Day 6, July 25, 1999
Ride info: From Albany, NY to Greenfield, MA. 78 miles ride distance.
Breakfast at Friendly's, ate off the menu. Pancakes and sausage. Today
was the ride over the Berkshire Mountains. 4 climbs with grades of 6% to
9%, for a total of 5,200 feet.
- First climb, 1.2 miles
- Second climb, 9.2 miles with a 4 mile descent
- Third climb, 5.2 miles with a 6 mile descent
- Fourth climb, 5.8 miles with a 20 mile descent
This was definitely the most challenging day. As I was doing the last
climb and approaching the eastern summit, I thought to myself, "why am I
doing this??" and also noticed for the first time that most of the other
bikes had 3 chain rings, whereas I only had 2. Definitely something
to consider if I ever do a mountain ride again! 300 yards before the
eastern summit, a large black bear crossed the road in front of a biker
5 minutes behind me. These climbs were tough but the downhills were great.
I arrived at the Candlelight Resort Hotel at 3 pm., did the usual bike
stuff, and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant with my roommate and a
business litigation and bankruptcy lawyer in Orange County, CA. My
fortune cookie message was:
"You are a traveler at heart. There will be many journeys."
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