Population: 1,053,209 people
Area: 3,140 sq/ kilometres
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east, and it shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest.Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other state and the convention. The state was also the last to ratify the United States Constitution.Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the state's geography, since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Its land area is 1,045 square miles (2706 km2), but its total area is significantly larger.Despite the name, most of Rhode Island is on the mainland United States. The official name of the state, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, derives from the merger of two colonies. Providence Plantations was the name of the colony founded by Roger Williams in the area now known as the City of Providence. Rhode Island, the other colonial settlement, was founded in the area of present-day Newport, on Aquidneck Island, the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay.Rhode Island is an example of a cold winter humid continental climate with hot, rainy summers and chilly winters. The highest temperature recorded in Rhode Island was 104 °F (40 °C), recorded on August 2, 1975, in Providence. The lowest recorded temperature in Rhode Island was −25 °F (−32 °C), on February 5, 1996, in Greene. Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 83 °F (28 °C) to a low of 20 °F (−7 °C).Rhode Island has some of the highest taxes in the country, particularly its property taxes, ranking seventh in local and state taxes, and sixth in real estate taxes.Rhode Island is the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.
It was a short ride, but once I made it out of the beautiful city of Providence it made way for lush hilly landscapes with minimal traffic, beautiful lakes and no traffic on the roads ensuring that I was safe fro being hit by truckers. There seems to be lots more area to explore of this state, and I would recommend it. The people are very friendly.
| Distance Traveled: 93.06 km|
Distance Ascended: 712 m
Distance Descended: 633 m
Energy Consumed: 4,131 calories
| Overall Cost: $18.35|
|Longest Day: 2011-05-11 - 93.06 km|
Most Climbed: 2011-05-11 - 712.00 m
|Most Energy Burned: 2011-05-11 - 4131.00 calories|
Most Expensive Day: 2011-05-11 - $ 18.35