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Jun 06 2015

Westy Camping at last!

I knew I’d been neglecting my blog for some time, looking at it today as I sit to write an entry shows that it’s been two months to the day. I’ve commented before about going for a month between posts, I think this is a new low-water mark though. I could say I’ve been busy but I think the reality is that I haven’t felt much like writing. Let’s see if I still can…

Two months ago I got my camper out of winter storage and back on the road. I’ve done a few trips to cover bike races, even a weekend away. I didn’t camp out though, just used her as my studio and transportation.Here are a couple of shots from the UCI World Cycling Tour qualifier last month (and of course there are full galleries on my Kraiker.Photography website)

ITT

The UWCT ITT Qualifier in Grey County

Hilltop Finish

The UWCT Road Race Qualifier in Grey County

This weekend marks the first  camping trip of the season. It’s also the weekend of BusFusion, the pro women’s Gatineau Crono and road race, plus a mountain bike Canada Cup at Horseshoe. I’m not at any of those…

Last year Andrea got an entry to Leadville 100 and she’s been hard at work preparing for that race (mid August). And she wanted to see if she could get a better starting coral which she could only do at one of the qualifiers. So we’re back in the lovely Lake Placid area for the Wilmington-Whiteface 100.

The drive here was about 8 hours including a few stops along the way. It was a nice warm day and Babe ran fine all the way here. Lunch was in lovely Potsdam, where we sat across the Raquette River from a beautiful sandstone church. The details on the plaque next to our bench were intriguing enough that we went over to have a look after we ate. Built in 1835 from local stone (the area is known for its red sandstone) using some interesting techniques, it also has Tiffany stained glass windows. We only saw them from the outside but I’m sure they’re stunning. Here are a few photos.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

We did a little shopping in the village and then headed to Lake Placid to stock the fridge. On the way to our campground we were going to pass the race start so Andrea was able to pick up here package and get all set up well in advance. We got some firewood and settled in for the evening. A little rain dampened the evening but it wasn’t a hard enough rain to keep us from enjoying a campfire over dinner.

First campfire of 2015

First campfire of 2015

First campfire of 2015

First campfire of 2015

And today… well it’s a bright sunny day although it’s considerably cooler. May even get down to around 3c tonight. We have a good supply of firewood for that though!

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