Day 48 – Athens and some hills

Columbus, OH to Athens – 90 miles.

Once we got out of Columbus area, today was a beautiful reminescent of my undergrad, Kenyon College.  The landscape was rolling, with picturesque houses and farms.  There was quite a bit of climbing today, which felt great on a set of fresh legs.  It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t wake up sore in the morning…  On a steep descent, I hit a top speed of 50.1 mph – the first time I’ve broken 50.  It’s a great feeling, but at the same time scary as crap because you only ride on rubber ~1 inch wide.  I guess that’s part of the exhilaration?

We rolled into Athens right before the skies opened and dumped on all the remaining riders.  That evening, we stayed with medical students – and our hosts were amazing.  They lived right near the downtown area, and per par – Pete and myself ventured out for some drinks.  What we found was shocking: 50 cent drafts.  Good thing I didn’t come to this college, that’s for sure.

Tomorrow we enter West Virginia and the portion of the trip I have been most looking forward to – CLIMBING!

Ohio = grey. Ohio = pretty

Adam Koon celebrating his namesake

Patiently awaiting showers.

The Voss Face

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