On Sunday's (5/3) Norbrook Farms Roubaix, the route used Westside Road, Lover's Lane, and Elmore Road, which are three main dirt roads through Norfolk, CT. We found them chip sealed. It was a different kind of chip seal that we have never seen before. The rock material was marble sized and still gave the effect of riding a gravel road. Does this still classify as gravel?
As we were cresting the top of Elmore Road I asked the guy working in his yard, "when did this road stop being dirt?"
His answer: "Monday!"
Mike, Scott and I met at Norbrook Farm Brewery for 50+ mile mixed surface ride aimed at riding the dirt roads south of Route 44, however, to get there I wanted to hit a few dirt roads north of the brewery that hadn't ridden before. One of those roads was Phelps Road that was First Dirt on today's ride and wouldn't you know it, someone got a flat!
Once that was taken care of we continued down Phelps Road until it turned back to pavement and then followed that until turning off onto Mt Pisgah Road, which turned into a nice dirt road climb. This led us all the way to the Colebrook General Store.
It was still early and there was no reason to stop so we pressed on towards Winstead where more new dirt roads awaited our tires.
which I thought was longer but it wasn't
The view from Platt Hill State Park was great
Turning onto Chapel Road we came across this interesting mailbox holder. Kind of overkill for just your mailbox.
We didn't take this sign seriously
Then it started to descend, however
There was surprise on this boat, it had a built in toilet.
The road got better
however someone crashed on it
After the bridge I discovered that we were crossing the old Central New England Railroad right of way. Looking west, it appears rideable
not even two miles,
Eventually we worked our way towards Great Forest but there was pretty significant hill to climb first
and there is pretty decent climb in the middle that forgot about
Then we hooked around and headed back towards Norfolk
We had lunch in Norfolk
I wanted to ride to the top of Haystack Mountain but as you can see, the clouds were moving in and according the weather report it was supposed to start raining at 2 PM.
Riding up Elemore which was chip sealed we turned on east onto Webber Road
Webber turns to dirt and it's a long climb, too. Turning onto Barry Road, which is nice to ride initally
and gets crappier as we continue
and around 3 PM it started to rain
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