Today’s Route: 113 to 5 to 93 to 302
Today: 43 miles. Total miles: Riding time: 3 hrs 37 min
Elevations: Conway NH: Naples ME:
Total ascent: 2966’ Total descent: 3232’
Calories: 2738 Avg speed 11.8 mph Max speed 30 mph
Passed through several small towns. Roads mainly without shoulders and light traffic. Pavement was in deplorable condition on several of today’s roads with broken, crumbling pavement and some holes. Quite a bit of climbing, some up to 9% grade.
Hit a construction site with one-lane traffic and a flagman on a steep hill. After the flagman waved me through and the cars piled up behind me going 6mph, I decided to move over onto the new blacktop. A bit later, the worker running the roller hollered out: “I wouldn’t do that if I were you – that blacktop is 380 degrees! I saw a bicyclist fall recently when the heat from the blacktop blew out her tire.” Shortly thereafter, the flagman at the other end told me to get back on the new blacktop so he could get his cars moving from the other direction!!! Oh well!
Scenic ride with several photo ops. Good weather – a little cool at times with temps between 50-60 degrees; rain threatened but didn’t materialize.
Camped at Naples Campground in Naples NH. Owner gave us $5 off the Passport America rate of $25/night. Great campground with over 100 sites and nice showers.
Quote for the Day: “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” Anonymous