Day 0: Opening Day
It’s time to start AbB’s final tour of the season, the Fall Foliage Classic. This is a 7-day tour through 3 New England states. We start in Portland ME and work our way down the coast through Portsmouth NH on our way to Amesbury MA. Our ride through Massachusetts is very brief as we head back up through Salem and Manchester NH on our return to Portland. We’ll spend time along the coast, enjoy some longer hills on the interior, and view fall colors all along the way. The drought New England has been experiencing over the past couple of months may have muted the colors a bit but the reds, oranges and yellows are starting to appear.
The staff snuck in a nice ride out to Portland’s western suburbs and back along the coast with a quick stop at CycleMania in downtown Portland. They always treat us well and we highly recommend a visit should you find yourself in Portland. We then met with our riders this afternoon - finished registration, safety checks, and orientation. Our first group dinner ended the day.
We might get a little wet tomorrow but this group is excited to get rolling. Sunny or not, tomorrow is a day for lighthouses, seacoasts, and seafood!