Fall Foliage Classic Day 4 - Amesbury MA to Salem NH
Distance: 36 miles
Weather: Bright and sunny. Mid 50s to start. Low 70s to end.
Highlights of the day:
We spent one night in Massachusetts and then promptly rode back into New Hampshire first thing this morning. On our way out of the state, we spent a little more time along the Merrimack River. It was just as pretty heading back out the way we came in yesterday. The scenery along the water was beautiful and we drank it all in on relatively quiet roads with very little traffic.
A right turn at the corner of River & Main, we worked our way up, literally, through Haverhill (that’s pronounced HAY-vrul for you non-New Englandahs) to the America by Bicycle office. Our SAG stop was at the home office today. It’s the only time during the entire season that we a bring a tour through the office. The riders got a chance to meet the faces behind the voices on the phone. The office staff got a chance to meet the riders. Pictures taken, muffins & donuts & apples consumed and we headed out.
On the last stretch of the day, we stopped at the American Stonehenge. While the validity of all the details is up for discussion, here’s the story we heard. It is an area with stone structures built over 4000 years ago by ancient Native American or ancient migrant Europeans, archeologists are not certain. They do know that the people who did the constructing were well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It gave the riders a chance to walk in the woods and view ancient ruins. Not something we do all that often in the US, viewing ancient ruins. Back on the bikes for a few more miles through the town of Salem NH, we reached our lodgings for the night and some good Tex-Mex for dinner.