Today was a good day, but not great. Relatively short, but not easy. My route selection left a lot to be desired, with many miles on scary highways with little shoulder. But I made it through the day without incident, and once again did not have to walk on any of the hills, although I did put my feet down on a few climbs.
Meals may have been the best part of the day.
- Miles ridden: 30.9 @ 9.0 mph
- Difficulty: 3.5 out of 5
- Execution: 3
- Fun/Interesting: 3
- Total: 9.5
The day got off to a good start with a short walk to Scooter’s Diner for breakfast, followed by a leisurely exit from the room. I started riding at 10:10 a.m., more or less on schedule for a short day.
I am nominally following the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast route, but since I am not carrying camping equipment on this trip, I must find a hotel every night. There were none on this part of the route, so I diverted here to Torrington. My intention had been to follow the Adventure Cycling route to within about 5 miles of Torrington, then diverge. However, I goofed, and followed Google Maps in a straight shot to Torrington. That not only saved me four or five miles, which was not my goal, but it also forced me to ride many miles on busy roads. Parts of this were actually nice, when there weren’t cars to drown out the noise of the birds.
Long portions were scary. There was one long climb, maybe a half a mile, with two lanes going in my direction and very little shoulder, maybe a foot to the guardrail to my immediate right, so there was no leeway in either direction. Cars & trucks were whizzing by at high speed. Fortunately traffic was not so heavy, and mostly the cars in the right lane could merge left as they passed me. It was not pleasant. When I finally got to the top of the hill, and the guardrail ended, I was able to recover. I wish I had taken more of the Adventure Cycling route today. Deduction to all 3 categories.
There was one humorous moment when I was stopped at a red light. I was in the middle of three lanes, going straight. The lane on my right turned onto I-84. A tractor trailer pulled up next to me. The driver leaned out his window and said “Do you want to race?” I replied “It might be close.” Then the light turned green, he turned right & I went straight.
Although today was only 30 miles, it seemed to drag more than yesterday or the day before. Maybe I’m feeling the effects of two long days in a row. In any event, tomorrow I will go back up to the Adventure Cycling route, then carry on to Millerton, NY, where I have a reservation at the Millerton Inn. It will be another short 30-some mile day, hopefully more pleasant than today.
That’s all for tonight. Good night.