Cycling Date: Tuesday 13-October-15
Mileage: 35 planned miles with an optional bonus 13
Climbing: 900’ planned, 2400 with optional bonus miles
Weather: Rainy in the morning. Clearing in the afternoon. Low 50s to start. Mid 60s to end.
Highlights of the day:
It was definitely wet today. We all kept looking at the Weather Channel to see if we could wait it out or sneak in between showers but it was not to be. We rolled out around 9:45 in a light drizzle through downtown Portsmouth. It picked up occasionally but never became Forrest Gump’s stinging rain. We opted for the sidewalks on all the metal bridges that we crossed. We avoided large puddles. No one shrank and we ended the day by cleaning our bikes.
Our route took us along the full length of New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline, all 23-ish miles of it. We waved as we went by Wallis Sands Beach (famous in AbB circles as the end point for two of our cross country tours). We munched at our SAG stop Hampton Beach State Park and then headed down into Massachusetts, crossing over the Merrimack River into Newburyport. In Newburyport, we found the Atomic Café and enjoyed hot coffee & cocoa. Heading back out on the road, we had warmer temperatures (not just from the drinks) and a glimpse or two of the sun.
Our group split a few miles up the road, some opting for the shorter planned route and some opting to head down the Merrimack a few more miles to enjoy the drier part of the day. The color along the river isn’t quite popping yet but we enjoyed taking it all in on gently rolling, nicely paved (for the most part) roads. Miles added, pictures taken, we all converged on our hotel in Amesbury. Even with the wet start, it was another nice day on the bike.