Cycling Date: Tuesday 28-July-15
Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: It’s definitely summer. Humid. Temps touched the low 90s. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
The warmer weather has found us and seems to be settling in, until Thursday. That’s a whopping 2 days. Other than making sure we’re hydrating and staying cool, I think it’s another situation where we need to let it go and just ride our ride.
The riders are coming to terms with the fact that they can now say “only 87 miles” and after 87 miles comment that they didn’t have to work that hard. The winds did indeed help but they are getting stronger. Their bodies have adjusted to riding day after day after day. This tour changes a person – physically and mentally. It’s one of the many benefits of long distance touring (with ABB, of course!).
The day started out with a spin through a much more urban area than we’ve been used to for quite some time. More traffic. More stores. More restaurants. No cornfields! We did spy what I think is our first Dunkin Donuts, right next store to a Tim Horton’s. My inner coffee and fried dough connoisseur cried as I drove past. Not to worry, our second SAG was right next to a Dunkin Donuts. I got my first “chawk-lit frahs-tid” in weeks! Lots of iced coffee was consumed. The local economy was once again well supported.
Today’s ride just flew by. It was very flat all the way into the first SAG at the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area. After that, we entered more rural farmland and the terrain began to roll for the rest of the way into the hotel. A bit of a detour due to construction added on a few miles. But in general, it was a fast, enjoyable, lovely day for a bicycling. Let’s do it again tomorrow!
FYI – the paper pirate hats? It has something to do with visiting Margaritaville on the Canadian side of the falls. And they work so well with the riding kit du jour. You’ll have to ask Team Texas for details.