I'm sitting at a picnic table on the Princeton campus after finishing the first 50 or so miles. all around this grassy area tents are up and others are going up. it's a beautiful sunny warm late afternoon though showers or storms might be coming tonight.
Today's ride was harder than I remembered it being last year. there were more hills that were steeper than I remembered over the first half of today's ride.
There are about 200 of us, from a lot of different places. One guy is riding a big unicycle. the wheel is maybe four feet in diameter. I haven't seen him arrived yet, but two people on a tandem bike just pulled in.
It's amazing and wonderful how people who don't know each other, bur who have important beliefs and commitments in common, can bond so quickly. it really feels like a second family almost for these five days.
75 miles tomorrow, our longest day. I hope I sleep well.