Day 23 Hillsdale NY to Manchester VT 84 miles

Bike in room at foot of bed with flowered bedspread, television on desk and microwave, chair beside desk.

After waking up in the smallest motel room and having slept in my sleeping bag it was another chilly start.  I trusted my sleeping bag to be clean.  Anyway this was to be a big day and I was concerned.  Just not sure what the terrain and winds would be like to get me the 84 miles.  So after 17 miles in 2 hours I was more concerned .  I figured I needed to average about 11 miles per hour to make it at a reasonable time.  The first 17 proved to have the biggest hills.  The next 2 hours I covered 25 miles, so now I was making time.  I needed to nit Bennington VT, yahoo VT, by 4:00 and then have 21 miles to go to Manchester.  Well I arrived Bennington at 1:30 and I eased up to make  a little after 4 arrival.  I had only been off the bike 3 times the whole day.  I am staying with Frank and Julie the owners of the Inn at Manchester, a really fabulous Inn.  We’ve had a great evening catching up and Frank actually did a solo cross country ride with similar route to my previous ride, so we exchanged stories.  They also made a much appreciated steak dinner.  I’ve had a great evening. Tomorrow is a 68 mile ride to home.  I am so ready to see Michele and be back at the Swift House Inn!   I’m ready!,

Last nights cozy room.

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