Today: 54 miles. Total miles: 4205 Riding time: 5 hrs 2 min
Elevations: Royalton VTL 492‘ N. Haverhill NH:
Total ascent: 4193’ Total descent: 4045’
Calories: 3557 Avg speed 10.72 mph Max speed 33 mph
Today’s ride was on 2-lane, narrow roads, most without shoulder. Shoulders that did exist often had crumbling pavement. I’m finding the roads in New England are both dangerous and in poor condition with drivers less willing to move over and often driving beyond reasonable speed limits for the road condition and terrain. The Adventure Cycling map routed me onto Route 132 in VT which was a dirt road, climbing up to 8% grade for six miles.
The town of Strafford is a bucolic New England community with beautiful buildings. Found myself stopping too often to photographic the handsome churches, town halls, and homes.
Climbing today was more than I anticipated and tended to be steep on narrow, shoulder-less roads. Granny gear came in very handy on some of the steeper climbs!
Folks I met along the way were friendly and helpful. Leaves are just beginning to turn here in New England – a little early according to the locals. Colors are muted, mostly brown, at this point in the process.
Camped at River Meadow Campground on the Connecticut River in North Haverhill NH. They gave us $10 off the $47 rate! Beautiful setting on the river.
Quote for the Day: “Wisdom: the art of knowing what to overlook.” William James