Originally, I was thinking about doing a ride up Mt Riga Road for a first day of spring Gravel Grinder but from all the posts that I had seen on the Socials it looked like all the dirt roads further north of me were going to be a sloppy mess. So, I figured something down my way, hit a few dirt roads, make a brewery stop would be the best way to celebrate the coming of spring.
Scott met me at Cover 2 and we proceeded to ride up to the top of East Flat Hill and that is one hell of a climb. The first section tops out at 19% and the kicker right before the top is 12% but it's worth it because you get to ride down a nice dirt road called Peach Orchard.
From Peach Orchard there is a 13% paved climb up Spruce Brook and then we headed over to the lovely dirt section of Cassidy Road. At the intersection with Mallory Road, we turned east onto the East Flag Swamp and began a dirty descent to Rt 172.