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Keuka Lake Re-Visited

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today I returned to Keuka Lake to do the WHOLE thing (last time I skipped from the tip of this "Y" shaped lake to the other tip) including the "V" in the middle of the "Y", which is known to have a KILLER hill guaranteed to be a "walk"...and it sure WAS!

Unfortunately as it was the last time, we had a rainy, cloud-filled day so Keuka did not exactly put it's best foot forward for us. I neglected to bring a camera, but with the grayness of the day it was probably just as well. There is a nice picture of Keuka Lake at the top of this web page: You'll see other pictures of our beatiful Finger Lakes as well. The rain stopped fairly soon after only about a 1/4 of our ride was completed. Soon my rain soaked t-shirt would become my SWEAT-soaked!

16 of us from the bike club did the ride...3 had flat tires...! I watched one changing his to get a little more familiar with the steps involved.

I mapped our route in my Fitness Maps where you can see how our route traced the entire perimeter of the lake, looking like a skinny, squished letter "Y":

I was so pleased to travel down into the "V" of this "Y" this time around as the first half of the route took us right down near the waterfront where the *old* and *big* money was...BEAUTIFUL lakeside homes, docks and boats along the West Bluff Drive. Elsewhere around Keuka there were many "For Sale" signs. Nary a sign to be found around HERE! It felt like these folks had been here for many generations and would CONTINUE to be here for many generations.

An unexpected treat near the bottom of the "V" at the end of West Bluff Drive as the road began to climb steeply toward Skyline Drive, off the side of the road down a VERY steep embankment with a carefully groomed zig-zag path leading all the way down near the waterfront was what appeared to be an ancient stone church that was SO beautiful! Named "Garrett Chapel" I later researched it and found that while it wasn't "ancient" it had an interesting history which tells you a little more about the area. Here are a couple websites which have great pictures (better than anything *I* would have taken...!):

At the beginning of that KeukaMonga (a cute name I someone had for their home) climb I huffed and puffed and pumped those pedals for all I was worth...but when I turned the corner and saw I was like...HALF-WAY! And saw fellow bikers ahead of me walking...oof! Threw in the towel and walked 'er on up. The odd thing was, after getting to the top and starting out on my way up out of the "V" I found myself whizzing right along on a slope that wasn't obvious to the eye, but sure was obvious to my feet...which FLEW right along! I would have thought that the altitude would be RISING as I went up toward Penn Yan, but WOO HOO! Loved that long sweeping ride down!

After we all finished we got together at the Switzerland Inn, where we started and ended our circuit 'round the lake:
More pics courtesy of the Switz:

Enjoyed a nice lunch, shared some biking stories...great time had by all!

Between yesterday's 42 mile ride and today's 57 mile ride, close to a total of 100 miles. Certainly FELT it today, but it was a great weekend toward getting ready for my MS City to Shore Ride of 175 miles on Sept. 25-26!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 8/21/2010 6:17AM

    What a great summer tour! inner athlete? not with you anymore - it's outer athlete all the way!

Happy weekend ahead,

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LADYGWEN25 8/19/2010 10:00PM

    great job on the ride! i'm impressed at how much you did! definately an inspiration. emoticon

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DBH222 8/17/2010 8:40PM

  I can tell, you are having the time of your life. Great going. emoticon emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/17/2010 11:32AM

    I love Garrett Chapel. Took a bunch of photos there once when they opened it up for a class a friend was taking.

I think Keuka might be my favorite of the lakes. An interesting side note I read somewhere is that it was one of the last Finger Lakes settled by Europeans because everyone moving west went north or south of Canandaigua Lake and never bothered to look "behind" it.

Sounds like you've been doing some good riding!

Saturday I swam 1.2 miles on Cayuga Lake for a Hospice benefit, kayaked some, and tried single-track mountain biking. I was terrified I was going to fall over and hurt myself, thus taking myself out for the rest of the kayaking season.

Sunday afternoon took some Cornell students up to Watertown for some whitewater surfing on the Route 3 wave up there. It rained on the way up but cleared when we arrived and we had a great time playing in our boats and cooking out on the shore. Didn't get home until 1am!

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JUSTMEJUDY 8/16/2010 12:13PM

    emoticon You're an inspiration

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FIREWIFE9900 8/16/2010 12:03PM

    Awesome!!!Thanks for sharing!!! Very inspirational!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/16/2010 9:27AM

    I love the Finger Lakes and what a great way to see Keauka! You are a powerhorse when it comes to that bike! emoticon

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GIANNACIA 8/16/2010 8:21AM

    Great job Don, you are truly an inspiration.

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FRECKS96 8/16/2010 7:14AM

    That's awesome!! So glad you conquered the top part and enjoyed the sights. At this rate you'll surely be ready for the big ride!

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CARRIE1948 8/16/2010 7:08AM

    Good job.

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FERRETLOVER1 8/16/2010 6:57AM

    What a great ride!

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JBINAUSTIN 8/16/2010 2:26AM

    Keuka Lake is so beautiful! I just got back a few weeks ago from visiting a friend on East Bluff Drive. You can really work up a sweat biking up to the view on the bluff. Congratulations.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/15/2010 11:15PM

    Wow, Don, serious biking! Hope you learn how to fix those flats soon, and overall GOOD GOING!!

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JCORYCMA 8/15/2010 11:10PM

    Wow! Could you have ever imagined back in your "heavy days" doing anything like this? You've made an amazing change and thanks for sharing it with us and being such an inspiration!

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