Friday, September 30, 2022
Monday, September 26, 2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Don't you just love it when your wife wants you to go for a ride? That's how this ride came about. We had Will's apartment keys from when my daughter spent a few weeks this summer cat sitting and brought the keys home before going off to school. Sondra, Will's wife, thought it would be great idea if we got together this Sunday so I could hand off the keys. Our wives conspired and here we are are!
Sunday, September 04, 2022
You might say Ralph Pruitt is somewhat of a legend in our area. He is a prolific gravel rider and I have had the pleasure to ride with him a few times and kills everything. Before he moved the south the last time I rode with him was back in 2017 where we did a 70 mile gravel ride to the Barrington Brewery. Prior to this ride I had a made a few suggestions to get a few more dirt miles in but Ralph really wanted to hold the route to 40 miles so I decided to do his ride in three parts:
- Ride to Gaylordsville and along the way meet Mike and ride a little dirt along the way
- Meet up with Ralph and his crew from Pawling Cycle and do his route
- Ride home and hit some gravel roads in Newtown and perhaps stop at a Brewery
Sunday, August 28, 2022
|Climbing Blakeslee Road|
Last fall, Mike and I rode what I called the Litchfield Hills Roubaix in which we rode from Roxbury to Thomaston and then back through Litchfield and we just scratched surface of all the dirt roads between Roxbury and Route 8. I decided to come back and try a few more.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
This week's RC Ilumenati's Tuesday night ride, which happened on Wednesday, was without Dear Leader. The consensus was let's ride lightly traveled roads and stop at Ferris Acres for ice cream.
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
I think after a couple of days and being extra careful around my wife, wearing a mask, and staying away from here as much as possible and not having any symptoms I think I have dodged the COVID bullet. Gavin and I decided to ride to Ovens of France Friday morning. Since the Jamis was in need of a gearing overhaul I replaced my rear tire on the Waltly with a replacement that I bought while I was in Chicago but had it delivered in CT by accident.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
After taking a rest day on Monday I rode to my local polling place to cast my vote in the Democratic Primaries and then proceeded to ride 30 miles. When I got home, I noticed my wife's care still in the garage which was odd because she usually goes to work on Tuesdays. When I got upstairs and found her in her office and asked her why didn't go to work she pointed to a rapid test result on her desk and said that she has COVID!
Sunday, August 07, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Monday, July 25, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Friday, July 22, 2022
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
With the mercury into the 90s but very little humidity I headed out Tuesday, July 19th on route that would take me north to Libertyville and then head south with a brewery stop 3/4s of the way through the ride.
Monday, July 18, 2022
After over two hundred miles of riding on the Waltly it was time to give JustGoodBeers some lovin. Afterall, why did I bring it in the first place if I wasn't going to ride it?
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
My first ride this summer in Chicago took me to the shores of Lake Michigan down off of Sheridan Road, which is a major cycling route. One of the challenges of riding in the Northern Chicago Suburbs is trying to avoid the major thoroughfares, like Lake Cook Rd, Dundee Rd and Willow Rd, and then finding ways to get over to Highland Park to Green Bay Road.
Monday, July 11, 2022
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Monday, July 04, 2022
Friday, July 01, 2022
Sunday, June 12, 2022
My new cycling shoe dilemma is over. Earlier this spring I bought a pair a Pearl Izumi road shoes but when ever I wore them my feet would go numb. I tried everything: thin socks, no socks, super loose, and nothing worked so I took them back.
Sunday, June 05, 2022
I parked at Kent Town all and plotted a route that would net me some more Wandrer miles and take through some different parts of Dutchess and Columbia Counties. I could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Perfect cycling temperatures.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
I usually take a rest day on Mondays but since I didn't really ride very hard over the weekend I went out for a road ride with Scott.
It's always good omen when there are cows on the side of the road
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Monday, May 16, 2022
|Photo credit: Gavin Arneth|
Tomas, center, and I worked together GE Capital in Danbury a few years back and he's been riding for a couple of years. I invited him to join our weekly, Saturday morning Ovens of France ride.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
We were making good time and even caught up with a couple of groups that had even left earlier. Two of the racing teams caught up with us on Jefferson Hill 15 miles into the course.
The sun started coming out about 2 hours into the ride but the roads not directly exposed to daylight were still a bit greasy. The Ass Saver came in handy!
The descent down to 295 was wild and fast and when everyone was down we headed west to pick up the main course and next big climb, Schilling's Crossing.
Tunnel Hill was equally massive, however, shorter but I think much steeper than what my Garmin recorded
Mike was not having fun. He started getting cramps on Tunnel Hill and fared no better on Dean Hill
The last part of my modified route included Maple Hill. Margaret and Mike opted for the regular route
Will and I caught up Margaret and Mike at the last fuel stop. They were about to leave when we pulled up. After fueling up we headed out for the last bit of singletrack, Beebe Hill.
As far as singletrack goes, it's not that bad but the 27% trail climb always turns into Napoleon's Death March.