We got our gear together, left NYC and headed
towards North-West into the Catskill Park. There was a camp ground
marked in the map. In case it would be closed, it might be tolerated
to stay there for one or two nights before the season opens. We
arrived at Kenneth L. Wilson campground (which is listed in the OSM
maps but not in Garmin maps!) and it was closed. There were a few
cars parked at the parking lot and the gate towards the actual
campground was closed.
Two ladies came by and I asked them for
advice on where to stay. One of them – Catherine – was very kind
and told us two places, one of them was what she called “The Secret Spot”. The
weather forecast did not look promising for camping, thunderstorms
and rain... What the heck, when did the weather guys ever got their
forecasts right- right? So we went to this spot and it was absolutely beautiful there. We pitched the tent on the meadow and the river
was just some tens of meters away to provide us with water. Excellent
place! Thank you very much Catherine!
Catherine's secret spot in Catskill Park.
Smoothie time with wild herbs/veggies :)
A man got to have a nap once in a while.
Beautiful fresh water river.
Since we did a major shopping along the
road we had enough supplies to stay two nights. The weather was sunny
and warm, and all of us enjoyed this little paradise. What a relief
after Ghana! Here we had green grass, trees, bushes and fresh water :)
Summer is coming here as well.
Plenty of wildlife. First chipmunk...
... a snake...
"Gigantic" grasshopper on Hertta's paw :D
First real repair at the BMW. The tail light bulb was strangely melted into the plastic (already in Ghana but it was too hot to fix it).
Our next accommodation was already
planned in advance. Steven – one of our eager followers – had
invited us already a long time ago to stay at his place and so we
did. It was absolutely deluxe place as we got the bedroom of one of his
daughters and could be around the house where ever we wanted. Thank
you very much Steven, Liz, Teagan, Molly, Toddy and the Cats to let us stay at
your great home!
Steven and Liz.
The house was in the middle of a forest
and a walking path started right away from the backyard. That almost
felt like home :) I fixed the windscreen of Skippy's bike somehow (I
think this original design is totally screwed). We did some further
planning and research on route planning, accommodation and so on.
David, Francine and Steven recommended us to ride the Puppy Dog Trail and that sounded like a great idea. Riding gravel roads and
avoiding the busy highways was just perfect for our tastes.
Getting things organized and eating delicious organic apples.
We had a great time at Steven and Liz. Skippy made one day raw vegan
dinner for all of us, and since we were so hungry we forgot to take any
pictures :D We took it somewhat easy, tried to learn the local habits
and cought up on our list of internet-to-do things.
Leaves are coming. A few more weeks and have to make a vihta for sauna :D
From wikipedia: Finnish vihta (vasta in Eastern Finland), made of birch. It is used in traditional sauna-bathing for massage and stimulation of the skin.
Some special flower.
Little waterfall where a mill used to be.
Hertta started to worry us more and
more. She stopped eating, drinking and was extremely dizzy. She could
barely walk and her tail was constantly all in. That was not good.
Even though Skippy fed her and made her drink water it did not get
any better and we decided to go to the vet nearby. After some initial
tests, Hertta was kept there and received IV and blood transfusion.
Since we didn't want her to be there overnight we agreed with the vet
that we pick her up as soon as she is done, which would be around one o'clock in the night.
Voivoi Hertta - what is the problem???
Well, Skippy called at 2AM and Hertta
was still not ready. At 4AM the vet called and told us that we can
pick her up. We jumped on the bike and besides the misery, the ride
in the morning hour was very lovely. The air felt unbelievable
clean and the streets were empty. Hertta was doing visibly better and
she was happy to be back with Skippy. We rode back to Steven's place
and had a good sleep for a few hours. One advice to others. Do not
get sick when being in America. The health costs are sky high and our
bill was really heavy. There is – to our knowledge – no travel
insurance for pets and even then Hertta would be too old anyway for
that. Anyway, Hertta got better and better in the following days and
that was the important thing here. We hoped that was it on medical stuff for some time now.
We really enjoyed our stay at Steven
and Liz, nevertheless the road was calling us and we headed towards
the Puppy Dog Trail.
On our first day we rode along stunning
rivers, through most beautiful landscapes of grass, lakes and
forests. I had hard times to describe our sensation in words. Both of
us were inhaling this beauty of nature. A few times it was difficult
to focus on the road when the scenery was exceptionally great ;)
Along Puppy Dog Trail - beautiful day, beautiful scenery.
More along Puppy Dog Trail - still beautiful day and different beautiful scenery.
Skippy made another great travelogue.
Click here if you have trouble to watch the video.
Great Travelogue, good work Skippy !ReplyDelete