After a colder-than usual winter here in DC, spring is finally here and with that – Ryan is starting his bike racing seasons! Up first – The Tour of Battenkill. The race is a grueling 64 miles with lots of climbs, but does offer up fantastic scenery in the form of covered bridges, rolling farmland, small villages, etc. It’s known as America’s Queen of the Classics and is really the biggest stateside road racing event.
Sunday is the big race day, and I will happily spend the time bounding from place to place trying to take some good pictures. On Saturday, we are hoping to explore the little town of Cambridge. It’s very old and rural and should have some great architecture and history. For example, the Cambridge Hotel, which is a landmark hotel that was built in 1885 to provide lodging for people on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Line. Apparently Cambridge also has its share of antiques and crafts…could be fun. The area is supposed to be good for biking (clearly), but also hiking, camping and kayaking. Maybe if it’s nice we can take a light hike or a calm paddle. I also saw that hot air balloon rides are big in the area; however, at $240 per person, I think we will entertain ourselves on the ground.
Food-wise I found this little cafe, Common Ground, that I think we will have to try. Looks like they have a bakery, espresso bar and a small menu of salads, sandwiches and wraps. Unfortunately, it’s not open on the weekends, but hopefully we will have time to stop in on Monday morning before we head out. Other than that, given the size of the town, I think we will be better off just wandering around and asking people for recommendations. Or, if any of you have suggestions, let me know!
Regardless, I’m excited to explore Cambridge, to get some great photos and of course, to watch Ryan race!!! I’ll let you know how it goes on Tuesday.