Andrew’s Adirondack Bike-Packing Trip
I had never been to the Adirondacks. I guess that's as good of reason as any to go on a 9 day vacation there. I always get bored 3 days into a vacation so I needed something to fill my time. I love cycling and I love camping. I decided I would tour the major lakes of the Adirondacks on my bike, and camp at night.
I was more concerned with the gear I brought with me than the route or where I would be staying at night. Other than my round-trip Amtrak ticket to Schenectady NY, I had no plans.
Here's the link to my extensive pre-trip checklist: Lake Champlain Checklist
Check out my route map. It's pretty close to accurate. Of course I added a whole lot of miles scouting out towns, exploring back roads, lakes, and taking dead end routes. Over the course of the 9 days, I believe I biked around 420 miles.
It sounds simple, but the thing I loved the most while being on the road was waving to all the wonderful people in their front yards while passing.
3 Lessons I Learned:
- 1. Bug Spray melts plastic bike helmets.
- 2. Mountain Bike trails should not be part of a touring route.
- 3. Not having a plan was the best plan of all.