Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pandemic RAW: The Ride at Five

It's rush hour and normally this stretch of I-84, just past Exit 9, is either backed up and moving really slow.

This was another one of those days that I had to get out and ride after work.

Even though the temperature was around 60 degrees I was expecting to get home after dark so I dressed accordingly.

I have never seen this section of Mt Pleasant Road in Newtown, just east of the Lutheran Church, this empty before. After crossing Mount Pleasant, I headed back down Taunton Rd, and this time I kept my eyes open for deer. I hung a right onto Plum Trees Road and rode down to Rockwell Road. I came up on two boys riding all over the road, from side to side, when I told them to make up their mind as to which side of the road they were going to ride. I might have scared them a bit but I was able to get past them.

Riding up Cod Fish Hill ext I am always amazed at how many people I see walking this stretch of road. This evening some mother was making her kids run down to the intersection and back.  Crossing back into Newtown and heading down Poverty Hollow I came across quite a few cyclists heading the other direction. Each one was about 1/4 mile apart - was that some sort of Social Distancing Group Ride?

The peepers were going crazy as I descended into the Aspetauck Chasm and the Aspetauk River was running full tilt.  

I looped around on Stepney Road and the climbed up Eden Hill.

By the time I got to the top of Platts Hill where it meets with Brushy Hill the sun was setting.

People were out playing gold this evening, too.

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