Cycling Date: Sunday 02-August-15
Mileage: 77 miles
Weather: Upper 50s to start. Low 80s to end. Stiff breeze out of the west.
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. Cool temperatures to start. Bright sunny day. And another great tailwind. I could get used to this!
We crossed our 10th (and final) border into our 10th (and final) state (the math makes sense if you also toss the province of Ontario in there). 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 with our own bike 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 the 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…