Cycling Date: Wednesday 14-October-15
Mileage: 36 miles
Weather: Bright and sunny to start in the lower 50s. Partially cloudy to end in the mid 60s.
Highlights of the day:
We spent one night in Massachusetts and then promptly rode back into New Hampshire first thing this morning. On our way out of the state, we spent a little more time along the Merrimack River. It was just as pretty heading back out the way we came in yesterday. The scenery along the water was beautiful and we drank it all in on relatively quiet roads with very little traffic. Along the way, we ran into (figuratively not actually) Karen & Mike, AbB staff members. They were out for a ride before they returned the van & gear to the office from Ride the West. It was great to see them and catch up on stories, even if Mike had to have a flat along the way. ☺
A right turn at the corner of River & Main, we worked our way up, literally, through Haverhill (that’s pronounced HAY-vrul for you non-New Englandahs) to the America by Bicycle office. Our SAG stop was at the home office with Dunkin Donuts. Woot woot!! The riders got a chance to meet the faces behind the voices on the phone. The office staff got a chance to meet the riders. Pictures were taken, donuts were eaten, and we headed out.
On the last stretch of the day, we stopped at the American Stonehenge. While the validity of all the details is up for discussion, here’s the story we heard. It is an area with stone structures built over 4000 years ago by ancient Native American or ancient migrant Europeans, archeologists are not certain. They do know that the people who did the constructing were well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It gave the riders a chance to walk in the woods and view ancient ruins. Not something we do all that often in the US, viewing ancient ruins. Back on the bikes for a few more miles through the town of Salem NH, we reached our lodgings for the night and perhaps a little Tex-Mex for dinner.