July 25, 2015 Day 52 Manchester to Portsmouth, NH 65 miles and 2,500′ of climbing

Today is our final day of the ride and we are headed to Wallis Beach. The weather was dicey and we were prepared with our rain gear. Absolutely nothing could diminish the excitement, joy and sadness of reaching our final destination, the Atlantic Ocean at Rye, NH.It was a pretty easy ride and we did not get hit with much rain. The sky cleared up by the time we got to the junior high school to get our police escort. Shivers ran down my spine knowing that all 19 riders made it from start to finish without incident.

We hooted, we cried, we high fived, hugged and shared in the accomplishment. We will be friends forever whether we see each other or not. My Amigas will be part of my life for eternity.

The celebration continued in the evening as nearly everyone who spent the night in Portsmouth went to dinner together. I love this group of riders that I spent the past 52 days pedaling our way across this most beautiful country, America.

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July 24, 2017 Day 51 Brattleboro, Vt to Manchester, NY for me only 31 miles

We knew it was going to be a soaker today and we sure did dress for it. By the time I got to the first SAG stop my lips were purple and having experienced hypothermia in the past I hopped into the van. The majority of riders completed the ride and did an amazing job.

This evening was a special dinner and a time for both staff and riders to share their experience and do some funny acknowledgements. There were many very choked up moments and a supply of tissues was available. We are a very tight group of positive and supportive people. I know that many lifetime friends have been made.

Tomorrow we dip our front wheel into the Atlantic and the journey will come to a end.

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July 23, 2017 Day 50 Latham, NY to Brattleboro, Vt. 80 miles and 5,050′ of climbing

Today was my least favorite ride of the tour. We had 2 really nice climbs which included Hogback Mountain. The scenery was fantastic but the roads were chewed up in many places with no shoulder, aggressive drivers and way too many very noisy motorcycles. It felt like an assault on the senses. Where are the quiet country roads with minimal traffic?

At the hotel the beer group got an early start. We had great pizza, salad, ravioli, and spaghetti and meatballs followed by a tshirt swap. A good time was had by all.

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July 20, 2017 Day 47 Canandaigua to Liverpool, NY 72 miles and 2,150′ of climbing

Today was an easy day of rolling hills and quite a few things to see along the way. First was Waterloo which is the birthplace of Memorial Day. We passed Seneca Lake and then visited the National Women’s History Museum located in Seneca Falls.

As we were riding to our SAG stop in Montezuma Wildlife Refuge we saw a gigantic Osprey nest and a big baby poked his head out. The refuge was beautiful and full of flowers, birds, and an interesting sculpture.

Then off to see he Erie Canal and lastly a stop for coffee. All these stops were very interesting but I have the hardest time getting started again. Warming up these legs seems to take longer and longer.

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July 19, 2017 Day 46 Hamburg to Canandaigua, NY 105 miles and 4,465′ of climbing

We were suppose to do 95 miles today but decided to do a century plus instead. Why not. It was a lovely day of undulations and easy rollers. The heat picked up along with the humidity as the day wore on. Didn’t take a whole lot of pictures while riding even though we passed pretty farmland and vineyards.

There were 3 ice cream shops that riders tried during the course of the day. I personally like my sweet after dinner and not during the day but the others enjoyed these treats immensely.

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July 18, 2017 Day 45 Erie, Pa. to Hamburg, NY 85 miles and 1,450′ of climbing

Today could not have been more perfect. The air was crisp, the sky was blue, the terrain rolled all day and we had a light tailwind most of the day. Our ride took us along Lake Erie which is just beautiful. We kept a very nice brisk pace all day and besides Shelley getting 3 flats, everything was perfect. To top it off we had a lovely dinner in a local restaurant, not a chain, and they even had cloth napkins. Life is good.

We got to New York, our 11th state and we are all in shock. Things are moving way too fast.

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July 16, 2017 Day 43 Youngstown, Ohio to Erie, PA 94 miles and 1,450′ of climbing

Cannot believe we have arrived in our tenth state. We are all in a complete state of shock. It was another gorgeous day to be riding your bike. The terrain had gentle rollers, the temps were ideal, a slight tailwind and no rain. The roads were pretty good and we finally saw something growing besides soy and corn…. grapes in Pennsylvania. Our SAG stop was at a famous place in Ohio known for its root beer floats. All the riders loved them. Sadly it is not my thing so I had yet another peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Staff Highlight: Michelle is our lead staff person and her youngest son Alex assists. Michelle has been staffing this ride for 20 years. She has her doctorate in epidemiology and teaches both graduate and undergraduate at a school in Michigan. She is originally from Queens, NY and currently lives in Michigan.

Alex has been working with the company on and off for about 7 years. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is involved in the music industry.

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