This was our first year camping with our adoptive D2R2 riding family from Massachusetts. Normally, Will and I would share a hotel room and then drive to the start early in the morning but the beauty of camping is that you are right there. Just ride over for breakfast and then blast off. Another first is that we got Paul Mayer, a Newtown Lunartic, to join us, too.
I might have been still drunk or just badly hungover from the night before when we started but it was so hot and humid that I must have sweated out all those toxins during the first hour of the ride.
We hit First Dirt 11 miles into the ride, which is kind of unusual, on South County Road just outside of Greenfield and then began a 5 mile climb.
In North Bernardston the route took us down this goat path which was more of a dual track mountain bike trail. I rode it like a mountain bike by hanging my butt off the rear and riding the brakes.
Listening to the water flowing over the Crib Dam was so relaxing. It had a tempo that could put you to sleep. After the rest stop we went out to do the Carpenter Hill Extra Credit Loop.
From here we decided to just head back on the regular 160K route rather than trying to include the missing section from last year's mystery route.
and then we were back!
We did a few extra miles and fun was had by all