It's getting harder to come up with a different route each week for Riding Club Ilumenati's Tuesday Night rides. The route for this evening's ride had us cutting through the northern part of the Park City and there were a lot of cars. However, this was the only way over to the rail trail so it was a necessary evil.
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Sunday, October 03, 2021
It was foggy and a little chilly leaving my house but that all changed when the sun finally burned off the fog and things started heating up
Saturday, October 02, 2021
The seasonal change appears to be upon us and it was a chilly ride to Ovens of France this morning. It was foggy down in the Housatonic River Valley but broke when we started climbing out. We took the shortest route today because Gavin had somewhere to be.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
|Photo Credit: Scotty D|
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
I went to see my son compete in his first Para-Tri that he had been training for all summer at the Madison Surf Club and he came in first place in the team event. His guide did the swim and he rode a tandem and ran with the guide.
|Elliot finishing the ride|
I forgot that September 11th was also the day of the 2021 Closer to Free Cancer Charity ride but due to increase of COVID cases caused by the Delta Variant the organizers went virtual or DIY. That would explain why I was seeing all these cyclists on Rt 146 between Madison and New Haven and one rider, a cancer survivor, caught my interest as she had a pink flamingo attached to her helmet.
Monday, September 06, 2021
Sunday, September 05, 2021
I drove up to Spencertown and picked up Will and we proceeded to Florida, MA where I parked at the Abbott Memorial School. It was raining lightly the whole way up as well as when we started riding.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
|Snack stop at Pete's Mom's house|
This week's Ilumenati ride started and ended from the commuter lot at the intersection of Wolfpit Road and Route 7 in Wilton. The planned route had quite a bit of different terrain including gravel roads, rail trails and a greenway. We headed south towards Norwalk and Silvermine and then turned north.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Following up on my She cleans up good but buyer beware post from a month ago, the bike I sold to the Hartford Bike Flipper has dropped the price to $1,200! It's a 7 year old bike with 21,000 miles on it. Of course any would be buyer isn't going to know that and neither does the seller because he never asked me. I know bikes are still scarce right now but who would pay that much for aluminum 10 speed?
Monday, August 16, 2021
Lately I have been on a quest to ride as much unique mileage as possible driven by an application that works with Strava called Wandrer. One of the motivations in going to Chicago for a week and bringing my bike is the target rich environment of roads that I have never ridden before.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
While I was in Chicago the 90mm EC90 Carbon stem that I ordered came in and so I took off the Ritchey handlebars that came with the bike and retaped the Salsa Cowbells that I got from a friend last month and installed the new stem.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Monday, August 09, 2021
Sunday, August 08, 2021
Friday, August 06, 2021
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go! My original plan for my first day in the Chicago area was to ride my grandmother's old house in the Rogers Park section of Chicago but after the little maintenance issue I needed to tweak my route a bit. My grandmother's house is a place of many memories and having never lived in Chicago and only visited for 40 years I always considered it my second home.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
This event popped up in one of my social feeds last month and I knew I had to be there. I even created a team for our self proclaimed riding club and surprisingly almost everyone joined up. We had Gavin, Mike, Marshal, Andy (honorary member and Gavin's future son-in-law) and myself. Having it at Two Roads was great because they have such a variety of beer but the only thing I didn't like was the course because to get to 45 miles you had to do another lap of the top most section of the course.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
I made those changes to the Waltly that I talked about in my July 21 post and picked up my new tires from the Bicycle Center but didn't put them on. I did go out for a test ride Friday afternoon only to discover that the saddle was canted downwards too much. I finished the ride and then fixed it so it was right.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
I was driving home work on Wednesday when at the bottom of Church Hill Road in Redding I noticed a Lemonade Stand so I stopped. Unfortunately, the kids were in the process of cleaning up so I couldn't get a cup but I told them that I would be coming by with my riding group tomorrow and I was sure they wouldn't mind a cold cup of lemonade.
|Photo Credit: Scott Davidow|
We ending up starting later than I wanted and I wasn't sure they would still be open but they were and really excited that we showed up. We all got our cup of lemonade and tipped them, too.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Every year I try to combine Mt Riga Road and Sunset Rock Road into some sort of a ride that is different every time. Mt Riga Road is known for its length and steep sections, combined with the fact that it's a dirt road that spans both CT and Massachusetts. According to Ride With GPS it is a Class 1 climb that is 6 miles long, a max grade of 15% and average grade of 5.4%. Sunset Rock Road is just steep. 1 mile long with an average grade of 12%. My Garmin said there were sections that were 22%.
Sunday, July 04, 2021
One of the original Lunartics that moved to New Jersey last year came back up to Newtown for a party and got really wrecked the night before but still made it to our weekly ride to OOF. It was a cold morning after a storm came through the night before and we were dressed with long sleeves in summer.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The weather boffins predicted rain would start around 8 PM in the lower foothills of the Berkshires so Mike, Scott and I headed out from Roxbury Market on an unscripted gravel ride. It was again another hot afternoon reaching into the 90s but given that we would be riding mostly in the shade I wasn't terribly worried about it. There was no question of a happy ending but how wet was it going to be?
Mike showed up in his Ultraromance Gravel Kit and we headed to Judd's Bridge. We came across two guys headed in the same direction but didn't really slow down to chit chat.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
My daily commute from work has me driving up Poverty Hollow Road in Redding and Newtown, which also happens to be a popular cycling route and one that ride frequently. It also tends to be a mainstay for our evening Illuminati rides. On Monday, while returning from work I noticed a big doll that someone had propped up against one of the graves. That evening, one of the Newtown Lunartics, Gabby, rode by there and went social media on it.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
On the way up to Sharon we met up with Steve, on the right, who told us he lives on Westwoods Road No 1. If you have ever ridden this road you will recall that it's brutal, dirt road climb up the backside of Skiff Mountain. Steve told us that he usually drives down the hill and parks at the bottom so that he doesn't have to climb back up after big ride. That's pretty smart. Steve was meeting a friend in Sharon who was going to ride Deep Hollow into Millbrook. We parted with Steve and Mike and I continued north.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Right after High School, in 1983, I went to Germany as an exchange student and one of the trips we took as a group was to Berlin. At that time, the Berlin Wall was still standing aimed at keeping the west out when it was really meant to imprison those in the east. That socialistic pipe dream came crashing down five years later.
43 years later, here I am standing at another border crossing, having ridden to it from where we were staying on Lake Champlain, on a day of fierce winds that made fishing nearly impossible. I got the same feeling as I did back in Berlin, only this exclusion from another country wasn't due ideological/political reasons rather the Global Pandemic that has closed our borders to all unless deemed essential.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
|Photo Credit: Scott Davidow|
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Remember that scene in Animal House towards the end of the movie where the kid is sitting on his bed looking at a Playboy and one of the women dressed as a Playboy Bunny was catapulted off the float and lands on the kid's bed? He exclaims, "Thank you God!" Well that's what it was like today on the Mullikin Trail at Upper Paugussett State Forest.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
After last year's Lake Winnespaukee Gravel Grinder ride I took an interest in this part of New Hampshire to add more dirt roads to my Roubaix to Brew dirt road and breweries map. Being somewhat of a topography/cartography nerd I found that were quite a few circular shaped mountains in this area. After some research I found that this part of the state was home to quite a few ancient volcanoes and Pawtuckaway State Park caught my interest. Also known as the Dragon's Eye, the concentric rings around a center mound mark the center of an ancient volcano where the magma chamber solidified and then collapsed upon itself, called a ring dike.