by Bob Torres, Pre-Rider
Started my ride at 8:20am into foggy conditions...around 14 miles in, the fog lifted and it started to get warmer really fast. The cue sheet is still correct noting pot holes for mile 19.5, 21.8 and 22.2...but between miles 20 and 21 the road has been repaved...but leave the notes as stated.
At mile 35.7, where Laurel Ave becomes Beachway Ave, getting close to Keansburg waterpark/arcades, the road—for about 200 yards—is in the process of being resurfaced....I was able to ride through with no problem...
The ride up to Mt Mitchell was nice; same with the views.
Getting onto Ocean Ave brought the fog back and had to deal with the SE winds...this was the hardest part of the ride.
The winds became my friend as I continued to Control #4. This part of the ride was uneventful and very enjoyable.
Controle #4, Wawa, the usual: I had a pretzel and coke. But while drinking my coke, looking west, I see the skies were not looking happy; it was getting really dark, like rain was going to happen soon....
Final leg to the finish, most of the time the winds were helping me and the skies did calm down. I rode on some wet roads from the rain that has occurred earlier but I missed it all.
Again, another very enjoyable section to ride on. The traffic was very light on the last two legs.