Day 46 – Utica, NY, to Troy, NY, 100.0 miles, 2,511 ft of elevation gain. Once again, a 50/50 chance of rain in the forecast, and cool temps. As it turned out, we had an overcast day, and it rained lightly a few times. Other times we rode on dry pavement. Regardless, it was the last century ride of the tour, and the longest ride we’d done for the last several days. Therefore, a long day in the saddle, in wet, cold conditions. Needless to say, that warm shower afterward felt wonderful.The route mainly followed the Mohawk River, with the river being on our starboard side. The winds were not strong – fortunately – because it was a headwind for much of the day. We rode through another collection of neat, well kept, small New York towns, each with their own sense of charm. The final ~14 miles were on a bike path that wound it’s way into the city, and ended very close to our hotel.
The meal this evening was “on your own”, so a small group of us visited a great Italian place and enjoyed a great meal with great conversations. I gotta say, I’m going to miss this bunch of friends when we all head back to our homes.
Tomorrow we ride to Battleboro, Vermont, 73.7 miles, and 5,289 ft of climbing – not our biggest climbing day, but certainly in the top 5. Good thing we ate hearty this evening!