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Talk About a Level Ride

Only 407 feet of climbing for the entire ride

Good afternoon,
A wonderful day of riding is over and we have already cooled off in the pool in Kosciosko. This is the same stop and hotel that we stayed in when the ponies went across America 3 years ago. I think the same girl was behind the counter. Most of the time we get two rooms and one couple gets to have the "Honeymoon room" . Sometimes we cook on the counters in our hotel room and sometimes we go out to eat. Last night we had skillet spaghetti in the electric skillet but tonight we are going out for pizza.

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We started out this morning at mile 101. There was an alternate trail off the parkway to avoid traffic at morning rush. It was a bit chewed up and we had to be careful not to get in a rut. This trail was about five miles long before we got back onto the normal Trace.

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The riders were ready for the day to begin.

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Today was definitely my favorite day so far and that of course had to do with the ride past the Resevoir. It was a most beautiful scene. Colleen said "Blissful" I said " serene". We saw the water for about 15 miles of the morning ride. Combine that with the flat terrain and I was a happy camper. Of course seeing the Eagle fly overhead and the cranes and blue herons didn't hurt either. Here are a few shots that give you a hint of what we enjoyed. 90_ABC97642EDC1ECF3FD941AA17FE1F0A2.jpeg90_ABCD3EF5DBE44BF0DA10BAFB8980D8BD.jpeg90_ABDF1D5BEBE32112500D5BE8855D4227.jpeg90_ABE357A5BF53EA91DC0B08C3A7BE1BD8.jpegABEA0823A78C936380932BA02A55E103.jpegAC05629D99093B632229915F49A59D5A.jpeg

And this was the section of the Trace that included the Swamp which I refer to as the "Slough of Despond" from Pilgrim's Progress. Karen and Insaw this three years ago when we were SAG-I got for the riders. I got a couple of extra pictures again this time through.

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I ended my part of the ride this morning at 21 miles and averaged 13.5 mph. I started my SAG responsibilities and we went another 20 miles down the road before stopping for lunch at Myreck Creek. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, combined with chips, cookies and apples completed the lunch.

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The last fifteen miles took us to Mile 160, Kosciusko. Evelyn pulled for a few miles and the entire group ended the day at 61 miles at the average of 15.1 for the day. Very low winds and did I mention, that we didn't do much climbing? ?
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Here is a shot of the hay bales for Karen and a few shots of the visitor center at Kosciusko. I could see the riders as they rode through on the way to our hotel, The Day's Inn.

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Cooling off in the pool was the best at the end of another 90 degree day.

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We are heading off to town to find a pizza joint and see a bit of the historic district. So I will close off for tonight!!
Riding tomorrow will take us another 40+ miles north. Thanks for following along.
Brenda and the gang.

Posted by brendagerber07 14:30

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You guys all look great. Good pics and I'm really enjoying.them. Have fun and stay safe.

by Kathy Miller

Is it my imagination, or are you guys youthening as you head north? Maybe it's all that wonderful exercise, fellowship, nice weather, new adventures... Good recipe for a great vacation!

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Hope everyone is doing well!!

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