Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week Ending July 16, 2011

I finished the week with a total of 1810 miles, for an average of almost 260 miles per day. But with the heat coming this way, I don’t expect to ride as much. Most of my riding has been in northern Dutchess, Columbia and Rensselaer Counties. The photo below was taken a mile or so west of Shekomeko, a tiny historic hamlet in northern Dutchess County that was once a village of the Mahican Native American people. In 1740, some Moravians from Pennsylvania founded a mission at Shekomeko and began to convert the Mahicans to Christianity. In 1743 they built a chapel there and this Mahican community became the first Native American Christian congregation in the United States. It's a beautiful area.

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