|From Behind My Eyes - The Adventures of Tim Stubbe||
It seems like forever since I actually got some serious miles in. After a very hot 95 and humid 95% day in New York being topped off by a violent Thunder/Lightening and Rain storm last night, I headed out from Cornwall, Ny in a light mist this morning early 6am. Dressed in my best rain gear and expecting the worst. I rode a few miles north from my motel to the Newburgh-Beacon bridge to cross the Hudson River. After paying my $2.50 toll, just a note, if your on a motorcycle pulling a small trailer, its EXTRA!!!.. I headed east on I84. The mist subsided and I got off the interstate in Danford CT to refuel and have a bite, and do some email. By then the mist had stopped and I decided that I'd find an alternate route with more scenery than superslab provides. Heading out a series of state highways, the ride was very enjoyable and the roads mostly 2 lane highways was a very pleasant change to the plethora of 18 wheelers that had been keeping me company the first hour.
The really great thing about this trip is that I can make adjustments to my route to enjoy the local rural roads.
Someone on my route had suggested that if I was near Hartford CT that I stop at Mark Twain's home and take the tour. Since the ride today was only about 200 miles, and since I was going through Hartford, I decided to do just that. Mark Twain, one of America's greatest authors, who's real name was Samuel Clemens, lived in Hartford for a large portion of his life. Like the other homes I have visited, Mark Twain's home is uniquely his. The architect had Twain's Missouri early years in mind when he designed several parts of the home like a river boat. The home all red brick was beautiful both inside and out. The use of stencils throughout the home gave the appearance of a inlay of leather in some rooms and wallpaper in others. Combined with the dark woods used the home had a very warm feeling and one could almost feel and hear his children running about through the home.
Continuing from Hartford Ct, I decided that if it wasn't gong to rain, I'd keep heading east into Rhode Island and then turn north into Massachusetts to Framingham where I'm spending the night. Tomorrow I'll climb on the Train and ride into Boston to take a tour of the city and its historical sights. The weather is projected to be pretty good so I'm counting on some good picture opportunities. So today was a good day not nearly as hot as the past 10 have been and other than some mild mist this morning not much rain. A good day riding and exploring.