I could have called up the usual suspects, but If I didn't complete my intended route, I didn't want to have anyone to blame but myself (since James doesn't use the internet, I'll blame him for not doing the whole route last week).
Things got off to a bumpy start. In cleaning the bike I intended to ride, a bike with not one but eight choices of gears, I found it wouldn't be up to it.
I was going to have to do it singlespeed.
Then I left the house with overinflated skinny(er) tires...and my rotors were rubbing. I stopped, let some air out of the tires, and adjusted my calipers.
Got rolling again and crashed going up hill...at the res?!
This was going to be a long ride.
Then I went OTB hopping a routine log.
This ride seemed to be doomed.
I got to the first water fountain. I made a deal with myself, if the water is on I'll continue on, if not, I'll just goof around at the res until I was out of water and head home.
As I made my way through Pennwood, I began to get some sort of rhythm going. But as pretty as the leaves may be they inevitably led to a few sudden directional changes.
In West Hartford I was feeling over dressed, but just 15 miles North and I was just right.
Descending down from the chimney into Tariffville, the trail was getting a little sloppy. I braced myself for what the flood plains were going to be like. Again I started to rationalize, maybe I'd turn back if things got too sloppy.
Then I grew a pair; I'm not blowing this opportunity.
They had towed the broken down car that has been in the woods for at least a decade so I missed the entrance to "Randy's Trail". I realized this when I was faced with the wall of a trail that used to be the only way to the ridge. 33x20 is a fairly light gear, but no match for that!
Up to the ridge, down to Hatchet Hill, and on to Roncari.
I made it!
Now I just need to make it back.
I counted off the climbs on my return.
- Tariffville to the Chimney
- Green trail
- Blue trail in the center of Pennwood (the last big one)
- From 185 to the powerlines
- CB1 Birthday climb
Looking down at my computer, it seemed Garmin was ripping me off on elevation gain. It also was less mileage than I expected. Was I going to have to ride around the block to break 40?
No, I didn't have to resort to that, but it was close.
To be a little extra geeky, I kept track of what I ate and drank. Before the ride I had a 1/2 cup of oatmeal with a banana, and a teaspoon of sugar, two cups of coffee and a glass of orange juice. Right before I left I had two granola bars. That's 535 calories.
On the ride I had 4 more granola bars, a Cliff Bar, a Cliff Mojo bar, and 64 oz of water for a total of 800 calories. I was on a fairly comfortable pace and that seemed work pretty well.
Next time maybe I'll to go to Newgate.