Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 61 Dalton to Sussex

Distance Biked Today:  83.2 miles

Time Spent Biking: 6:35

Avg Speed: 12.6 mph

Max speed: 46 mph

Total Distance Biked: 3918 miles

Wow. What a day! Today we climbed a total of 6,900 feet, which is more than any other day of the tour. It wasn’t a horrible day by any means, but it was harder than I expected. The climbs were longer than the last couple of days, where we could coast halfway up the next hill. Here we can’t as the hills are too long.

A lot of us were curious how well the cyclists who joined us for the last two weeks would do. I saw some of them struggling but there wasn’t a huge divide between the two groups.

I rode for a while with the Bonner’s and Stephanie but we separated after a little while. I also rode with Randy, and Fred for a while which included a couple of stops at Walmart and a local store to find a t-shirt of a local sports team.

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It was fun going down the hills, especially the steeper ones were I could get going fast.

My video didn’t turn out like I wanted, but below you can watch Josh’s.

Beyond the crest of a climb, we were greeted with this wonderful view allowing us to see so far. Immediately in front of us was a prison with very stately building. Click on the picture to see a larger version

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Our last state! Today we crossed into New Jersey! What a rush to be so close to the end.

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Our biggest climb today was to High Point in New Jersey, the highest point in the state, hence the name. For once we could truly say, “it’s all downhill from here”. We were greeted with refreshments and other goodies at the top.

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And goodies on the way down!

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And tons of food in camp!

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It rained a little tonight but by now we’re hardened campers and have our eyes dead-set on finishing the last day. No matter what happens tomorrow we’re going to bike it!

One more (albeit short) day!

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