I made it to the covered bridge over the Swift River by 4:40 and had to be back at 5, which wasn't possible. I called the house then to let my wife know I wouldn't be home. There was a fellow cyclist who wanted to talk hills and rides but I was in a great hurry, both to get back to help take care of the boys and to beat the rain. It was sprinkling by the time I rolled into the neighborhood and the skies let loose shortly after I brought my bike inside. In short, I was very lucky to get the ride in and very, very lucky to miss the rain.
I did the ride in under 2 hours and 40 minutes, door to door and averaged 15.0mph. The fast decent on Bear Notch Road and Passaconaway Road helped my average speed quite a bit.
I saw a woman riding a nice orange Circle A Cycles single speed at the covered bridge.
Looking out towards Bartlett at the first overlook:
Looking towards the Pemigewasset Wilderness from the second overlook:
There isn't much to mark the summit of the notch, except warnings to drivers and cyclists:
Looking down the Swift River from the covered bridge. There were several people in the water and it looked appealing, although I had no time to check out the water.