It was really funny riding down the trail in the rain today. I had a huge smile on my face - filled with the excitement of the beginning of the trip. As we passed other riders in the rain they were smiling too! Was it because we were all insane enough to ride on this messy gravel trail as the rain pelted us in the face and the mud covered our bikes and gear. NO! It was because as we passed each other packed down with gear we all realized we were kindred spirits - on a mission - all on the same mission.
Some were riding from Pittsburgh to D.C. some were riding from D.C. to Pittsburgh. I'm LOL now - thinking of this one family we passed the mother of the group was packed down like a Llama climbing the mountains of Peru or maybe like an pack mule from an old Western movie.
The 25 miles we rode in the rain were manageable - we had a goal to complete! We started our ride in Connellsville, PA and rode to Boston, PA - covering 40.5 miles on our bikes. We had a nice lunch in West Newton - a bowl of chili for me and a sandwich for Tom.
We are staying at the Uniontown, PA Hampton Inn this evening. Heading to Washington D.C. tomorrow.