Distance: 48 miles
Weather: Low 50s & mostly cloudy to start. Upper 60s to end
Highlights of the day:
The colors are starting to peak out from around a few corners. It isn’t everywhere but we are now starting to see occasional (but stunning) red maple leaves. Others are trying come out but are staying in yellow to orange range. The riders could care less! They are enjoying the views and loving what New England in the Fall of 2016 has to offer.
The hills today allowed us to slow down and enjoy the scenery all the more. We have headed inland and into New Hampshire hills. Some steep with lots of repeats. Over all there was no more vertical climb than what we experienced over the past couple of days but most of that uphill was contained in two climbs early in the day and one substantial 2-mile climb just 10 miles from the end of the route. If I am to believe my Garmin, we touched some double digits along the way. The riders are commenting that they are tired. Hmmm, I think I know why.
We had a little unexpected excitement on the road today. Well, it was actually on the side of the road and it had nothing to do with us. The Nashua Fire Department had a training exercise on our route. An old, abandoned house was set a blaze and the firefighters were working to put it out. While the smoke wasn’t all that enjoyable to breath, it was fascinating to watch. And of course, we took pictures. One in particular looks as though we were helping. Yes, it is silly but we laughed so we posted it.
Our SAG stop was the Veterans Memorial Park on Naticook Lake. Foliage color + Water = Photo Ops. We rode into Manchester this afternoon. Visited a bike shop. Ate barbecue for dinner. Thanked Mother Nature for another beautiful day on the bike. And then called it night.