Some photos from last week's 3-day from Port Jervis, NY to Philly with a stop at the Lakota Wolf preserve in Columbia, NJ:
About 170 miles. About 8,500' of climbing. Nights in the 30s and 40s. Pleasant afternoons. Light to non-existent traffic in most places until the Philly 'burbs. The beautiful and virtually empty Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Campfires every night. Wolves howling on the morning of Day 2. Lots of birds, including hawks, jays, cardinals and even a magpie. See if you can spot the porcupine in one of the photos. Not too proud to admit I had to walk a stretch. The intense grade strained the limits of my 26x34 low gear. Pushing a heavily-loaded bike up hill is just as hard as riding it. Spring comes later up there, so the pollen was not as bad. The closer I got to home, the more my eyes watered. I love ending a tour at my front door, like I did when I crossed the country.
Off to Italy in late May for a week+ at the Italian Cycling Center. But I am already thinking about what to do in the fall. Maybe Pittsburgh to Philly via the GAP.