I drove up to Durham, NH early for my son's orientation for University of New Hampshire and went out on the Ridley to ride a few dirt roads near the school. The first one was this Class VI road that checked on the NH Dirt Roads Website/Map as a through road but as you can see on the other side of that pipe it's just a choked trail that's washed out in many places.
I think even the cows thought I was crazy
I timed my arrival perfectly with the weather report. It said rain in the morning and then clearing by midday. Granted, the roads were a little wet hear and there.
Except of the boardwalks, the Ridley was riding really nicely. In order to run a 40t cassette I put on a SRAM X-5 derailleur turning the bike into a mullet. I had read this was the best mountain bike derailleur that works with road lever/shifters. My only concern was that there was no barrel adjuster to adjust the cable attention. Turns out, I didn't need it because shifting was really good.
I wonder if the beaver working on this tree realized that perhaps he bit off more than he could chew.
Also tested out a holder for the Varia today. It snaps over it and has a lanyard loop so it can be dummy corded to your saddle rails so that if it did fall offer during a ride you wouldn't lose. This happened to a friend of mine and I have been paranoid about losing my Varia ever since. It worked great!
The University has their own train stop on Amtrak's Nor'easter Line and the smallest platform I have ever seen.