Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: 60s in the morning. Low 80s in the afternoon.
Highlights of the day:
Moderate temperatures continue. The sun was definitely warm but it didn’t get much above 80 and the humidity is way down. We like! We’d like even better if there were a little less East in the direction of the wind but we cannot complain too terribly much at that. Clouds and the breeze did keep the temps down. And, as I tried to spin it talking with some riders, when we hit some hills around mile 79 – they blocked the headwind! So we had that going for us. J
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. Some riders even tacked on 13 more miles to add another century. (because it’s there and because they can…) 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! Iced coffee was consumed.
The terrain 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. But in general, it was an enjoyable day for bicycling. Let’s do it again tomorrow!