I feel relaxed and refreshed having done nothing today.
The weather has actually been very cool!! There was a lot of heavy rain in the morning but other than that it would have been a great day to be on the road.
I'm pleased I didn't ride though.
Other than eating lots of food, I have been trying to solve a dilemma as to what my final route should be.
I know that my final destination is going to be Linconville, Maine.
I want to achieve the coast to coast badge sooner though. I like the idea of arriving at the East Coast close to Biddeford or Portland (which are hopefully picturesque spots???), then heading north to the end point.
I have also toyed with the idea of going to NY, NY, or Boston but think it will add too many miles. I appreciate the offers of a place to stay in both cities though :)
My main question has been whether to keep following the Adventure Cycling maps.
I'm not convinced about these routes. I feel like businesses and people on these routes are too familiar with cyclists. I wonder if some of the motels prices go up and people get a bit bored of more cycling odd balls passing through.
The benefit is you get a useful, easy to follow maps with tips on hill climbs and services etc. especially useful when planning journeys over mountains.
On the other hand, ignoring the ACA maps and choosing a complete random route means you pass through towns that have zero Cycling traffic which I find refreshing. I'm convinced motels are better value. It's a bit more hit or miss.
At the moment I have decided to follow the ACA route because a section of the Appalachian mountains is ahead. Once I'm past the really difficult climbs (350 miles from here) I think I will free style my days again.