Could we have yet another gorgeous day? And in Flatland, no less?
I was focused on looking for the street where I had to make my first turn when I saw the Prius parked on the shoulder. Susie was at the Delaware state line! It took me by surprise and Susie and I both had a teary and happy moment. I texted family and friends on the spot. This was big!
The granny gear hills are now definitively behind us. A few rollers and a couple of bridges are all I get to “work” on. The Summit Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was today’s workout. It wasn’t much of a hill, but the traffic was fast and furious and the shoulder narrow. Nevertheless, I stopped at the top to take a picture of the canal.
I cycled through small town Delaware.
Two things happened when we got to Dover. I FINALLY had a moment of recognition that this was a place I knew. I had been to Dover with my friend, Mary, about two years ago. She ran in a track meet to qualify for National Senior Games.
Then I saw the Prius parked in the shoulder. To its left was a flashing sign — “Marathon October 22 – Road closures.” Deja vu. Back in St. Charles MO, our planned route turned out to be on a marathon route and here it was happening again. This time the decision was easy. I was still on my bike and it was a gorgeous day so we continued on well past the marathon route. I will start the next to last ride from Federica DE.
Susie and I are consistently being asked the same two questions.
- Are we sad that it is almost over or happy for it to be over? The answer is both.
- What is next? That for me is a very big question. I have been practically living on my bike since the spring of 2015. I want to stay in shape but I don’t want to cycle this much to do so. Home projects? Garden projects? Some suggest a book. I will have to let “next” flow the way I’ve let the blogs flow. I am certain Susie will continue to help others; it is her nature. She does a lot of volunteer work, she takes care of her cat, Precious, and she keeps up with a multitude of friends. I hear there is some travel, but I am sure it is not of the style we’ve been doing for the past two months.
What is your “next?”
Start location: Elkton MD
End location: Federica DE
Distance: 47.7 miles
Cumulative distance: 3098.6 miles (I have now cycled more miles than the previous Guinness World Record, a requirement for setting a new record.)
Elevation gain: 777.6 feet
Special features: Last state crossing
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/751697966