Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Humid. Winds out of the west. Pop-up thunderstorms stayed to the east of us.
Highlights of the day:
I promised the riders not to discuss the weather at length in the blog for fear of Mother Nature changing things. Please read weather notes above and note that there are no complaints.
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 the riders 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. That was kinda new for us. We did see what I think was our first Dunkin Donuts. The iced coffee was calling but we knew that our second SAG was right next to a Dunkin Donuts. Iced coffee was purchased and consumed. The local economy was once again supported.
Today’s ride just flew by. We had a some long stretches of beautiful new pavement. I hope we have lots more like it. Well done New York! I hope Vermont & New Hampshire had similar ideas over the past few months. 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.
In general, it was a fast, enjoyable, lovely day for a bicycling. Let’s do it again tomorrow!