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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by prometheus rising, Jul 8, 2010.
No Apologies necessary, here's wishing you and your wife a great trip up here in July
I just recently found East Shore Drive along Schroon Lake, it runs for app. 5 miles until it becomes a private road for residents only
This is a great stretch of Route 9N N from Keene to Amusable , app. 28 miles
It parallels the Ausable River and there are a lot of places where it runs right along the route, plenty of places to stop and wet yourself down on a hot day
The covered Bridge in Jay is just off 9, you can walk through but no driving
You can walk down and a bit upstream find the swimming holes
And this is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Ausable Chasms. If you have time pay the admission and go in for the tour.
I did take the tour years ago, however it was on a road trip to Montreal for a bachelor party which included a lot of alcohol and possibly some recreational drugs but from what i remember it was spectacular
If you don't have the time there's pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge and catch these views
Saturday was a washout, rain and gray sky pretty much all day, but Sunday showed promise.
And though it was extremely pleasant, the clouds and bright haze were not conducive to scenic photos which included the sky
So I amused myself by taking some shots minus the sky
After I took the above 2 shots for some reason I crossed the road as I was walking back to the bike and halfway there that familiar smell of something dead
wafted up my nose.
So I jumped the guardrail and poked around to find this
Which was a fairly large snapping turtle ( i'd estimate the length of the shell at about 18" ) neatly split in half , imagine putting your hands one above the head and one below it and ripping it perfectly in half
Below hidden under the eggs is the breast plate and a few bleached bones, the blue glow on the eggs was eerie. The 2 objects that look like rolled shingles on the top right are pieces of the shell that were flayed off as neatly as if a surgeons knife did it
Below is the shell, the head and tail were missing and I assume eaten by whatever did this, the white area on the right is where the shell was peeled back and deposited next to the eggs
Although the bones that were scattered looked bleached clean, the majority of the eggs were still intact as was the smell leading me to believe it was recently killed, what could have the strength do do it besides a bear escapes me, but do bears eat turtles?
Apparently not as I did a google search and it appears the only predators of adult snapping turtles are humans. so.....................
I left feeling just a bit creeped out
Many snapping turtle stories but this one is the most interesting. We were walking along a creek and came upon numerous areas with cluthes of cracked eggs. One of us picked up a somewhat intact egg and there was a baby snapping turtle the size of a quarter that appeared to be dead. The time of year was fall. We proceeded to walk down the creek bed with the little snapper in one of our pockets ( for warmth) and when we stopped to look at it in my hand it's one eyelid began to open. For such a tiny little creature he looked prehistoric. We ended up placing him in the creek just below our home. I'm sure he now resides in our pond. Can't bring myself to remove him so when we swim we hope he remains a good distance from us.
You're a hellava lot braver than I am, I have a pond too ... but you couldn't get me to swim in it for love or money as I've seen the assortment of snakes,snappers etc. that call it home
All the beauty of Lake George with none of the crowds. Wish I'd have understood that when I was a kid.
i just keep coming back to this thread. Keep'm coming, prometheus.
Hey UpST8, how's the riding in the west
You got that right, this really is a gorgeous ares
Thanks man, i'll do my best
It's been hot and humid for the last 5 days or so and when I checked the weather for Sunday it was for continued humidity,highs in the 90s and thunderstorms in the afternoon, not the ideal riding day per se, but I hadn't even touched the bike in two weeks and it's already the middle of freaking July so I planned on leaving early and getting back hopefully in time to beat the storms
It wasn't too bad temperature wise when I left but the humidity was in the air
Then I jumped on the slab and just rode until I decided where to head and ended up taking exit 34 where I cut through Ausable Forks and over to Route 3 towards Saranac
I stooped just outside of town to re hydrate over the river
Dumped some water in my helmet and down my jacket and I'm good to go.
Next stop was a rest area on 3 to water up again and wander around a bit.
Obviously there were some previous visitors who liked guns and didn't like being told what to do
And apparently they love the lottery
I can't ever recall stopping at any rest area anywhere without some kind of trash but it seems that the further North you go the worse it gets. This was just a small sampling of what was there but why take more pictures of shit like this, sometimes I fear for humanity
It was family day however and these guys lifted my mood
After that It was too hot to fool around so I rode straight through to home
These are a few from last year between Bloomingdales and Saranac Lake
Been away at work, haven't ridden in 5 months , but it will be good when I get back at it
Hello Prometheus Rising...
Such a superb and inspiring thread. I've lurked and observed and admired...not just your photography, but your sensibility. Using bike+lens as a "wonders of life vacuum" is really what it's all about. And you do that well.
I keep trying to explain my two wheel habit/fixation to my wife...even sharing my ride reports with her. She just doesn't seem to quite get it. Maybe I have I up my photo chops!
I ride mostly on the other side of Lake Champlain, throughout beautiful New England. Although after a family trip to Lake Placid the other winter, the sheer vastness of the Adirondacks finally clicked with me. Vermont is a potato chip by comparison (a lovely green chip, but a chip!). Thanks for creating such a lovely window on it.
If you're ever bored or curious, check out my riding blog, "Longitude&Gratitude" here: http://longitudeandgratitude.com/
It's mostly my ride reports from in and around CT, MA and VT...but I just got back from a 4 day, 1,200 mile Utah backroad trip that was interstellar. That one is here: http://bit.ly/1eeWj4g
Will keep following your exploits and images!
I too have just found this thread in doing some research for a lil ride in the area with my son next month. While I have been to the Adirondacks at least a dozen times in the last 15 years or so I'm always looking for new roads in the area. Its a great spot as it's only a day ride from Toronto. Thanks in advance for the info in this thread.
You been over by Great Sacandaga Lake? I've never been but I hear it's attractive and, like Schroon, not so crowded. I've got friends with a camp on Paradox Lake . . . another gem I'd never heard of when I lived in Glens Falls. Sacandaga should be a short ride west for you. +/-35 miles per Google from where I get the impression you live.
Hey thanks, I love that analogy - bike + lens as a wonder of life vacuum
I checked out your blog, very cool and Space Oddity was a bonus
Yes I've spent a good bit of time riding around Sacandaga, North Shore Road from Luzerne is a great ride, although the speed limit is 35 it's a road that can bite you even at that speed if you aren't on top of your game, narrow, with an abundance of curves many of which can lull you into a false sense of security. The scenery is gorgeous but you do need to focus all your attention on the road
These 2 shots are from a pull off before the road starts to parallel the shore.
I've been by Paradox Lake plenty of times, never took the time to explore it
Been away at work, haven't ridden in 5 months , but it will be good when I get back at it[/QUOTE]
Ouch, I feel your pain
Thanks for the pics. Beautiful. All that time, with a bike, and I've never been there.