17 September: Bedford to Frederick – 90 miles

17 September: Bedford to Frederick
We rolled out of Bedford at 7am ready for the 90miles of hills ahead. We grabbed breakfast at a local cafe where we found our Bedford Gazette article.

Once we got on the road, it was easy going until about 10miles out of town. From there on, it was dozens of 8/9/10% climbs that last 2miles at a time, followed by the equivalent downhill. It was torturous slow going at times but at least it was dry and we could enjoy the downhills. In the back of our minds we knew that this was the last big day of the cycle and all the effort was going to be worth it in the end.

We arrived into Frederick and found the delightful Hollerstown BnB run by Betty and her husband Phil. It was a Victorian-style house with pristine rooms. We had the place to ourselves and made good use of the complimentary pool table, water, beer and snacks. After some power-napping, we went to dinner in a local Italian recommended by Betty. When we went to pay, our bill had been paid by Betty herself. What a legend!

To celebrate our last big day in the saddle we hit the town centre for some late night protein shakes. Tomorrow we roll towards the Atlantic coast and it’s starting to really get exciting,

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