Cycling Date: Sunday 03-August-14
Mileage: 77 miles
Weather: Upper 60s to start. Low 70s to end. Mostly cloudy all day. A bit of fog in the morning. No real wind to speak of.
Highlights of the day:
Ok, I admit I’m a bit biased but it was amazing day to be on the bicycle. Great climbing. Even some of the steeper stuff was fun. That rush of adrenaline and endorphins at the top? Hazaah!! Follow that up with a great run along the Piscataquog River and a downhill run into town and you get another good day to ride a bike.
The weather was definitely in our favor. Again. Cool temperatures. Again. Wind was barely noticeable. I think we read forecasts of 2-3 mph last night. Mother Nature – you ROCK!
We crossed our 12th (and final) border into our 13th (and final) state. New Hampshire. That’s the official last border crossing. . I think some riders will add Maine to their list of states visited tomorrow by crossing over the Piscataqua River on the recently replaced Memorial Bridge. It’s beautiful and completely bike friendly complete with our own lane.
The feature of today was New Hampshire hills. Lots & lots of hill repeats. We joked that in New Hampshire, it’s either up or down – there is no flat. We joke but it’s true! Another feature – small towns with lots of little white buildings and churches. Oh, and more Dunkin Donuts. We’re definitely in ye olde New England.
We had our last official tour dinner tonight. A great barbeque dinner was followed by riders’ poems, skits, and songs and then an opportunity for everyone to talk about his or her tour experience. Lots of warm thoughts, hugs, and tears were shared. We still have one more day to focus and get to the beach safely. Dang, I sure know how to be the wet blanket at a party…