Over the years I have mapped out loads of different rides all of which could qualify as a favorite ride on any given day. I have now created a page with links to RideWithGPS maps for many of these rides. As I go back out and do the rides again, I will add links to posts with photos to help entice folks to try a ride. This is the first!
This ride starts in Milford, NH. Due to a very rough descent, I decided it is better in the opposite direction than I rode yesterday (map link below is in the recommended direction). I'd rather climb a rough road than descend one. Either direction has stupendous views. As with most of my rides, there are a couple sections of dirt.
There is a great new bakery, The Good Loaf, where you can stock up before the ride, or refuel after. It's on the main road as you leave town or come back in. Connolly Brothers Diary Farm makes a great ice cream reward after climbing Pack Monadnock.
A great side trip is the hike into Purgatory Falls.
|I'm not obsessed with suffering, really!|
|The climb from Purgatory Rd to Paradise Farm does involve a little suffering. But the route now goes the opposite way, so you can enjoy great views out toward Milford, as you descend towards Purgatory Falls.|
|The view from Pead Hill is always glorious. Be warned, you have to earn it!|
|Frye's Measure Mill|
|The climb up to Pack Monadnock is one of the tougher ones in the area, with a few 20+% sections. It is an optional climb on the route, but well worthwhile. Just bring your low gears! The descent is quite bumpy.|
|Lots of hiking in the area.|
|Spotted this lovely house coming around the backside of the mountain|
|And then I came upon this sight, which took me quite by surprise. Turns out it is a giant pumpkin chucking playground!|
|The used to aim for the castle - but they got so good...|
|That they had to build this tower even father away|