Cycling Date: Friday 16-October-15
Mileage: 64 miles
Weather: Damp to start. Upper 40s. Sunny and upper 50s to end. Strong winds out of the WSW to end the day.
Highlights of the day:
It was damp to start today. Grey skies with very light rain. Most of the wet the riders experienced was coming up off the roads. Clouds dissipated by the SAG stop and we had blue skies for the remainder of the day. The wind really picked up throughout the day. It was blowing out of the SW and we were heading NE. Dry roads, blue skies and tailwinds. No complaints here!
We started the day riding through Manchester. It was a little more city, 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 timing and intensity of the colors varies wildly from year to year. This year was slow to start but Mother Nature seems to be making of up for lost time and we are enjoying it.
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.