Day 11 – meandering miles in the Adirondack Mountains
The weather was perfect when we pulled out of Burlington, VT. Today we were traveling over to New York on the ferry. The biggest question of the day was which ferry to take. Our choices were Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY, Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY or Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY. Our friend Neal suggested at dinner last night that we go north I-89 to Exit 17 and take the ferry from Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY. The charge was $6 per bike which I thought was pretty expensive for a 14 minute ride … but it was beautiful.
More on the GoPro at a later date …
After the ferry docked we were ready to roll. It was a beautiful day and we planned to meander all over the Adirondacks. We stopped for lunch at the Blue Moon in Saranac, NY, which happens to be the best little neighborhood restaurant in the Adirondacks.
Saranac seems to be a very desirable place to visit. I thought it would be a great location for a summer vacation home. We checked out the real estate page in the paper and before leaving the area … I was ready to buy … but not today.
After our delicious meal and delightful visit with the owner of the Blue Moon, we puttered down the road to Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic. You might remember the US hockey team defeated the unbeatable Soviet team in the XIII Olympic Winter Games. It was the miracle of 1980.
We stopped in at a little café/bar located at the Best Western hotel where we were staying the night. It was across the street from the Olympic Center. There we met a couple of bikers from Canada. They were pretty funny guys. One of them said he got a hall pass from his wife to go to Laconia for bike week because she and his 7 year old daughter were going to the Taylor Swift concert. He went on to say that he paid his dues when he went to the Justin Beiber concert and had to wear a Beiber t-shirt and baseball cap. He even showed me a photo which brought tears to my eyes. Imagine a biker in a t-shirt that says, “Beiber Fever.” It was a hoot, to say the least!
The Canadians had been traveling for 5 days and were on their way back home. We learned from them that gas in Canada is over $7 a gallon. Needless to say, these guys were planning to fill up at the border.