We had a great ride Sunday. This proved to be an especially stoic and hardened group of 10 riders. Not because they came out in cold and cloudy conditions. Rather not one person complained about the announced 25 mile ride actually being 32 miles. Of course the flat course and weather changing to warm and sunny, mid-ride, with a bright blue cloudless sky, may have had something to do with that. We peddled to the Historic Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake and enjoyed the view before turning back.
The history of the field station:
The field Station property was acquired by Alexander T Brown in 1901. Brown was an industrialist and prominent inventor with over 300 patents. Including the “clincher” tire for bicycles, a 2 speed gear, typewriters, automatic telephone switch boards, and automotive products. He formed the company Brown-Lipe-Chapin and co-founded the H. H. Franklin Automobile Company. He was also on the board of College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Son Charles Brown purchased his parents interest upon their deaths in the late 1920’s and his brother’s interest in 1936. There was housing for his family and staff as well as a kennel for Great Danes, numerous gazebos, barns, an office, library, greenhouse. Sawmill, blacksmith shop, maintenance shop, maple sugar shack, windmill, bath house, poultry house, firehouse, dairy barn (that never saw a cow), and radio station. Incidentally, the kennel was built in the late 30’s at a cost then of over $40,000. The dogs had their own car and chauffeur, a dog hospital with a solarium on one end. When a dog died, a casket was made and they were buried in the dog cemetery with their heads facing North. The property was left to Cornell on Charles Brown’s death in 1953.
Susan Jenkins joined and showed up for her first ride. Jeff and Sandy Palmer, Steve and Harlan Share, Janet Ohlsen, David Neff, Scott Shannon, and Shelly Kempton all rode. In other big news, Shelly showed up on time.
Pat Demyan sent this link that included rides she thought looked like fun. They require travel and are on 6/11, 6/25, 7/16, 7/29, 8/27, and 9/24.
35 telltale signs that you’re officially a cyclist (congratulations):
2. There’s never room on the top shelf of the dishwasher for anything other than water bottles — and no matter how many times you’ve scrubbed them, they still look dirty.