|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.
Starting from White Memorial I rode out the trails out to Whites Wood Road. Technically, First Dirt, occured in the parking lot and the ride down to the bridge over the Bantam River.
The first dirt road was on Webster Rd.
Last year we avoided coming up Pitch Road from the other direction. From this approach it's really steep and the gravel is really rough.
The sections of trail through the pine forests are exceptionally buff
This pond, due to beaver activity, is what ruined the road
Then it's a nice descent along the Pitch Reservoir
Popping out onto Rt 109 I descended down to Moosehorn Road and started climbing again. My route had me continuing right at this intersection on Moosehorn but seeing this nice gravel right here was too much to turn down so I went off script on Wigwam Road.
The gravel ends when you leave the water company property and then a mile further I turned right onto Whiskers Lane and picked up my route only going the opposite direction.
Making the right it reminded me of the other Chestnut Hill Road on the other side of the reservoir
The toughest climb of the ride was Richards Rd Ext
Continuing on Richards Rd Ext there appears to be a road on the map but it was posted No Trespassing so I detoured around it
Then I came to four way intersection and decided to head towards the center of the park
I found a port-a-potty in the parking lot and took an urgent call with Mr Hanky
and then rolled down to Buell Road and then picked up my course again and rode up this road back to the four way intersection I rode through earlier.
While descending the dirt road to Rt 118 there was a well defined track with a lot more hoof prints.
Turns out there's an outfit that runs horseback tours into Topsmead.
Off of Chestnut Hill there is a dual tracked trail that descends down to the Bantam River
I found this by looking at the White Memorial Map and noticing this old road connected Chestnut Hill to South Street
I brought the fender thinking if I didn't bring it I would need it and if I brought it I wouldn't need it. It was way to too dry out and was totally unecessary
Just watch out for the waterbars. I stayed in the middle and it was much easier.
I saw signs for a new rail trail on the old Shepaug Railroad and I was getting a little burnt out after yesterday's ride so I found the trail
It looks like there are plans to connect this section to other side of Bissel Road
never noticed that trail that connects east chestnut to south! Can't wait to check it out
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