Sandy Cove, Cohasset MA
Atlantic ocean take-off point.
Day 1: Monday, July 5.
After a Mass of blessing in Grosla's home on Lothrop Lane, we all took ourselves down to the beach, dipped our rear tires in the Atlantic, as took off, with friends and neighbors waving us goodbye. Parenthetically, the region was experiencing the hottest July 5 on record since 1917 - 98 F. Sweat poured like a river in flood, but we made it to a campground south of Foxboro. 38 miles and one flat tire.
Day 2: Tuesday, July 6.
Another scorcher - biked 50 miles to camp at Wells State Park No of Sturbridge; Liz got a touch of heat exhaustion and began making no sense. Luckily Catharine had sense to bring me round and rehydrated. Rob and Cath tired but game. Thunderstorms during night broke the heat.
Day 3: Wednesday, July 7.
Weather much cooler. Still finding our rhythm - decided to stay in a motel just west of Springfield after biking 38 miles. We needed a good night's sleep to take on the Berkshires.
Day 6: Saturday, July 10.
Shorter day - to sightsee at Howe Caverns. Massive underground cave - lots of fun. Hide-a-way campsite - pretty but on top of hill - ouch! 33 miles.
Day 7: Sunday, July 11.
Gorgeous day of riding - feared hills really didn't materialize - but Catharine's knees beginning to hurt. Stayed in campground 1 mile no of Bridgewater on Rte 20. 52 miles.