|We finally have a picture of all of us together; here we |
are high in Connecticut Alps with the Porters' lovely
home as a backdrop.
The rest of us were accompanied by Seth Porter, the son of our hosts last night and friend of the group on his light, light road bike whose speed had us drooling. He broke a spoke leaving his driveway and caught up with us a few miles later. However, we had no idea we were about to pound out four miles of steep climbs- 800 feet gained at one point- and spend the rest of the day on some serious hills, the longest of which was a mile and a half. Our choice of road, also, was not the wisest. We were intent on knocking down the mileage after our long day yesterday that ended with a couple big hills that had us a bit maxed out by the end. Unfortunately, the most direct way is not always the easiest, or most bike friendly. We spent the day on Connecticut route 44, which was well-shouldered in most places, but a 50mph highway for sizeable stretches. The saving grace of the day was the mild weather; for the third day we were followed by a light drizzle (until it became a mild deluge.)
Once we were all back together we were once again treated to a fine feast and a lot of hospitality courtesy of Mandi's cousin Kim and her husband Glen Ellis who took us in despite the fact that they already had their two children, a friend of their kids', three exchange students and two of their friends, and the six of us. That makes 16 for dinner!
We're taking a mini day off tomorrow, only 15 miles to Windsor Locks where the ACA maps begin. We'll be sure to take the opportunity to get all our pictures up.