Day 48 August 4, 2012 Latham, NY to Brattleboro, VT

Welcome to Vermont – State # 9

Downtown Bennington, VT

We are back in the mountains!  From beginning of the day until just outside Brattleboro, VT.  Wow!  This climbs out of Latham and Troy (by RPI) were vicious.  But really it felt good.  I am totally amazed at myself.  I don’t think I am much faster than before we started 50 days ago BUT I have come to love hills (that was a good thing today – we did lost of climbing!). We crossed the Hudson River about 5 miles out from our hotel and were in busy suburban traffic until about 12 miles.  We then got a 10 mile respite from the traffic on a more back road (Route 278).  Very picturesque.  We got onto Route 7 East about mile 22 and stayed on that or Route 9 East the rest of the day.  Lots of weekend traffic so although the roads were pretty good, the traffic mad it not so fun (noisy and having to always watch for vehicles)

a moose and my bicycle! I win!!

The flowers and flags downtown added a lot of color and class to the little town.  It certainly was busy today.  Humidity was high today but when you caught the breeze it was very nice.  It is nice being back to the land of shade trees.    After leaving Bennington, we had our most challenging climb of the day into Wilmington.  It was sunny and it was hard  … BUT we did it and left ourselves some energy for the rest of the day (Wilmington was mile 55 for us.)

Vermont countryside

good friends … good food … who could ask for anything more?

And, the good news was we were able to out run that storm.   AND even better, we did not have to wash our bikes.  Some of our fellow cyclists behind us did not fare so well.  Sat out rain, then got wet and dirty because the roads were wet. It sounds like tomorrow our biggest chance for showers is the morning …we left our plastic bags on our bike packs.  Hopefully that will bring us luck.

have two pair of bike pants that make us happy.  Used up most of my quarters.  And then Karen showed up to join us for RAP and dinner.  It was fun to catch up and we know we have to ease ourselves back into our “regular lives.”  Marsha and Christy called as well … the Greenfield Triathlon is on Sunday.  Bob and I have been a part of that for many years and know it will operate very well with the great staff and volunteers.   It is a bum the swim had to be cancelled but there is a plan now in place.  We on the other had will be “sleeping in” until 6:15 as luggage does not load until 7:30 (breakfast at 7:00 AM).  Another 80 mile biking day – not so many hills and we will have a special dinner at the end to begin the celebration of our huge accomplishment.  We still cannot believe we have crossed the US on a bike … I guess I better go look at the photos again ….

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2 Responses to Day 48 August 4, 2012 Latham, NY to Brattleboro, VT

  1. ProfSharon says:

    Congratulations on a successful conclusion to an amazing bucket list item!

  2. Jo Cyr-Mutty says:

    Wow, it was fin to catch us after a few days in the wilds of northern Maine without electricity. Cannot believe how close tot he end you are, and wish we were going to be around to welcome you home. Paul is missing the Greenfield Tri this year. The first in many that he has not raced or volunteered, but life occasionally gets in the way or long held traditions. Next year….
    Enjoy these last days.

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