Friday, August 29, 2008

Aunt Polly's

Currently in Newcomb New York, approximately 6060 miles into the trip. Rained early today and was overcast during the entire ride.

Continued riding East through the Adirondack Mountains. As noted from the pictures above the area has numerous lakes and marshes. Every day brings more Fall colors, although the peak is still several weeks away.

Newcomb is a small community of less than 500 people, very few stores, no motels and no restaurants. It's roots go back to the pre-colonial days of the Native American Algonquin and Iroquois tribes. It was formed in 1828 and over the years was a logging and iron ore mining community. Today it serves as an outdoor mecca for fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and camping. It was also the location where Teddy Roosevelt learned he was to become the President after President McKinley was killed in Buffalo, New York. Roosevelt was in Newcomb to climb Mt. Marcy the highest peak in the state of New York at the time of McKinley's death. Word of McKinley's death reached Roosevelt while he was on the mountain and he immediately left for Buffalo via foot, horseback and train, much of the trip taking place at night on very remote and dangerous roads.

Now about Aunt Polly's, a B&B that I am staying at. It originally was a stage coach stop offering lodging and food to weary travelers coming to the remote Adirondacks in 1830's and has been in business ever since. The original log structure is no longer in place; however, the part of the building I am staying in was constructed in the mid 1800's. The current owners and operators, Doug and Maggie are delightful people and I've had a fascinating time talking to Maggie about the history of the inn and politics.

Tomorrow I will ride to Ticonderoga, my last stop in New York until I head down the East coast. After that I begin the final 400+ mile ride to the coast of Maine riding through Vt. and NH.

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday weekend.


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