Cycling Date: Friday 17-October-14
Mileage: 64 miles
Weather: Cloudy and low 60s to start. Sunny and upper 60s to end. Winds strong out of the SW.
Highlights of the day:
What a difference a day makes! It was cloudy to start this morning but all the rain had moved through the area an hour or two before we rolled. Roads were a bit wet but nothing compared to yesterday. Clouds dissipated and we had blue skies for most of the day. The wind really picked up throughout the day. It was blowing out of the SW and we were heading NE. No rain, blue skies and tailwinds. No complaints here!
We started the day riding through Manchester. It was a little more city than we’ve had lately, more traffic and traffic signals, but after the first 8 miles we were back on quieter country roads. It was another great day for the leaf peeping. The views were beautiful. The riders keep thanking us and we keep saying to thank Mother Nature. The timing and intensity of the colors varies wildly from year to year. This year, we got lucky!
The route featured more New Hampshire hills – some challenging climbs and some fast fun descents and many repeat rollers. Between the last two days, I think the riders’ legs got a good New England style workout. We rolled into Sanford ME for the night. I don’t think there will be any issues sleeping. Tomorrow we ride to Portland ME for the last day of the tour.