WHITE MOUNTAINS, NH
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.