We enjoyed our breakfast conversation this morning with the proprietor of the cabin that we stayed at last night in Fairlee, Vermont. When he was in college, he biked across the country alone. He was interesting to talk to and very interested in our progress. After we ate some oatmeal and cinnamon rolls, we were off into New Hampshire early in the day. Today was very hot and the early morning haze of the Connecticut River Valley soon burned off.
We rolled up Route 5 and crossed the Connecticut River, pictured here. This river forms the boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont. Once onto the New Hampshire side, we headed north to catch an east-west path that would take us to Lincoln.
We encountered two large climbs today. One hill was roughly 1,900 feet above sea level, and the Kancamagus Pass has 2,855 feet of elevation. The first climb, just west of Lincoln, produced a wonderful downhill with a fairly high grade. Pictured is Debbie beginning her descent. We ate lunch in Lincoln and obtained plenty of cold fluids for the Kancamagus, which was a long and windy climb with a modest descent grade of 7% on the other side. This descent was long and allowed for much coasting.
Packing two long climbs in one day along with 77 miles in unusually hot temperatures was satisfying. We feel like we’ve made good gains since our starting days in Oregon a couple of months ago. And the scenery today was again exquisite.
Tomorrow, we are on schedule to finish the bike adventure. We plan to go to the residence of Tim’s former boss in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, which is right on the Atlantic Ocean. Dick has been a mentor for Tim over the years, so it will be a meaningful spot to end the bike trip. Tim’s college roommate will join us there and then plans to transport us back to Marlborough. What a blessing.
Heading into the last day of the bike adventure, we are feeling a bit sad to see it go. We have had a great time and great experiences, and are grateful for the support and prayers of many.