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Dreux, Nancy, Mike, Me
The eleventh running of the Eel started out on a cold Sunday morning from Brendan's house in Tarriffville. The Eel had its origins as an unofficial mixed terrain rain along the CT River but now has moved a little further north and has gotten a little longer.
Mike fell back with us and there was a big group that charged on ahead and missed the first turn but they caught up.
The trail we were on popped out on the power lines and then headed back in. The sun made things a lot warmer and clothes started coming off.
My altered route took us directly to the Granville General Store where I made acquaintance with Sandals Guy and few others as we took a rest break to fuel up and prepare for what was to come.
So we continued on up and eventually found dirt on Blanford Road which was nice and flat and a welcomed respite after all that climbing.
Between Mike looking at Google Maps and me using RWGPS we found a nice ATV trail, called Wendy Road, that headed back to the original route.
The trail descended near a stream and there were quite a few washouts. Since it is Water Company Property the road repair was done with big trap rock which made descending nearly impossible. A mountain bike would have been nice. In fact we met a few mountain bikers that were climbing up and that was their recommendation.
At Farnum Road we met up with a guy named Greg who missed the turn and back tracked to this point as we pulled up. We had to wait for the farmer in his tractor to climb up the hill before we could start again.
They were impressed that we were riding rigid bikes
We made it to the State Line
I was expecting dirt through People's State Forest but the road was for the most part paved, crappy, but not dirt.
And it is definitely worth riding
It was quite busy and at one point we got stuck behind some slow moving cars
Then came Breezy Hill, the second to last really big climb
Mike cramped in both legs at one point. I came close to cramping few times.
The last really big climb was North Mountain Road which tops out at 20%
The ride through Stratton Brook was absolutely lovely
It looked like we were the last ones to return but there were still a two cars with empty bike racks so I don't know if we were really the last ones to return.