USA Day 5.
Today has been about sweating and scenery.
It started with an immediate climb up Bread Loaf mountain and the following descent, both, as with every road we have cycled in Vermont included a river on one side and a sea of forest on the other. It is beautiful and a privilege, but you get used to it.
As we neared the Champlain river that borders NY State the scenery opened up and we left mountain forests behind and instead crawled up hill top after hill top. The rewards for these efforts were panoramic views of the Blue Mountain range on one side and rolling hill tops adorned with miles of Red Apple orchards on the other. Literally breathtaking.
In the afternoon we left Vermont crossing the river by a small chain ferry into New York state and immediately the scenery changed again.
We began meandering the undulations of lakeside cycling as we passed Eagle lake and Lake Paradox, crystal clear waters which mirror the forests that surround them.
Today was a stunning ride but we peddled hard for very hard for every view. You have to work for your scenery in Vermont. Hopefully in New York it comes a little easier.
We picked up a few eggs for dinner and began the process of looking for a spot to sleep. A few non-starters lead to a short negotiation with a nice christian family (their words not mine) who gave us cola and birthday cake whilst we pitched behind there house near the woods.
We sat with George (the husband) as we polished off our scrambled egg dinner. He was an ex-military man in the home guard before finding God and starting a family. Nice bloke.
He asked ‘are you guys packing?’.
We had just arrived. Surely he didn’t want us to leave already.
‘Packing a weapon?’
Now Pete had recently purchased a small scouts knife after we’d struggled with a particularly tough avocado. So i nodded at him to show the man.
‘Packing a pistol?’.
Right. No. No we are not. Not even close.
He was worried that we might come across strange people on the trip and like a state trooper walking up to an unknown car, it’s good to be prepared.
Already this evening we had sidestepped a conversation on religion, it was now time to stay clear on gun laws. If we had brought up American foreign policy we might of had the taboo subject hat trick within minutes of meeting this man.
I wanted to tell him that i thought without a gun we were more safe. That someone who takes a gun to a gun-fight is probably more likely to get shot.
He was a nice guy and very kind to us. But it frustrates me that people so committed to believing and worshipping a great God to protect them and their families completely and unequivocally still need to carry a gun just in case God’s takes his eye off the ball.…