Wow! It’s getting nearer and nearer to the end of our tour. We are now in Ithaca, NY. The roads are nice here and the weather is a little rainy. The drizzle is actually kind of nice. Last night we slept in some people's back yard. We often find yards to sleep in by asking people in town where there is a camp ground. They almost invariably offer their own homes instead. We set up camp right before it started pouring. That has happened several times. The rain usually waits until we get into our tents before it really starts to come down.
We only have two days of camping left. In New York City we will stay in a hotel for two nights. Last night we slept at an old school that was turned into a furniture store. They let us use their big grill and borrow some comfy mattresses and we all got a good night's sleep under the big awning. We almost went 25 miles farther than we were supposed to, and had to turn around. We found a shortcut back that turns out to be one of the funniest roads of the whole trip. We arrive in the town of Hancock and demand to know the location of the nearest ice cream from an unsuspecting local. "Half a block away" he said. Best day ever!" -- Jacob, Trip Leader