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Beautiful Three County Loop!


Saturday, August 14, 2010

I joined my fellow bike club members for a gorgeous day of weather (low 80's, low humidity) pedaling through some as yet uncharted territory here in beautiful upstate New York. We totaled around 40 miles as we looped up into Chenango County via Smithville Flats past Long Pond State Forest and Park on into Willet, shaving the southern edge of Cortland County and headed back to Broome County where we had lunch at a local family diner and then rode back to Chenango Forks.

There were a few challenging hills...I'm forgetting what somebody's GPS said...I think total elevation climbed was around 2,000 feet...? But such unspoiled expanses of nature...! Breathtaking! Long Pond is an odd name as while it certainly was LONG, it was also BIG...hardly looked like a pond! Some lucky homes were scattered along the shore to enjoy the water throughout the year.

Nice to see new sights out on my bicycle! The world just seems *that* much closer and more real, as opposed to being boxed into a car and driving through.

Don
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HEARTOLOVE 8/16/2010 10:05PM

    Woo Hoo!! You ARE Reeeeallly Sparkin' Don!!
It's great that you can do 40 miles!!!
Something I don't think I'd be able to do.....
After all...I live in Florida and everything is slooooow down here!!
You are an inspiration...
If you can go do 40 miles in a day I spose I can jump on my eliptical for 20 to 40 minutes!!


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LADYGWEN25 8/15/2010 10:10AM

    Been to long pond.. and you're right Don.. it IS gorgeous! I'm with Julie.. what's the name of the restaurant?? i love mom and pop shops. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/15/2010 10:06AM

    I've never been to Long Pond. I so love the water and it sounds like a place I should visit. I don't think I'll attempt it on my bike though! Great job!

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JCORYCMA 8/14/2010 11:24PM

    Sounds like a great day! Nice of the weather to cooperate with you this week :)
Joanne

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FERRETLOVER1 8/14/2010 7:59PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 8/14/2010 7:23PM

    Sounds great! What/where was the diner? We love hole in the wall places!

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BEARDMUSIC 8/14/2010 7:17PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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ACIMPEGGY 8/14/2010 6:09PM

    What a great way to exercise, socialize and enjoy nature!

Lucky you! emoticon

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