DAY 16 JUNE 12 102 MILES
We do not do these things because they are easy. We do them because they are hard. John F. Kennedy
Last night, after we were tucked away in our tents, a significant electrical storm passed through our area. The visuals were quite exciting as the flashes of lightning illuminated our tents through the thin fabric. The wind driven rain pelted us as well but we were safe and dry inside. By morning, the weather had passed and everything had miraculously dried. We soon were packed up and on our way to breakfast.
Our ride today was projected to be 96 miles, again along the south shore of Lake Erie. At the end of the day, however, my odometer read 102, with some of the other riders registering a few more than that. There was rain throughout the region and we encountered four showers during the day. Three were light but one was a soaker. I stopped under the shade of a large oak tree and waited out one of the lighter ones. None caused a major problem and, by days end, everything had once again dried. It would not be enjoyable to set up or take down a tent in the rain. Fortunately, we have not had to do that--yet.
Today, we bicycled in the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In addition, we crossed the 1,000 mile threshold for the trip. And it still is fun!
The forecast for tomorrow is for a 30 to 40% chance of rain. But we are accustomed to that now and we are OK with it. The good news is that we are headed to Cleveland for a day off. There is not much that can ruin our day!
Tip: Break up a long ride with a 15 second sprint every 30 minutes. Adding such variety actually will relax your body.