We both slept great last night, despite some hooting and pecking nearby. When we got up, it was cold and cloudy, but the weather improved as the day went on. Our goal was to start riding early, but it didn’t happen until 10 am. We blame that on our lack of sleep a few nights ago, when we were up until midnight packing and cleaning, then woke to drive to Maine at 4:30 am the next morning after an anxious nights sleep.
We made our first mistake with the route today, and, as a result, rode an unnecessary five miles… mostly uphill, of course.
Shortly after noon, we left Maine and entered New Hampshire. For crossing the first state line our reward was donuts.
Continue reading Second Day, Second State (2)
We all expected winter conditions for this trip, but our expectations were definitely exceeded! With plenty of snow, and the temperature in the teens on Friday night, we all bundled up before getting into our bags around 1am at the lean-to. Continue reading Winter backpacking: Camel’s Hump State Park
The ride to Hampton Beach this weekend was very fun! Even though I didn’t verify the directions, and even though I freaked out when I thought you were leading me onto a highway, it was my favorite bike trip yet.
I was so surprised that you had gotten a bike GPS! I think it worked really well.
Continue reading Hampton Beach Ride
Instead of being conservative for our first-ever touring trip, we went all-in with a very aggressive route. We wanted to do something fun, and our first thought was a day on the beach – so we decided to ride to/from Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI. To break up the ride and allow ourselves as much time at the beach as possible on Saturday, we reserved a campsite at Wilderness Lake Campground in Willington, CT for Friday night. The original plan was to leave Hartland around 2pm, but we were late – partly due to work that day, but also because it took us much longer than anticipated to pack everything (and worrying that we were forgetting something). Once we were finally ready to leave the house at 4pm, we weighed our bikes… mine was roughly 83lbs and Rachel’s was 70lbs… next time we’ll distribute the weight more fairly (good for Rachel, bad for me).Day 1: West Hartland, CT to Willington, CT (~55 miles)
4pm-9:30pm, 30 min rest – 5 hrs riding
Continue reading Bikepacking – Misquamicut Route