Friday was a long day with plenty of issues. Rode 120 miles and climbed 6,690 feet. Cycled for 8hr and 50 minutes over a ten hour day.
There were several challenges. The most difficult was a strong headwind all day. The route should have been relatively easy. The first forty miles had all the major climbs and the next 80 miles were small rollers and downhill. But the strong wind made every mile difficult.
Part of the sport of cycling is the unexpected road challenges. Yesterday was full of them. The first was a bridge out. I had no idea how far the detour would be but with a 120 mile day I really didn’t want any extra. So I cycled down to the men working on the bridge and found I could wade the stream. Since I am at the back I wasn’t the first rider to do this. The workmen didn’t even look up.
The next challenge was grooved road. There were plenty of long stretches where the asphalt had been ground off leaving a very rough road—and all the work was in little towns so car built up behind us as we bounced along.
I am not sure it was worse but there were also sections of missing road. Screaming along and up ahead is a sign saying “Bump” only to bounce off the payment into gravel where the pavement had been removed completely.
And the final insult was I went to refill one of my water bottles to find that it was full of mold. Fortunately the other one was fine. Ick.
Saturday tried to make up for Friday. The wind swung around as was now mostly a tail wind. There was only one serious climb as we climbed up into the Vermont mountains. It was a steady 14% climb with little stretches of 15%. But these were the little brothers of the mountains I have already climbed.
And then two miles from the hotel another bridge out. This time there is no wading the stream—this is more like a creek. But two of the riders I am with have Garmins on their bikes with the route programmed in. The Garmins find us a route around the missing bridge and back on course.
Short day. 87 miles and 7 hours of riding. 5,240 ft of climbs.
Tomorrow we go deeper into the Vermont mountains with several long climbs.