Day 6 (August 3, 2011), I left Watertown, NY early as it was supposed to rain, and I wanted to escape before it did. I rode east into the foothills towards Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. It was a very scenic ride with great flowing roads. I was lucky as most of them were empty too.
The birds in Tupper Lake, NY were cooperating nicely for this photo.
Typical scene in the Adirondacks
A little mountain stream just east of Lake Placid, NY
Bikes waiting for the ferry. All HDs from Quebec.
Lake Champlain Ferry pulling into the dock on the Port Kent side.
Motorcycles loaded in front of the cars
The ride across the lake took an hour. Total time spent waiting including loading/unloading another hour. It cost $7 for a one-way. I would have used slightly less in gas and a bit less in time, but it was a novel way to take a break. I enjoyed it.
Some other bikes on the ferry that weren’t HDs
Arriving in Burlington, VT
I stopped in Montpelier, VT which is their state capital. Their state building looks nice with the gold roof.
I decided to continue on and made it to St. Johnsbury before I decided to call it a day. I was lucky and avoided getting wet.
I found a small local motel. They claimed to have wi-fi, so I stopped. After I checked in, they automatically gave me some rags to wash my bike. They said they always gave them to motorcyclists, so their good towels wouldn’t get ruined. I’m not one to clean my bike regularly on a long ride, but I had some time and the supplies. I gave it a quick scrub. The bike will probably go faster now that I removed a few pounds of bugs.
Their wi-fi didn’t work that great at all. They only had one access point in the office, and it was a long strung out complex. My room didn’t have any reception, but they said I could sit in the office with them – not very convenient. I opted to use the 3G on my phone again. It’s painfully slow, but it works.
Video below. I apologize for the rough editing on this one. My netbook only has enough power to watch HD using certain software, but can’t actually view the footage in the editor. I end up guessing on points to cut.
YouTube Video: BigTrip2011 – Day6