Mike and Di ByCycle 2016 travel blog

Went to sleep after a wonderful day of sunshine, woke up to...

Only New Hampshire sign I knew was out there was going into...

One mile into New Hampshire and we are on a dirt road!...

This was the only covered bridge we came across even tho there...

Today was just a heavy fog, drizzly day. It was so quiet...

Stopping for lunch at a picnic table in White Mountain National Forest...

Beautiful scenery as we climb into Whte Mountain National Forest as we...

The Appalacian Trail crossed the road, maybe it's a sign of our...

Spent our day off at the miniature golf in Lincoln, NH

Isn't the green ball supposed to be closer to the hole ....

A bit of silliness at Hole 9

I little scenery and theme at the Hobo Hills Miniature Golf

It was a fun few hours . . . Mike won!!

A beautiful hotel and developing ski area in Lincoln, NH

A ski town in the summer, getting ready to change to winter...


Woke up to heavy dew and soaking wet tent and only 47 degrees!! Cold and damp! And heavy fog on top of it all! Not my favorite kind of day to start out with!! Packing a wet tent is the worst, but we knew the day was going to be warm and we could dry it out. We also know we have a hotel room tonight, with a two night minimum in Lincoln. Labor Day Weekend, everything we could find campgrounds and hotels alike were booked. After a bit of thought, it probably is a good idea that we not ride on such a busy traffic day anyway. Lincoln we have heard is a fun touristy, outdoor area so we are looking forward to enjoying it all!

Between here and there of course if a bit of elevation gain and loss! Isabell's Cafe was our local breakfast cafe to get us off to the right start! So cozy on a morning like this, the best coffee and breakfast! Looking at the heavy fog that was refusing to burn away outside from the warmth inside, it was hard to leave the comfort of Isabell's booth!! New Hampshire is just around the corner! That is always exciting and it will be state number 12!! Let's go see if the sun is shining there!!

Once on the road it doesn't take long to get into the groove of riding. The weather may not have been the best, but it does add a special serenity to the day. No signs to welcome us to New Hampshire, I really need my signs!! Only one mile into the state and it is a hard packed dirt road! This must be the road less traveled, that is what we like, who cares if it's hard packed gravel for awhile, it was so peaceful and quiet. Love this sort of riding!

About 20 miles into our day, the sun did start to peek out and it took several stops to peel off the 3 layers of clothing we had to apply to keep warm with this morning. The temps were perfect today, probably in the low 70's. Another great day of riding, managed to find a picnic table in the White Mountain National Park to rest and pull out our wet tent, spread it all out and let it dry while we ate some lunch. One more push up and over and we would be in Lincoln and our two day rest!

Yes, it was long on the way up, several day bikers whizzed past us, each with a comment about our load, but it's the 12% grade down that is the killer!! We flew down and into Lincoln. Had our first near death experience on the road as we approached Lincoln and the traffic increased. There was no shoulder and I was concentrating on keeping a straight line and not wobble as I kept close to the white line. I looked up just in time to see a car speeding towards us in our lane because he was passing a car on a double yellow line going in the opposite direction we were traveling in!! It was close! Too close! It was scary. We try to stay on our toes, but you just can't account for some idiots!

Having survived, we have had a great day here in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It just so happens it is the center of the White Mountain National Park Recreation area winter and summer. A great family place with adventure parks, train rides, moose spotting trips, and of course plenty of forest hiking. To make it even more exciting, it is a ski town as well!

We spent our extra day here at the miniature gold course, walking around town and enjoying the sights, a glass of wine and making plans for tomorrow when we get back on the road. Always relaxing and enjoyable to have a day off!

We want to get up and over the Kancamagus Pass tomorrow before the Labor Day weekenders head home. 2,800 feet and then we are pretty much home free as far as any more real climbing!!



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