DAY 4   MAY 31   58 MILES
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.                                                            H.G. Wells  

The morning was still cloudy and cold but yesterday's rain was only a memory.  The welcome sun appeared by late morning and temps warmed to the mid 60's.  It was a great day for cycling!

Some of the hills were incredibly steep.  The worst was about one-quarter mile long with a grade of 14% and occasionally 17%.  It was the steepest hill I have ever climbed.  To place that in perspective, the Melbourne Causeway is only 4-5% at its steepest.  All of that may not mean much to you so how about "Really, Really Steep!"

Part of the route took us along a dynamically rushing stream, traversed occasionally by picturesque old covered bridges.  It was a pleasant treat to sometimes pedal through an old covered bridge.

The last six miles featured the rising elevations of the Kancamagus Highway (known locally as "The Kank").  We had a small sample of tomorrow's ride which will offer a climb of over 2,000 feet.  That certainly will be a challenge!

But no rain today!

Tip:  Cross railroad tracks near the side of the road where there is less wear.  Always cross perpendicular to the rails.  In the wet, walk across.