GWTOMW review

We had 4 hearty souls ready for a morning/afternoon of cycling adventure on a near, if not perfect, day for cycling, the first warm sunny day of ’10.  Leaving from the park in Edwardsville, IN, we ventured south towards New Middletown, further south of NM, back towards NM and finally finishing our day through Lanesville and up 3 more rollers to the park.  For all of us it was the first ride of mileage and warmth of the season, although Dave had done nice mileage this winter on the LHT and Patrick in the gym.

Dom's Windsor

Dom's Windsor

Patrick's Bomba

Patrick's Bomba

Dave's LHT

Dave's LHT

Our path took us towards NM where we ran into the MadDog’s TT, with cyclists running into our paths along Pfrimmer’s Chapel Rd.  After a pit stop we headed west along some primo roads (and 1 wrong turn) such as Fogel, Shiloh and Pleasure Ridge.  I would suggest for everybody to check these out for low traffic and enough rollers to keep you honest. The intersection of Fogel and Shiloh gave us a recurring theme over the course of the day.  Lest I be mistaken, everyone had something goofy happen to his bike: Dave’s shimmy, Dom’s dropout, Patrick’s loose bar and my loose spoke.  None was detrimental, but it did make for some extra time on the road.

Pleasure Ridge Rd.

Pleasure Ridge Rd.

On the south end of the trip we ran along the big valley of Buck Creek Valley Rd. where we had a special friend run with us for over 2 miles.  Stupid dog!  While at the bridge the first of the LBC pack came by, and shortly thereafter the remaining peloton, 20 strong or so.  They had the good fortune of coming down Union Chapel from the east.  We made the poor decision of ascending said hill at a 14% clip instead of the more benign 6-8% (according to ridewithgps).

Buck Creek

Buck Creek

dumb but very fit dog

dumb but very fit dog

As we made our southern end we took a turn on Goshen Rd, very flat and sort of open, but one of my favorites.  The eastern end provided nice vistas looking to the growing hills in the west, all over open farm country.  I’m going to make it a point to personally return in summer.

Perseverance Barrens Nature Preserve. Almost missed this one due to the cattle stampede on an adjacent farm.  We'll blame Dom.

Perseverance Barrens Nature Preserve. Almost missed this one due to the cattle stampede on an adjacent farm. We'll blame Dom.

Andy's Coffee shop in New Middletown

Andy's Coffee shop in New Middletown

We headed north towards a second stop in NW, this time for pie and salad (not together) before heading out on our finishing leg, which took us through Lanesville the subsequent many short climbs, especially a couple doozies after Lanesville.  We finished strong enough, and I for one am ready for another tour in that part of the word, some of the best cycling roads I’ve come across.  Might be a dandy area for a RCCS century down the road.

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4 Responses to GWTOMW review

  1. Apertome says:

    Looks like a fantastic ride … as I knew it would be. I can’t quite express my frustration at being cooped up on the first warm, sunny day of the year. I know there’ll be plenty of great riding opportunities, but it just seems a little cruel.

    But, I’m glad you guys were able to do an awesome ride, and when I can’t ride, reading about other rides gets my imagination going, almost in the way a good ride can. So thanks for the report!

  2. patrick says:

    It was so beautiful. I really enjoy riding with this group. It was a big effort, being so early in the season! It actually inspired me to do some brevet rides this spring and summer. Perhaps not organized with checkpoints and such, but super long, self-supported ones. And certainly not speed oriented. All about the sites and the freedom and the feeling.
    Can’t wait for the next ride.

    Oh, and I’ve decided on a bag. An Acorn large saddlebag it is. My birthday is coming up and everything.

  3. tim says:

    Patrick (and Dave), I just drew up a 101-miler in that same general region. Toughy, with 5000ft+ of climbing (yowzah!), but store stops in NewMiddletown and Laconia (if there’s service).

    It would be pretty grand, especially with weather like we had Sunday.

  4. Patrick says:

    I’m in for the century. WITH NO TIME CONSTRAINTS.

    I’ll have my Riv Sackville Medium by then, too. Having it made custom to enhance bag rub.

    Travelling quite a bit over the next couple of months, so I hope I’m here when you schedule the ride!

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