Well folks we are down to two days, and 148 miles to go to ride in to Portsmouth, N.H. Today was a great ride ended up doing bit over 6,000 vertical gain in 80 miles; the fellows that I ride with back home would have enjoyed this ride a lot. The weather was perfect with very little wind; and the road conditions were fantastic.
Wake up call at 6:30 (Got to sleep in an extra hour), Breakfast 7am, Load luggage 7:30am, on the bikes riding at 7:45. Today I was riding with Chicago Bob, Yope from the Netherlands, and Washington D.C. Bill; ride out temperature was in the high 60's.
Today we had four climbs, a four mile climb at mile six, a five mile climb at mile twenty two, a eight mile climb at mile thirty eight, and a three mile climb at mile fifty nine. All of these climbs were quite gentle with an average gradient of 6/8%. The road conditions were the best of the trip so far; so you could let your bike go o the descents; which we did. The rest of the roads were a series of gentle rollers.
At mile thirty two we passed in to the State of Vermont; we all stopped and took pictures of each other under the "Welcome to Vermont" sign. The four of us had a great ride today, we are riding really well as a team of four riders. The last eight miles heading in to Brattleboro was a down hill with some of the sweetest sweeping curves that this rider has seen in a long time. Our speed on those last eight miles was around 35/39mph, all in a single line spaced about three feet apart. When all of the riders have confidence in each other you can ride like that; each rider knows what the other rider is going to do.(we hope). Any way it was a hoot riding in to town; and I imagine looked pretty cool too.
Tomorrows ride is from Brattleboro, Vermont to Manchester, N.H.; we will be staying at the Comfort Inn. Tomorrow will be another day of climbing, with a thousand feet more vertical gain than today.