Day 54 – A hot, humid day for climbing in VT and NH

The bed at the B&B was exceptionally comfortable. That, along with a fan and an open window, helped us sleep soundly. At 6am, we packed and presented ourselves for breakfast . Susan prepared a scrumptious feast of scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, toast, and coffee. We hit the road at 7am, stopping at the C-store in Bethel to buy snacks for the day. We headed east on Hwy107, along the White River as it flowed downhill for 7 miles to Sharon. On Hwy 132 the climbing began- first to South Stratford, then to Thetford Center, Thetford Hill and East Thetford. Aside from the first pitch outside of Sharon, we rode our bikes without having to walk.

At East Thetford and US Hwy 5, we devoured an excellent omelet at Isabell’s. Climbing relaxed a bit going north on US 5 to Orford- where we crossed the Connecticut River into New Hampshire. We rode farther north on Hwy 10, past farms overlooking the Connecticut River. An unexpected moment featured a half dozen goats eating tree saplings along the highway. We ate lunch on the shaded front porch of the Piermont Public Library. Next, we rode north for 10 more miles to Haverhill, then to North Haverhill- where we inhaled a half gallon of chocolate milk!

For our biggest climb of the day, we rode east on Hwy 116 to a ridge, then we coasted downhill to a stream at Hwy 112. We pedaled uphill towards the southeast, following a rocky, clear water stream (see photo) to a pass where the Appalachian Trail crossed the highway. Then we coasted downhill to the Maple Haven Resort and camp site, just west of North Woodstock. Showers and dinner revived us. Today was highly rewarding as we pounded out nearly 75 miles with major climbs in the 90 degree heat and oppressive humidity.

7/19/19 - Bethel, VT to Naples, ME: 74.3 miles

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