Day 3: Salisbury, CT to Walton, NY

Today we had a little bit of everything – rain, including heavy cold rain in the Catskill Mountains, and then beautiful sunshine for the last third of the day. The brightest part was finding out that there really are Irish fans everywhere.

Greg and Les from the Mid-Hudson Valley alumni club

In Ancramdale, New York, a village with a population of about 1,500, Les, the Hudson Valley Club President, greeted us with a pickup truck outfitted with a Fighting Irish flag. Thanks, Les – it was great to see you, and thank you again, both you and Linda, for a wonderful evening yesterday.  The Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley Club is awesome.

The hilly ups and downs on the road today were pretty ordinary, but the countryside around us was unbelievably gorgeous. In spite of the pockets of rain, we had a great day. We’re looking forward to the ride to Corning tomorrow.

In Walton, we’re staying at the Octagon Motor Lodge, across the street from one of only eight brick octagon houses in the country. The Motor Lodge owners, Maryanne, Stubby and Grandma (who raised 10 children!), came out to greet us in the parking lot when we arrived. They loved the van and signed it by drawing a big octagon in New York on the back. The lodge, built in 1855 and bricked in 1875, is a major landmark here in the Catskills along the Delaware River. Our hosts are terrific people. Maryanne told us that Stubby got his nickname from his stubbornness!

Grandma, Greg, Maryanne, and Stubby

A beautiful, restful evening just 2½ hours (by car) from New York City.

4 Comments so far

  1.    John Casko on May 24th, 2012

    Get job Dean Crawford! We’ll have a cold refreshment for you at the Iowa City Arts Fest beverage tent when you get to Iowa! Should be a good midway refueling point? God Bless and Go Irish!!

  2.    Les McCarthy on May 24th, 2012

    Hi Greg, Just one correction, Linda is our Mid Hudson Club President…I was President from 2004 thru 2008. Now I work for her! Great to see you yesterday morning in this beautful place we call home. Go Irish, Les

  3.    Bobbie Casko on May 24th, 2012

    As in the parents of the previously mentioned John Casko, we are very proud of what ND students did on their fall and spring breaks, for several years, to help our neighboring community, Cedar Rapids, IA, after our devastating 2008 floods . They were willing workers, mucking mud out of flooded basements, etc.

    Admire your ride across the country. Anything we can do to help?

    John and Bobbie Casko

  4.    Pam on May 28th, 2012

    Everyhhing OK……keep looking for updates….
    Tomorrow Granger????