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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

25 May 2011 Fast America Day 32

25 May 2011
Fast America Day 32

Amsterdam, NY to Keene, NH

Mileage:                     125.49 miles
Riding Time:              9:00     Riding Speed 13.9 mph
Total Time:                 9:45
Climbing:                    7510 ft.
Flats:                           0

Another beautiful day with lots of miles and lots of climbing ahead of us. Three of the slower climbers (myself included) left about 20 minutes early. The day started with a 9% climb right out of the hotel and I found myself in the lead on the road; and I was the first one in to the first SAG stop 40+ miles later. This was before the two long sustained 9% climbs through Vermont’s Green Mountains as we traversed Vermont from Bennington to Brattleboro.

We hit more climbing at mile 110 and I handled all of this without a problem. The 7500 feet of climbing was the most in about 3 weeks and it is clear that I am a different cyclist than 3 weeks ago. After 9 hours in the saddle, I sailed the last three miles downhill into Keene ready to do it all over again.

I met Mary in Keene, along with her cousin Barbara and family and my cousin Claire. Mary had reservations at a great restaurant (thank you for the recommendation, Katie!) and we all had a great time. Keene is far and away the nicest town that we have stayed in since Palm Springs and a good place to prepare to reenter civilization.

Tomorrow the beach. The day starts with some serious climbing (let’s see if I can do it two days in a row) and then it is mostly downhill after mile 40 or so. The day ends in a logistical whirlwind, as everyone tries to get their bikes all packed up for shipment and get ready for the banquet at 7:00 PM. Although the riding has been pretty much as I had expected, the emotions have been much more overwhelming than I had expected. I hope that the readjustment goes OK; I know that it will be difficult.