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Old 09-23-16, 03:26 PM
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Cross Country: Riding the Final State

My Goodness.....who in their right mind would plan a century with 4400' of climbing on their 39th riding day********** All this riding must be getting deep into my brain cells and impairing my judgement!!!!!

Started in Albany, crossed the Hudson and followed Hwy 20 all the way into West Springfield. Really gorgeous route. Not as wide a shoulder in Ma but I never felt uncomfortable. I think I got on a short section of Hwy 20 where bicycles were not allowed but it wasn't all that long of a segment and the shoulders were super wide.

Two pretty good multi mile climbs today. One was climbing up to and past the state line. The second was doing the stair steps up the Jacobs Ladder Trail. For the first time the whole trip my legs screamed at me early and often. I was pedaling squares for sure. Then at 40 miles and after entering Massachusetts just like magic the old form returned. Go figure.

There were lots of tree lined roads today. The descent down Jacobs Ladder was along a rocky river and felt exactly like a mountain road I ride in NC. Leaves are probably a week away from any color.

Pics to follow!!!


Bike lane into downtown Albany


Crossing the Hudson River




View from NY/Massachusetts state line




Pittsfield Country Club-reminds me of the group I play with in the mornings back home





Nice hilly section



A quick rest stop in Chester for lemon cookies


Sign in the last state!!




Too funny........these fine folks let me in to use their rest room. Unbelievable.


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Old 09-23-16, 05:48 PM
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we're closer to Boston and the Atlantic so all is good
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I'm reading your post EVERYDAY and throughly enjoying it!!….Definitely living, errr riding, vicariously through you.

Keep the posts coming!!

Not sure what I'm going to do when you finally make it to Boston, maybe chair the JPPE Withdrawal Anonymous group..
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jppe's junkies ?
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…My particular interest is spurred because my wife and I did a cross-country ride back in 1977, and,
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If I were to do a route that finished near Boston could you provide local knowledge on cycling around that area? ...
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Consider me as Metro Boston's Ambassador to BikeForums.
@jppe is now in Massachusetts, and anticipates arriving in Boston on Sunday. We have made arrangements to meet in Wayland MA at this venue (see below) about 20 miles from the terminus, likely to become one of the National Shrines of his Route...jppe has put Route 20 on the map!
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Please do not stop with these or make them shorter.They are true gems of the bicycling Internet.

I suspect that for years now, we will be referencing your posts for info on how Google helped, experiences thru Chicago, etc

Great stuff that I look forward to every day.
+10. I’m particularly anticipating the post of his last leg of the trip.

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It just occurred to me that this is the first time I have followed a tour (or long race, e.g. TdF, RAAM) consistently in approximately real time.

If I may ask, was the itinerary pre-planned, to the day?...point to point?...just starting and end points? No immediate reply necessary, but this is what I'll ask in Boston.
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Old 09-23-16, 07:46 PM
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Oh no...

I'm not ready for your trip to end - it went way too fast!!
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I'm not ready for your trip to end - it went way too fast!!
Still just taking it a day at a time!! I've tried to avoid looking ahead other than just getting hotels a day or two in advance. But, it looks like I'm running out of highway 20 East to ride on before too long.

Anyone want me to turn around and ride it the other direction back to Oregon???? I'm sure there are folks that have done something similar.

Maybe someone else can ride and I can do their posts for them???
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Anyone want me to turn around and ride it the other direction back to Oregon????
I'm all for that
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I'm not ready for your trip to end - it went way too fast!!
Ditto!!! Say it ain't so! Man I'm going to miss your daily post!!

JP, you've done something I've only dreamed of!! One day, I'm going to do it, probably a southern East to West route from Florida to Cali... Definitely won't be at the speed you accomplished it...I will be much slower... You rock!!
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Originally Posted by dhender02 View Post
Ditto!!! Say it ain't so! Man I'm going to miss your daily post!!

JP, you've done something I've only dreamed of!! One day, I'm going to do it, probably a southern East to West route from Florida to Cali... Definitely won't be at the speed you accomplished it...I will be much slower... You rock!!
You sound like me a while back. Make sure you carve out time to actually do it!!!


I always thought I'd do a Southern route but the more I evaluated the options doing it more North was a better fit for me.
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