The heat is back with temps in the low 90’s and high humidity. It was a day to make sure you drank plenty of water to stay hydrated.
We’re heading into higher population areas for the rest of the ride than we’ve been used to, so the handlers are really emphasizing focus, awareness and safety. With only 6 riding days left there is also much talk of reducing food intake, even as the handlers are announcing the locations of tomorrow’s ice cream and Dunkin’ Donut shops. The peloton does like it’s ice cream. You get used to eating 6,000 calories a day and apparently it’s hard to cut back as you stop riding so many miles at home.
The scenery today was similar to Ontario. More soybeans and sod farms. I get the impression there are massive farm subsidies on soybean crops in both countries. As we approached Rochester NY (Henrietta is a Rochester suburb), the land became more rolling and this will be the case until we hit the Atlantic. We’ll have two big climbing days in the Green Mountains on Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been fighting an upper respiratory viral issue for a while now and hope I can shake it before the land slopes upward. We’re heading into the NY Finger Lakes region, home of very good Riesling white wine. I’ll be on the lookout for samples…… for medicinal purposes of course.
The pirate hats in the picture were issued at a margarita bar that our Dallas crew dropped in on over rest day in Niagara Falls. Sounds a bit like Dick’s last resort on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Not safety approved cycling headgear so must be removed before throwing a leg over the bar.