We planned an early start today, since it was such a long day... the motel had no breakfast available so Lynne boiled up some eggs and we had fruit, yogurt, and boiled eggs for breakfast. We were discussing Dianne's goal of cycling in every state, and a few others admitted they had the same goal. Here they are: Mary (from Ohio, henceforth known as Mary D), Dianne, Valerie from CA, and I jumped in at the last moment, so I guess it's my goal now too. I have cycled in 36 states so far--I've been counting while not committing to doing all 50.
I was riding with a group this morning: Dianne, Marni, Valerie, and Yolande from the Netherlands. We got to the first SAG stop ahead of the driver, took a break and moved on down the road... At mile 30.6 we came upon this bridge over the lock.... we were told ahead of time to ignore the "no bikes" sign, which was a good thing--there is no other road for miles around.
Today's SAG Mary D passed us when I was at 57 miles into the ride. Dianne, Marni, Yolande, and Valerie were not far behind me. We all had a nice break at mile 60, just as planned. We were really hot by then, and the cold V8 juice, pretzels, and watermelon helped a great deal.
It started pouring rain with lightning and thunder about 4:30, so the van headed back out to pick up the rest of the riders. Fortunately we already had our luggage by then! Since it was still raining at dinnertime (6:30) we were able to eat indoors. Below is a photo of the sister act: Marni and Kirsten. They have 2 other sisters that also tour with them on bikes. How cool is that?