It was another perfect day for cycling. Cool temps, low humidity, bright blue sky and patches of puffy clouds. It was a hilly route with 5000 ft of climbing but the road surface was in better shape than yesterday’s. Not the long western US type of climbs today but short / steep climbs, one after the other that just kept coming for the first 2/3 of the ride. A couple of the climbs were of the 10-11% grade variety and 1/4 mile long, which really tested our legs and gearing but all made it to the end safely.
The group of six riders I rode with took it easy, stopped for coffee and photos and generally enjoyed our second to last day of riding.
The route was mostly along cool and shaded backroads that wound their way through pretty little New England towns with white clapboard houses and churches. Of the 10 states we’ve crossed, Oregon, Vermont and New Hampshire have been the most scenic in my opinion. At mile 35 we stopped at the New Hampshire state line to take photos of our 10th and last state sign.
Tonight at the hotel we had our end of ride banquet, where everyone had a chance to convey their thoughts to the group and we all received our certificate of completion. This has been the adventure and physical test of a lifetime for all of us.
Tomorrow we ride to the Atlantic for our wheel dip and final goodbyes.