66 milesThis was, by far, the most difficult ride of the trip thus far, with beautiful scenery to offset the pain. There were two two-mile climbs, almost back to back, before getting much of a chance to warm up. It has been uniformly quite chilly at ride's start--high 30's to high 40's--warming to low to high 70's by afternoon, and sunny to boot. Locals have expressed delight at the weather this fall and sun is in the forecast for the next few days. It's hard to imagine navigating these ascents and descents in rainy conditions, so I feel very fortunate.
The coup de grace began after mile 50 along the Three Capes Scenic Route. I coined it Mt. Everest. Three miles of steep climbing after two difficult earlier climbs, and at a time of the day when thoughts are gravitating more toward pre-prandial libation and some real food for dinner rather than PB & J refreshments along the ride. The total elevation gain today was 3800'.
I started riding at 8:15 this morning and didn't arrive at the hotel until 5 pm (I had many breaks, including lunch), and I wasn't the last one in. Dinner was served at 5:30 but it's difficult to eat much without any time to decompress after today's experience. It's 8:30 and I'm going to sleep.