It hasn't been easy, but I am now done with our 75 mile day, the longest of the entire ride. the "not being easy" began about 9 p.m. last night when what turned into about six hours of rain on and off but mostly on began in earnest. my old tent didn't do well at all in that rain. I got wet and I got at most three hours of actual sleep, and probably less.
However, I was able to do the whole ride pretty much okay, although the last 10 miles felt like at least twice that much.
The big positive news of today for me was that it looks like I have found two partners to ride with for the rest of the week, a woman in her early 50s and a high school senior from Burlington, Vermont. we discovered on the trail that we all ride at just about the same pace, and we ended up riding probably 40 miles together until the end. it looks likely we'll keep doing that for the next three days, which is really good. I never found partners who rode at the same pace as me last year.
We're staying tonight at a United Methodist Church camp near Downingtown Pennsylvania. some people are camping again but I'm staying inside in a room with 5 other people on 3 bunk beds.
Last night was the first evening program with speakers, and there were two of them. one was a woman from the World Bank. The other was a woman from Earth Justice. they were both good, if different. the earth justice woman spoke about the dangers of fracking, which I was pleased about.
Tomorrow we ride through Amish country. it should be the best day of the week, I'm looking forward to it. and it looks good as far as the weather, probably no rain the rest of the week, which is great.
I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep dry and inside tonight!