Disney movie, or something. I tried to clean my tarp as much as possible by spitting my bottled water on it to rinse it off; I resolved to spend some time today drying out my stuff. By 6:30am I was ready to roll, and by 7am I found a mini-mart to get a bagel, choco milk and Gatorade ($5). I continued on through the forested, hilly roads of New York State, and stopped for lunch at 11:30 on Hwy 202 in the town of Silmers. By now, the sun was warm with a light wind, so I set out my tarp, tent fly and jacket to dry in the parking lot of a real estate business that was closed for the weekend. I ate the other half of my Subway sandwich and read my book, while waiting for my gear to dry, which it did pretty quickly. By 12:30pm, everything was dry, and I continued on north and east toward the city of Danbury. I spent about $7 on sodas in the afternoon. There were plenty more hills, but more pretty houses amidst the green forests and beautiful views, too. Hwy 202 was very pleasant, with a usually decent shoulder, which became narrow or degraded every now and then, for short periods, but for the most part, good. I made the state of Connecticut at 3pm, the city of Danbury at 3:30pm, and the town of Sandy Hook just before 6pm. In an area between towns, next to a wide spot/boat launching facility on the Housatonic River, I found an empty dirt parking lot with lots of trees around it (N41 22.856’ W73 10.515’). I picked a dark corner of the lot just inside the trees, read my book while waiting for dark, and hung my hammock at 9pm. There were *some* fireflies, and there may have been some poison ivy, too. I was very careful to avoid it as I climbed into bed, and got to sleep about 9:30pm

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