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
Initially I was just going to take the flattest route to New Milford but all the new fresh pavement was was too enticing so I did the climb up Rt 133 to Brookfield Center and then the new pavement on Long Meadow Hill
When I got to Boardman Bridge I texted Mike to see what his ETA was and he hadn't even left his house so I started riding back towards New Milford in search of some food. Riding down Boardman Rd I found a PeeWee football game about to start at Bulls Field and stopped at the Snack Shack for some more energy drink and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
River Road is one of the best dirt roads around. Five miles up to Gaylordsville with nice views of the Housatonic River
and then there is Gaylordsville Spite House also referred as the Cake House (when it was painted pink)
Also in attendance was Heidi, Melissa, Jim, Curt, and Paul
Coming down Rooster Tail Hollow is always a white knuckle descent with 16% a grade and a 90 degree turn in the middle
It was on Long Mountain Road that I remember running into Andy Engel around 2013, who was training for D2R2 with his friend Joe Shrack.
|Photo credit: Heidi Baks|
The last big climb of Ralph's ride was up through Macedonia State Park and the back side of Skiff Mountain