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.
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.
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).
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.
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.