Today's Ride

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billyymc billyymc
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Damn - that's quite a reaction there!

So I went back out today and hit the ride I intended to do the other day when my gear failure and lack of preparedness prevented it (after the deer gone wild incident).

111 miles, 11.1k feet (my gps actually ended at 11,112 - I rode an extra half mile to try and get all "1s" - but ridewithgps took a few feet back...haha).

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/39689491

About half of the distance was gravel. More than half the elevation gain. And definitely more than half the effort. There were some challenging descents where it hit minus 18 percent on loose 1 to 2 inch gravel. And long bumpy freakin descents like out of Hammond Hill Forest - I had to stop and let some air out of my tires to get down without shaking to pieces.

Overall it was a great ride - scenic and beautiful, peaceful, challenging, really painful at times, and ultimately successful. And I saw six deer in the first half mile and not one of them ran me over haha.

And I know aerobars on a gravel bike is weird but I need the extra positioning on rides this long, and it definitely helped on the few flattish sections. My back and ass both were thankful for them. And yes I know the winner of Dirty Kanza used them (why the heck does everyone seem to know that?)

This was the "road" to the top of Hammond Hill - about 1/2 mile of this fun.







Harvey Harvey
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Time to ride!
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
ScottySkis1 ScottySkis1
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September 20 2029 Friday
Riding lovely weather in Middletown Hudson valley. About 10 miles today Nice fall weather
ScottySkis1 ScottySkis1
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Saturday September 20 2019
20 miles from Middletown to Montgomery NY
Perfect weather today.
ADmiKe ADmiKe
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Any of you NJ guys going to the NJ MTB fest at Ringwood Sunday?  I may do a group ride there in the morning then head up and ride Sterling Forest full loop for the first time in the afternoon.
JasonWx JasonWx
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I'll be there..

ain't no way i'm riding ringwood then doing sterling..Sterling is a soul crushing 8 miles...

I know some sweetness in Ringwood..
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Jamesdeluxe Jamesdeluxe
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JasonWx wrote
ain't no way i'm riding ringwood then doing sterling..
Agreed, there's plenty at either one for several hours of riding.
ADmiKe ADmiKe
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Yeh I’ve never rode Ringwood so maybe my plan is too ambitious, nor have I ridden a full loop at sterling just a small portion of the loop....so I guess I’ll have to see how it plays out.

Harvey Harvey
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Never really thought about a helmet in this way but I took one on the plastic today from an acorn, man it was loud and I think it would have hurt!
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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PM  me

Maybe we can meet up
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