There was a post on the CT Gravel Grinders Facebook Page about someone looking to ride gravel between Mohawk Mountain SF and Mountain Tom that Mike alerted me about. I posted up that I was interested and wondering if the ride leader had a route in mind. He did not so I drew one up on RWGPS using my Roubaix to Brew dirt road map. I have ridden a few roads in and around the forest but I knew there was more to sample so I started looking at the USGS Topo and the State's Map of the forest and found some additional roads to explore.
It was rideable initially but for those that didn't put on the bug spray before leaving the parking lot found that there were a lot of ticks. Roy said he pulled 8 of them off him!
There was a little descent and then we turned onto Lucas Road and it despite some ruddiness at the start it was ok for the first 100 yards
Then we found multiple trees that were down blocking the road making it unrideable which turned this part of the ride into a Napoleon's Death March
Next came the biggest climb of the day - Angevine Road
After bombing down Flat Rocks and another brutal climb up in the heat we came upon more cows
and looking for a handout but we had to leave because the owner came out thinking we were doing something untowardly to his herd
Turning north we headed up Waldhams Road, which was a pretty good dirt road with quite a bit of vehicular traffic
It just kept climbing until we got back to Toomey Road and then started descending back towards the parking lot from where we started.