Day 49 - Brattleboro VT to Manchester NH

Crew’s Log…

Mileage: 77 miles

Climbing: 4500’

Weather: Low 50s to start. Upper 70s to end. Winds out of the NW.

Highlights of the day:

It was quite foggy & chilly when we rolled out of the hotel today. Looked like we were going to repeat last year’s weather but the fog cleared at the top of the first climb. It seemed like it was huddled right around the Connecticut River. We did have a little more when we got into Keene but that was also short lived. We had another day of sunny, moderate temperatures and favorable winds. I know, blah blah blah. We’ll take it!

We crossed our 10th (and final) border into our 10th (and final) state (the math makes sense if you also toss the province of Ontario in there). New Hampshire. That’s the official last border crossing. I think some riders will add Maine to their list of states visited tomorrow by crossing over the Piscataqua River on the Memorial Bridge. It’s beautiful and completely bike friendly with our own bike lane.

The feature of today was New Hampshire hills. Lots & lots of hill repeats. In New Hampshire, it’s either up or down – there is no flat. Another feature – small towns with lots of little white buildings and churches. Oh, and more Dunkin Donuts. We’re definitely in ye olde New England.

We had more goodies brought to us by a family member of one of our riders. This is making it really difficult for the riders to take our tapering comments seriously. Ah well, it would be terribly rude to say no when treats are presented at SAG. We did what we needed to do and said thank you!

We had our last official tour dinner tonight. A barbeque dinner was followed by the opportunity for everyone to talk about his or her tour experience. Lots of warm thoughts, hugs, and tears were shared. We still have one more day to focus and get to the beach safely. Dang, I sure know how to be the wet blanket at a party…

2019Judy Clawson