69.7 miles

The day with the big hill.

Yesterday’s long day meant a slightly shorter ride today. The hill south of Hopewell Junction didn’t help any either. It could have been avoided by heading west, but it looked like an adventure on the map, and we were rewarded with a beautiful and crazy ride through largely car-free backroads through the leafy exurbs north of Carmel. We may have seen one or two expensive homes in this area;)

South of Carmel we found one of the best off-road bike trails of the whole trip. A beautiful, paved, smooth track largely in the woods (the Putnam Trailway and North County Trailway).

We’d entered the land of few camping options again and opted for another night in a hotel. This would mean a break from the growing heat and an early start for our final push — the day we hoped to reach the tip of Manhattan.

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