Today's route includes some of my favorite roads. Years ago, John and I put together a 200km route for the local brevet series. Over time, some of those roads have gotten busy, so I have proposed replacing the middle part of the 200km with this route. I think it will happen this year. Hopefully the riders won't hate me for replacing the busy roads with some quiet, scenic (which translates to hilly) roads. There are some magnificent views along the route, but I will say that riders have to work hard to earn them.
|The reward at the top of the toughest climb|
|Hey look at us, we are sooooo cute!|
The new sections include the descent to Purgatory Falls, followed by the climb to Paradise Farm.
|Pamela, Marc and Bob in Purgatory|
|Bob climbing out of Purgatory towards Paradise|
This is followed by a descent off Pead Hill and then a wee section of dirt, which is offset by another magnificent view. The dangerous part of the ride involves a very badly angled RR crossing on a main road followed by a left turn on a right hand bend off that same main road. Then we enter a lovely tree-lined road that follows a babbling brook up toward Temple and views of Pack Monadnock, which we mercifully pass on climbing today.
|Pamela is having fun with her new camera|
We had 4 hardy souls for today's ride: Dena, Bob, Marc and me. We all carpooled up together in my wee little Fit, which normally gets about 40 mpg, so with 4 people, we got 160 miles per person gallon.
John again had to work today, but he did get out to verify that *Pagan Hill is still there. With that assurance, we will ride out to Pagan Hill from Ride Studio Cafe at 10 AM on Thursday. It is to be brutally cold overnight tonight - quite the contrast from last night. So wear a few extra layers if joining me on Thursday. And show some mercy, I have a lot of kilometers in my legs now.
*Pagan Hill is actually Pegan Hill, but we changed it to fit our theme, please don't sue us!
|Have cross bike, will carry!|
So far - Pamela - 630 km, John - 464 km
Dec 28 - Pamela 110km, John 51km
Dec 27 - Pamela 130km, John 44km
Dec 26 - Pamela 96km, John - 100km
Dec 25 - Pamela - 75km, John - 75km
Dec 24 - Pamela and John - 164 km
Dec 23 - Pamela - 55 km, John 30 km
|Too many great shots to chose from, click here to see all the photos from the day|