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When you think of Maryland, do you ever think “the hills of Maryland?” Well, Northern Maryland was just a warning of what Pennsylvania was about to offer us. Yesterday, we came up against hills that made all of our prior training and riding look like child’s play. The Pennsylvania hills are EVIL! You get a nice long downhill run where you fly at 30-35 mph into a sudden uphill where you seldom have time to downshift before your speed drops off 20 mph within seconds.
We stopped for lunch in the historic town of Strasburg. It was a bit more expensive than we typically spend but there were no franchise fast food restaurants available en route nor any grocery stores. On the bright side, the burgers were fabulous! And they had outdoor seating on the porch so the three of us could eat together while Coco snoozed under the table.
We’ve realized that the hills of PA slow us down substantially. We realized that we now average 50 miles travel during 8-10 hours of biking. We are going to look at our route plan and see if we need to adjust the dates we have planned for our PA/MD/VA stops for the last few weeks of June. Time for some rest.