Our longest day: 97 miles. The direct route is closer to 65 miles, but for cyclists, we needed to avoid Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune, thus the longer miles.
Gail and I left Tiffany’s at 7 am and enjoyed 20 miles of a tailwind (reportedly 15 mph). Our average was 15.8 mph! Then we started the circuitous route around Jacksonville, sometimes south, back into the wind, sometimes with a crosswind. At 40 miles, our average was down to 15.1 mph. When you are biking the long distances, you don’t stop for photos…. At 60 miles, our average was 14.7 mph, at 80 miles 14.5 mph, and when we arrived at the hotel, it was 14.4 mph – a great day. Sunshine, mostly tailwind, mostly good roads, few trucks – it did get hot, 90 degrees!
Of course, wanting a century, I continued into the town of New Bern and did some sightseeing, finishing with 101.60 mph!