10/1/15, Day 3 – Elkton, MD to Salisbury, MD. 99.1 miles. (271.68 total miles)
I woke up to rain. Again. The complimentary breakfast was a joke. Vegan choices were: banana, white bread (?) and peanut butter. I took all three then went back to pack. 9:00am was my goal time again to roll out. The rain almost stopped by 9 so I left.
The start of the day included the only “hills” of the day. It was gently rolling for the short ride to Delaware. Finally, a sign at the state line.
Next I got to ride almost the entire length of Delaware. I had to go over one sketchy bridge on a canal. Flat landers would call it a climb. It was not bike friendly and I was glad to get over it.
Then the terrain went flat. I made it on to 13 which is a busy highway, but there’s plenty of shoulder and a bike lane on some stretches. The rain was off and on, but usually light.
I was keeping an eye out for a bike shop because I only had one spare tube left and no patch kit. I detoured about a mile off the route when I found one close-by on Google. I bought two tubes, a patch kit, a new pair of (dark weather) glasses and used their restroom. Back on route.
My next stop was at a Wawa where I discovered their soft pretzels; yum! I live in Sheetz country and never had a Wawa pretzel. I was hooked. I also started to watch for my parents and my son. They were driving down to Ocean City today on the same route as I was headed and they would be driving me back to their house on Saturday night.
Sure enough, they soon passed me. We all pulled over and stopped to chat. They started the day in a downpour; luckily, I avoided that so far.
As I got close to Dover, DE I got off 13 and took 13Alt. Dover is already a high traffic area and there was a NASCAR race coming to Dover Downs over the weekend. I went through a quaint little town and passed Wesley College. Then it was back to 13 for a while.
I couldn’t believe how flat it was. Nothing but farm fields and trees. The rain continued off and on all day. I was getting closer to Salisbury and my cousin’s house. She sent me a text to see where I was and offered to come get me. No thanks! I’ll ride.
I got 13 again and stayed on back roads. I crossed into Maryland again, but no Welcome to Maryland sign in sight. Again. More farmland; melons.
When I was just a couple miles away the rain picked up. I got to Salisbury and then to my cousin’s street. Google maps kept telling me to turn the wrong way. My cousin got in her car to look for me as I was going in circles near her house. We met in the pouring rain about 200 yards from her house. My odometer read 99.1 miles. Normally, I wouldn’t stop on such a number, I’d go get the 100. This time I didn’t. I was soaked and ready to dry off.
I pulled into her garage and started getting my wet gear. Just as I was ready to get a shower my cousin told me the Seagull Century was cancelled due to the weather, flooding, safety reasons….I just pedaled almost 300 miles to a ride that was cancelled! Though I did have a great time getting there. It’s the journey, not the destination.
I showered, put some laundry in the washer and we went for food. Indian food. We enjoyed dinner and catching up with each other. We stopped for coffee then went back to her house and turned on the Steelers game. We both stayed up way past our bed time only to see Baltimore win in OT. Grr!
My home for the next two nights.
Oh well. The tour to get there was fun.
They mailed shirts to us and gave the option to roll-over registration to next year. I plan to tour my way down again next year.