Day 48: 79.5 miles from Latham, NY → Brattleboro, VT

The landscape we rode through in eastern NY this morning was beautiful rolling hills with fields, woods, and an occasional stream or marsh, much like we saw yesterday. About 30 miles in, we crossed into southern Vermont at Bennington and traversed the narrowest part of the state over the Green Mountains (part of the Appalachian range) all the way to the state’s eastern edge at Brattleboro. The climbing (5190 feet) was the most we’ve done since the ride to Rapid City, SD, over three weeks ago. Descending down the mountains was fun, although the road surfaces and shoulders were among the worst we’ve seen. It’s hard to believe there’s only one more long ride (tomorrow) followed by a 50-mile spin to the beach at Portsmouth the next day!

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A nice farm in eastern NY

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Entering Vermont

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The view from Hogback Mountain, about two-thirds of the way across Vermont, where one can see New Hampshire to the east (roughly straight ahead in the photo I think) and Massachusetts to the south.

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Today was Ann’s birthday. I couldn’t be there, but Sam, she, and Rachel got together in New York for a show and dinner. I want to hug them so much the photo brought tears to my eyes.