Cycling Date: 17-July-11
Mileage: 97 miles
Weather: Sunny. Lower 60s to start. Warmed up to the mid 80s. Winds out of the SSW.
Highlights of the day:
Today was the last of four long days in a row. 2 centuries, one 95 and one 85 miler. Some riders even extended the “short” days routes just to say they did 4×100. It’s crazy. But I understand. I’d do the same thing as a rider.
The roads of Ohio treated us much better today. We had a few bumps here or there but nothing like the bone-jarring potholes of yesterday. There were great stretches of road for miles through beautiful countryside with the usual corn, soybeans and a smattering of trees. A large portion was on an old chip seal road that has been worn mostly smooth by use. It was a great stretch to do a little cleaning and reorganizing in the head while watching the landscape go by.
Our second SAG stop was at the White Turkey Drive-In in Conneaut, OH. A local favorite that’s been around since 1952 – it was a grand place to stop and truly appreciate a Richardson’s Root Beer float. I had my usual (for Richardson’s), a Black Cow. For those of you saying, “A what?” A Black Cow is root beer shake, like a root beer float that’s been gently blended. Tastes like childhood – the really good parts.
We crossed yet another state line today. A quick stop through Pennsylvania. That’s our 9th border crossing and 10th state. 28 miles today and another 21 miles on Tuesday & we’ll head into New York State.
We said goodbye to two riders who just joined us in Indianapolis. That was way too fast.