We had our breakfast at the fair grounds at a place called Fandangles. Like all of the breakfasts on the trip, there was plenty of food, coffee and juice. The mileage was going to be on the high side today, 83 miles, when compared to the recent days, but the climbing was going to be minimal, less than 3000 feet.
Most everyone was out of Fandangles and on the road by 7AM, but Greg, Holly, Dennis and myself were lingering over some extra cups of coffee until 7:30.
I rolled out with Greg. Greg, like Holly and Dennis are from California and I haven’t really had the chance to ride with them before. Greg is a pretty fast rider and we must have been doing a pretty fast pace, because by 8:45 we had already traveled 20 miles. Wouldn’t you know it, there was a donut shop just over the bridge in Porter. The shop had some great donuts and pretty good coffee. We pushed off about 30 minutes or so later.
As you can tell by the photos below, the skies were clear and the temperature was just right for cycling, just on the cool side.
The picnic stop was at 46 miles and we rolled into it at about 11:45 and were out on the road again by 12:15.
The goal after lunch was the Lone Oak Ice Cream. We were warned not to order a large cone. I’m not so sure how big a large cone would have been, but a regular size was a triple dip cone.
After Lone Oak Ice Cream, the traffic started to really get busy. Remember the nice quite roads this morning? For the next 10 miles or so, the cars were zipping right past us at a pretty good rate. Cycle America does a great job of trying to find quite routes for us. About 10 miles from Durham, they found some nice side roads to get us to the destination.
We arrived at the Oyster River Middle School by 2:15. Plenty of time to put up the tent, take a shower and head into town to find a nice cold beer.