Saturday, 18 June 2005
Danvers, MA to Portsmouth, NH
56.5 miles, 4h17m, 13.2 mph
Elapsed Time: 6h18m, Max speed: 25.7mph
Total Climbing: 1249ft, Max elevation: 102ft
Total mileage: 485.3
Finally an easy day. We rolled out of Danvers at about 8am and headed
north through the suburbs. It was still a bit chilly.
The roads were wide and traffic was light on Saturday morning. The
biggest problem we had was determining what road we were on. They have
signs for all the little cross roads but they won't tell you the name
of the road you're on. I guess your supposed to know. We never actually
made any wrong turns today, but there were several minutes of
uncertainty. Horrible, horrible minutes.
Still friends after seven days of riding.
We passed through Danvers, Wenham, and Rowley without stopping or
seeing anything worth photographing. We saw nothing particularly
historic in historic Ipswitch--which is about the coolest name a town
can have. We finally stopped at a coffee shop in Newburyport. I had
coffee. JT had tea.
Modern JT in rustic Newburyport
After our snack we crossed the Merrimack River and worked our way east
to the ocean at Salisbury Beach, which appears to be a really lame
version of Ocean City, MD. There are about five video game arcades
within a one acre area, but only one go-cart track. We headed north up
the coast on Route 1A and soon left Massachusetts for the fourth and
final time on this trip. This is actually the second time we've been to
New Hampshire on this trip. The first time was back on day 2 when we
made a wrong turn in Brattleboro, Vermont. This time it counts.
We enter New Hampshire for the first official time.
The route up the coast was almost completely flat. We stopped a few
times for pictures.
This might be the desolate Hampton Beach.
There were some really nice sections of coastline with big houses and
grass and plants and stuff.
This might be beautiful Rye Beach.
We stopped for lunch at a little store in Rye Beach and had the usual
turkey sandwiches. They were called subs, not grinders, but they came
in wraps, so I don't know what that was about.
We meandered around a bit in the Portsmouth area and visited Fort
Constitution, part of the original defense system for Portsmouth
harbor. The fort is a state park but you have to cut through a Coast
Guard Station to get there, which would have made it difficult if we
were in a car (for security reasons), but since we were on bikes we
could just ride right into the fort and nobody said nothin'. So we took
a bunch of pictures, only one of which is presented below.
The sky briefly turned blue.
So we rode through downtown Portsmouth and magically found the Best
Western. We ate dinner at a really nice place downtown called The Oar
House. Then we had ice cream.
The girls are leaving tomorrow and heading back to Maryland. That means
we'll have to start carrying all our gear again. Hopefully the weather
will be nice and the roads will be flat.
"JT and BC's 2005 New England
Ride" Copyright © 2005 By Bob Clemons. All rights reserved.