|The bike route took us over the bridge where Washington crossed the Delaware. But|
the walkway was narrow, so we had to walk our bikes over.
Oil painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, 1851.
One hill in particular was a true beast, and we had to walk our bikes halfway up. But at the top, the view down at the farm valley was stunning. It looked like a patchwork quilt, with careful contrast between grass, farm and roads.
We then hitched a ride and got out again with our bikes for the final 15 miles of today's 100-mile route. It took us over the bridge where Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776 in Trenton, NJ. It was really cool. Then we biked a long while on a towpath along a canal.
I am awed and inspired by my friends, and by the other Battle Against Hunger riders. Our Montclair "pod" hopes to do it again next year. I told Anne I'm planning to bake some great goodies for the riders. One really nice guy riding for his ninth year--Denny--made chocolate-chip cookies that were served at every rest stop. I have to get in on that! [We were also offered bananas, oranges, pretzels, smooth and crunchy PB, bread, fig bars, Twinkies, Yodels, Power Bars and liquid shots/gels, plus ice water.]
Really tired now. We got home about 8:30 P.M. [1.5 hour drive from closing ceremony in Trenton]. I immediately filled the tub with hot water and bubbles but have not gotten in yet.
The time has come.
Again, self-explanatory for today! Except, oops, did have one darn Twinkie.