Sunday, May 15, 2016

3 States of Gravel




With the Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder on Sunday, Will and I decided to meet in Copake Falls for a little tour gravel tour of New York, Western Mass, and NW Connecticut.  Starting at the Rail Trail parking lot we headed over to Sunset Rock, which I think is one of the toughest climbs in the area and hit it with fresh legs.




Within a few hundred yards, Wil started getting way ahead.  He has turned into a really strong rider.



After descending the back side of the Catamount down into the Jug End our route takes us on Giberson Road, which is closed to vehicular traffic but still very rideable for bikes. The rain from the previous night, however, did make one section of this road really muddy but you just have to get in the wheel track and power through it.



Passing between Twin Lakes we stopped off by the water for a little photo opportunity. What's great about this spot is from here you can see all the mountains in Mount Washington State Forest, our next destination.


I got another set of Serfas HTK Survivor Series tires and put them on the Cross Check because while mostly a commuting tire they are also great for gravel and true to form they performed excellently today.


The view from here is always stunning even when there is no sun!


We got a snack in Salisbury before making the final climb up Mt Riga Road



Mt Riga Road is the biggest climb in Connecticut and it's mostly dirt!



I think this is the first time we have ridden Mt Riga in the Spring and the road was in great shape!



I was able to hang with Wil for a little bit but then on one of the steeper sections he was gone!



Mt Riga waterfall


At the Massachusetts State Line



After cleaning up we headed over to the Chatham Brewery for a Flyte of samplers and something to eat.




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