We rode 64 miles from Worcester to Windsor Locks today. The weather was much better than yesterday. The morning was very comfortable with temperatures mostly in the 70’s and dipping into the 60s in shady wooded valleys. It rose into the high 80s and above 90 after 11:00. I finished the ride at 12:15, so was not long in the heat.
We snaked through the city of Worcester for the first four miles, then suddenly transitioned to country roads, starting with Dead Horse Road. It was a very steep one-mile climb. For the next forty miles we climbed and descended hills. There was nothing flat. Riding in the Northeast is always hilly, but this stretch was one of the hilliest with about 3000 feet of climbing in 40 miles. It wasn’t hard though, and every climb was rewarded with a nice descent to get cooled off on. Some of the country roads were very pleasant, with almost no traffic. We passed a few lakes and little quiet towns. At mile 60, we crossed the Connecticut River.
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