Day 15 – Battleboro, NC to Warsaw, NC

101 miles, 1690 feet of climbing

Most of today’s climbing was subtle, very gradual gradients that left you wondering why your legs were working so hard on what looked essentially to be flat ground. None gained more than about 100 feet before going truly flat or starting downhill again. The roads had little traffic with the exception of a few highways connecting them. Another sunny day, a little hotter than the past few days. Continue reading “Day 15 – Battleboro, NC to Warsaw, NC”

Day 9 – Hunt Valley, MD to Washington, DC

81 miles, 4070 feet of climbing

Today’s weather was similar to yesterday’s. No rain, perhaps a little more sun to go with the overcast. Arm warmers and a jersey felt a little cooler at times but generally comfortable. Some sun, but more clouds.

The climbing was concentrated in the first two-thirds. The last third was the reward–the Rock Creek Park Trail. Not a rail trail so there were more turns and some very short climbs. Continue reading “Day 9 – Hunt Valley, MD to Washington, DC”

Day 8 – Lancaster, PA to Hunt Valley, MD

62 miles, 1695 feet of climbing

Yesterday evening, route RAP was late starting in order for staff to debate today’s choice of route. There were two alternatives–5200 feet of climbing on public roads or only 1600 feet of climbing and much of it on “rail trails,” generally old railroad right of ways converted to pedestrian/cycling paths. Here the path was place alongside railroad tracks which appear to be used at last for train excursions. Continue reading “Day 8 – Lancaster, PA to Hunt Valley, MD”