2018 Ride The East – Fredericksburg to Mechanicsville

Mileage – 71.8 miles.

What a difference a day makes and today was one of those special riding days of tour.  Didn’t sleep particularly well again but when I got up at 06:00 it was beginning to get light and there was not a cloud in the sky.  As I stepped outside the temperature was pleasantly cool with a very gently breeze – it was going to be a good day.

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We loaded and left the hotel just after 07:30 for our 70 mile ride to Mechanicsville.  Once again we were led the first few miles by a former ABB rider taking us through the Fredericksburg Battlefield Park which was nice to ride in the early morning sunshine.  I soon found myself riding alone again but it doesn’t worry me – in fact I often feel safer on my own rather than riding with others.  There were no nasty inclines just gentle rolling hills, the terrain that I really like to ride.  I stopped along the way to take photo’s as I was in no real hurry to get to the hotel and it was such a pleasant day.  The first SAG was at mile 31.2 and as I arrived several riders were already leaving.  I didn’t hang around long and was soon on the road again.

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The second part of the ride was even better than the first, the road flattened even more and I passed through some really pretty countryside and some really nice houses.  I kept a good pace and the miles seemed to roll by very quickly.  Today was the first day of tour that I didn’t feel pressure to ride hard – I just rode at my own pace, stopping every now and then to take in the view and just enjoying being in the open countryside.

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The second SAG came at mile 54.6 and I lingered here a little longer. Again, the faster riders had already been and gone but there were a few other riders hanging around when I arrived.  The final stage to Mechanicsville saw the road meandering and rolling through some pretty large cornfields. Passing through the small township of Studley I saw a small convenience store just a few yards off route so headed over for lunch. I sat outside on the veranda for 20 minutes or so, just relaxing and knowing that there was only a handful of miles left to ride,  Back on the road I found myself entering the outskirts of the town. The SAG wagon with all our kit in passed me a mile or so before reaching the hotel which is the closest I’ve been to beating this van home since the start of tour.

A quick shower and then over to a local convenience store for the customary bottles of milkshake and back to the hotel for feet up and maybe a little nap…………………

…………….well the little nap turned into a good 90 mins and only just made RAP this evening.  Tomorrow is another long day 90+ miles but similar to today, no large hills and rolling terrain. Will take it steady and aim to be at the hotel by 15.30/16.00.  We also reach the halfway point of our journey tomorrow so looking forward to a great photo opportunity. Dinner tonight was at Ruby Tuesdays again – nice all you can eat salad and chicken pasta for me.

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