10/6/08 - 5 miles SW of Baldwinsville, NY - I broke camp and left the American Legion in Cicero by 9:15. A few miles down the road, I gave a ride to Harold Baker, the Town Historian for Clay, NY. Harold delighted me with stories of Old Clay for the next couple of miles.
I dropped off Harold at a gathering of ladies in front of the church in the town center. Joan Timmons presented me with her original water color of a horse pulling a one horse cutter sleigh. She was also kind enough to paint in the ďcĒ in Docís name on the rear of the wagon (it had fallen off) - Thanks Joan.
Shortly after passing the Great Northern Mall we stopped for lunch at a wide spot in the road. Several very nice people stopped by including a member of Teamster Local 1149 and Stacy who helped me get a felt pad at the Tractor Supply store just down the street - thanks.
Next were the towns of Lysander and then Baldwinsville, where we stopped to chat with several people. Iím currently camped at Judyís place on a side road about 5 or 6 miles southwest of Baldwinsville. A mile down the road from her place we hit a steep (12 - 15% grade) hill with poor traction. Dolly wasnít pulling because of a stone bruise to the frog that she picked up earlier in the day. The horses ended up balking about 75 feet short of the top of the hill. Fortunately, there was a very nice farm family there that offered to help out. The wagon was towed the last mile to Judyís place. A couple of very nice young ladies wanted to try their hand at driving horses. They did a great job of driving the teams a mile up the road - Thanks girls!
This was a long day for the team. All together they put about 23 miles behind them.