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    Day 1.208 – When Privacy Rules Supreme…

    Schuylerville -> Field near Ticonderoga
    Distance (km) : 114
    Time on bike : 7h 13m
    Brutto time: 06.45 – 20.45
    Avg : 15.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 77.7!
    Total (km) : 51.440
    Altitude: 50 m
    Difficulty: 4 of 5

    Morning camp in Schuylerville...

    A guy with a big flashlight (and a barking dog in the cop car) presented himself as “the sheriff” woke me up at 3AM in my tent last night.

    Sheriff: Why do you camp in the ballpark?
    Me: I didn’t find any hotel in town (as if…), I just wanted to get out of the rain (after 6 hrs of rainy cycling). I didn’t know this was a ball park, sir. I just want some sleep, that’s all…

    The sheriff checked my passport in his car, I waited while all the bugs ate me, cop got back, he was clearly impressed with the whole bike thing (Wow, you’ve been to China and all!) and basically told me it’s all right. Back to sleep…with 12 mossie bites.

    Everything’s wet this morning. Really wet. Tent, sleeping bag (down), mattress, cycling clothes. The rain’s stopped as I get up. Crotch is chaffing and bugging me.

    Tune of the Day: Time Bomb – Dave Matthews Band

    When it rains, my bike does weird things...

    Glens Falls, New York State.

    Hudson Falls, NY.

    In line with the old saying, after rain comes sunshine and so it is. It’s a beautiful day in upstate New York, through forests and along the wicked and touristy Lake George. Lots of hills and climbs. Scenery still feels like Canada. Love it!

    Near Glens Falls, New York State.

    In Bolton Landing on the shores of Lake George, I settle down for a few hours in front of the public library with all my wet camping gear spread out on the grass under the sun.

    “No camping here!”, an official park dude suddenly yells to me from his official car.
    “I’m not camping, just drying my stuff after the rain last night!” is my surprised reply.

    More than anything, it serves an important mental hygienic purpose to get all my gear dry again.
    It did feel like my “house” had been totally flooded, and that ain’t no pleasant feeling.

    Cool forest cycling along the former railroads...

    Lake George, the village and the lake.

    Bolton Landing, Lake George.

    Beautiful Lake George.

    Forest lake in upstate New York.

    Sunset cycling near Ticonderoga, NY.

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    Waterfall in Ticonderoga Park...

    I’m having problems finding a spot for the tent tonight. All land seems to be private property, and after last nights’ 3AM cop interruption I don’t really feel like putting up my tent on someone’s property, clandestine style.

    Evening sky over Ticonderoga...

    After a few try-and-fail attempts down quiet secondary roads, at last, I hang a left on a desolate dirt road and set up camp in a tractor track in the fields. The mossies are having yet another feast on me. But tonight it’s all worth it. The half-moon is smiling, and the 9PM temperature is a refreshing mere 20 degrees Celsius. Privacy rules supreme…

    On this day..

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    4 Responses to “Day 1.208 – When Privacy Rules Supreme…”

    1. Maarten Says:

      I just know that feeling………………….!
      Up and down roads, checking out all kins of spots, a few square metres enough to put a small tent, but at times so hard to find. But what a great relief when finaly one submerge from nowhere…………… Truely a blessing in disguise!

      Keep up the good work!
      Cheers,
      Ilse&Maarten&Lilou

    2. Nicolai Says:

      …and this is huge North America. If finding a camping spot here is hard, then in Holland, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, might be the real challenge for me later on…Take care!

    3. Maarten Says:

      don’t forget that we have bicycle paths al the way…………….. in NLO. Also through the (small) bits of nature we have! Bush camping in Holland will be easy peasy!
      Surely a few nights will be inside, of our house. Good luck on the adventures in Africa. Keep up the good work!
      Greetings
      Maarten&Ilse

    4. Nicolai Says:

      Sounds great, Maarten. Wild camping in Holland. Hehe. Have to try that one day. And I want to say hi to Lilou too…

      Nicolai

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