Start: Amherst, MA
Finish: Cambridge, MA
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny
Distance to date: 3,050
I slept late at Andy’s place and did not get on the road until nine. It was a clear morning, but the heat and humidity were rising. I travelled along Route 9 through Belchertown and along the fine stretch outside of Quabbin Reservoir, then dipped into Ware to have breakfast at the Ware Café. This is the same route I took last May when I pedaled to Amherst as a test ride before committing to the full run. It was amazing how much I recalled, this unusual house, that odd sign. (How about ‘Enjoy your drive through wedding here’, a sign in front of a house in Belchertown).
After breakfast I continued on Route 9, which is really wonderful through the Brookfields, (West Brookfield, Brookfield, East Brookfield) and into Spencer, where I took a McDonald’s Internet stop to check email and post yesterday’s
blog. I left there at two with 40 miles down and thought if I saw an interesting place I would stop. I didn’t find any vintage motels but I did see the entire world selling their wares on their lawn – I never saw so many yard sales in my life. I kept pedaling into Worcester where I discovered yet another of my all-time favorites –a Chinese buffet! I went in, had a sumptuous lunch, and by 4:30 was so energized by such great food I decided to push on home.
It was a lovely evening and once I hit Marlboro was mostly downhill through Sudbury and Weston. I was pushing 15-18
mph and knew that my body was ready for the home bed. I got home a little after 7:30 pm. First thing I did was shave the gruesome beard. Second thing was notice that when
I cycled the same route last spring I was exhausted when I returned. Today, it was just another ride. Guess I will have
to go somewhere on the bike tomorrow.
3,050 miles total from Denver to Cambridge – a very convoluted route!