Fall Foliage Classic Day 6 - Manchester NH to Sanford ME
Distance: 64 miles
Weather: Clear sunny skies all day. Low 50s to start. Sunny and mid 60s to end. Winds out of the SSW.
Highlights of the day:
It was another gorgeous day. Moderate temperatures, bright blue sky and a mostly favorable wind were all topped off with some beautiful fall foliage colors. One of our riders has said at the end of each day that that particular day was her favorite. We all agreed with her today.
We started the day riding through Manchester. It was a little more city, more traffic and traffic signals, but after the first 8 miles we were back on quieter country roads. We’re heading north and as we head north, we seem to be seeing more & more color. More reds. More oranges. More ooos & aahs. The timing and intensity of the colors varies wildly from year to year. This year we seemed to have timed it quite nicely or Mother Nature decided to celebrate on our schedule.
The route featured more New Hampshire hills - some challenging climbs and some fast fun descents and many repeat rollers. There were more hills once we were in Maine but the riders didn't seem to worry about them quite as much. Regardless, between the last two days, I think the riders’ legs got a good New England style workout. We rolled into Sanford ME for the night. I don’t think there will be any issues sleeping. Tomorrow we ride to Portland ME for the last day of the tour.